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Since their first show at Hollywood s Hotel Café in December 2008, soulsters Fitz & the Tantrums have toured with Maroon 5, played to thousands at Colorado s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, shared the stage New Year s Eve with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and performed on KCRW s esteemed show, Morning Becomes Eclectic. The recipe for success? Six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, one vintage organ and nonstop touring.

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It only takes about two minutes and 54 seconds - the length of single Breakin The Chains of Love - to turn a hard-line skeptic into a rug-cutting fool. --LA Weekly
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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dangerbird Records
  • ASIN: B003TTZSXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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.....hey, how come all my reviews get 5 stars?....because i only review stuff that knocks me OUT!!.....these guys (and gal) have it NAILED DOWN, sharp as a razor Motown vibe completely punched up to a whole new level of amazing......whether you're talking musicianship, vocals, songwriting, presence or just cool clothes, this band delivers much more than you bargain for at every turn.....excellent mix of songs (some dance, some ballads, some r&b) makes this album one of the very best i've heard in the past year......you're gonna love it....i already got tickets to their next show (have heard they're really great live)......can't wait!

~~~~~ UPDATE November ---- going to catch them this Saturday for their 3rd show this year in Chicago, a party not to miss!!.....they're on a damn fine trajectory (how sweet it is) with t-o-n-s of talent, good old-fashioned hard work and just keeping it real.....you wanna know the difference between art and entertainment?..... entertainment fades away, while art only gets better and better......new album for 2012, guys, i know you got it in ya....
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A great record you can listen to from beginning to end. When was the last time you did that? Jumps out of your speakers because it sounds so different. Love the cuts: Moneygrabber, Pickin' up the Pieces, and Mr. President. Noell's vocals are wonderful -- she brings a lot to the party. What I like most is it's different, fresh, - a treasured gem mined from the wasteland of American Pop music today. Finally! A great "time capsule" album for 2011. Had never heard of them. My husband serving in Iraq heard them in the middle of the desert listening to the AF radio network... and thankfully sent me the record because I'm from Philly. Those reviewing claiming it sounds like Hall & Oats - Daryl Hall all but handed this band his torch while he sang MoneyGrabber on Live @ Daryls house - it's an awesome jam with the "blue eyed soul" master himself. Check it out!
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Is it too late to buy stock in these guys? I saw them in concert in Chicago in mid-February having heard only one song (the infectious "Moneygrabber") previously, and I loved the show! They're very tight, very personable, and their music is a wonderful blend of Hall & Oates and Motown's finest.

"Moneygrabber" is one of my favorite songs of the past 5 years. I really like 6 of the other 9 songs, and the other 3 (the slower songs) aren't bad. All in all, one of the most auspicious debuts in years.

To really get a feel for this band's sound and flair, check out their "Moneygrabber" video on YouTube.

I hope the band gets a break like being on "Late Night with David Letterman". I know Dave and Paul would love 'em, and I think most of America would, too.
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Fitz And The Tantrums may be a new band, but the origin of the California sextet is due to being industry veterans. The lead singer Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick got his start as the engineer for producer Mickey Petralia (Best known for his work with Flight Of The Conchords). He assembled a band that included former lead singer of The Rebirth Noelle Scaggs, and session musicians Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks, Ethan Phillips and James King. It was then he christened the new band with a name that was a play on words (Get It? Fitz And The Tantrums?). From there, they recorded an EP "Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1" in August 2009. They signed with the independent record label Dangerbird Records and released their debut "Pickin' Up The Pieces" a year after their critically accalimed EP.

Though there is an overwhelming influence of 1960's soul and pop music on this debut, it's more along the lines of the early 80's based piano driven new wave. The band harkens back to a sound that is more reminiscent of bands like ABC, The Style Council and Hall & Oates. The album starts off with the first single, the breakup centered "Breakin' The Chains Of Love". They demand the attention of a political leader about social issues on "Dear Mr. President", while leading into the heartbreak lament title track "Pickin' Up The Pieces"- which features a rare lead vocal from Noelle. Fitz delivers a kiss off to a gold digger on "MoneyGrabber", while working an uptempo dance rhythm on "L.O.V.". Fitz sings with acerbic wit on "Rich Girls" and close the album with the ballad "Fighter". While most of the songs are rather upbeat, most of the album focuses on the topic of heartbreak and the demise of a relationship. Fitz And The Tantrums' "Pickin' Up The Pieces" is a great- albeit brief- debut from this band, and will instantly make a fan out of the most staunch music critic. If there is any indication from this debut, people will be hearing a lot more from them.
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By RickRS on September 6, 2010
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Fitz and the Tantrums is a fresh new mix of soul and pop music. If you enjoy 60/70 soul, this album is the best thing you'll hear this year. Electric organ and saxphone drives the sound and it is impossible to sit still thru up-tempo cuts like "L.O.V.", "MoneyGrabber", "Breaking The Chains Of Love". Slow grooves like "We Don't Need No Love Songs" are in the best blue-eye soul tradition.

I'm certainly hoping for a long and successful career for this new band, they are good!
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I happened to catch a small write-up in Rolling Stone some time ago, and on a whim picked up this amazing little CD (I say little because the album clocks in at about 36 mins). I was a little slow to warm up to it at first, but the more I listened to it the more I liked it. The way to describe this album? A unique mixture! This album successfully tows the line between polished and passion. First thing I noticed where the vocals - top notch blue-eyed soul that would make Daryl Hall proud. Rarely do we get to hear someone who can sing with this type of rawness while also sounding accessible. Second - the production - again it's polished but not so much so that you can't make out the individual instruments. I love albums with this sound: crisp, punchy, raw, but not so raw that it sounds like it was recorded on a tape recorder. Third - the band! There's not many R&B bands out there so it's refreshing to hear they're still out there... and sound like this.

I guess you could describe this album as having a retro sound. The songs are very much in the mold of late 60's Motown, with a modern production values. If you're looking for an album with that's equally packed with grooves and hook, then this is your CD. Oh, and it you're a vinyl collector like I am, you can find a vinyl copy of this album on their web site.
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