Gorgeous Orchestral Pop,
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This review is from: The Rip Tide (Audio CD)
First, I want to thank Paste.com for including The Rip Tide in its best of 2011 list, thereby introducing me to this wonderful talent (Zach Condon). I liked The Rip Tide so much I bought his two previous albums: Gulag Orkestar (2006) and The Flying Club Cup (2007); both are very good. If you enjoy heartbreakingly beautiful pop music (reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens's Illinoise), you owe it to yourself to hear this album, which is a delight from start to finish. I had to look up the lyrics so I could sing along with my favorite track "Port of Call". Thank you, Zach, for putting so much beauty out in the world. Easily my favorite album of 2011.