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Gossamer

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2012 release, the sophomore album from the American Electropop band. Gossamer is the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album Manners. The album is comprised of 12 new tracks that showcase Michael Angelakos' ever-expanding lyrical talents and bring to life his trademark irresistible beats. "On Gossamer there is more of a dichotomy between the lyrics and the music. You hear my lyrics more precisely which is something I was ready for. The lyrics on this album have a lot to say about what the last two years of my life have been troubled with," explains Angelakos. Gossamer was made throughout 2011 in Los Angeles and New York City, and again finds Angelakos working with Manners producer Chris Zane.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B0083EM24C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeremy on October 31, 2012
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Michael Angelakos is a fascinating individual. Shortly after I purchased this album, I heard an interview with him on Sound Opinions, and I was kind of blown away with his honesty. Jim and Greg talk to him *at length* about his bipolar disorder and how his mental health issues had dominated his life in recent years.

One of the things that's easy to overlook about this album (and Passion Pit in general) is the striking contrast between the sound and the lyrics: the tempo is upbeat, the sound is chipper, the hooks massive - but underneath it all, the lyrics are stark and deeply depressing at times. Passion Pit music feels like an embodiment of Angelakos's own self-described experiences, with echoes of lyrical despair thinly veiled behind a layer of exuberant sound.

Let's back up: "Gossamer" is "pop," with a huge dose of electronics thrown in for good measure. This describes a lot of music these days, but even discarding the lyrics, Angelakos injects layers of sound that elevate Passion Pit beyond the standard fare you're likely to hear on Clearchannel. The sound: huge! The hooks: killer! But, as Angelakos says, Passion Pit songs take the "long way" to get there, and the payoff is all the greater for it.

Bottom line: Passion Pit is simply incredible. And this album is simply incredible. Buy it.
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I picked up a used copy of Passion Pit's first CD "Manners" on a whim -- the rainbow-ribbon cover looked intriguing, thought I'd give it a shot. Loved just about everything about it, including (if not especially) the two surprisingly chill acoustic renditions. Also hugely enjoy "Little Secrets." Only down side to "Manners" was singer's falsetto could be a little thin & grating on the aural nerves at times. In any case, I've been eagerly awaiting "Gossamer" for a long time, knew it would be amped up based on hearing "Take a Walk" on local radio.

Man, I thought "Manners" was thick & heavy in the synth department, but "Gossamer" often goes for all-out wall of electronica, rivaling M83 for "most heavily layered multi-mega-tracked synth bomb" or something like that. Been listening regularly for a couple months now, wavered back & forth between 4 & 5 stars. 4 stars would be attributable to catchy but vacuous pop tracks like "Carried Away" and "Hideaway" -- a little too reminiscent of Lightning Seeds, maybe played at 45 RPM when it should be 33. Also could have used a few stripped-down acoustic versions such as grace "Manners," but alas, "Gossamer" is a bit too dedicated to being LOUD and UP.

But I had to go 5 stars based primarily on the lyrical & musical triumph "Take a Walk," the goofy/groovy retro-70s grind and catchy chorus of "Cry Like a Ghost," and the undeniable strength of the last 3 tracks, which rival any back-to-back-to-back triple shot you'll ever hear on any synth album ever. "Love is Greed" is so happy & boppy & joyously backgrounded with female choral vocals that you'll almost miss the surprisingly melancholy lyrics.

"Where We Belong" is the perfect coda to an album that is a most curious fusion of lyrical ambivalence and musical transcendence.
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Loving the new alternative music out now. This is one of my husband and I's favorite new bands. Discovered them on XM Radio's Alt Nation. This is in regular rotation in the house (yea for music safe to play with the kids around!) and in the car.
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Every time I buy an album by Passion Pit I usually buy it because there are a few major singles that I really like on it. But after I listen to the whole album I come to love absolutely every single song on it! Michael Angelakos truly has an original and pleasant musical talent that, while sometimes seemingly frustratingly similar to his other work (understandably since it's all his work...), definitely stands out from other artists.
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I recently attended a Passion Pit Concert At the Greek after seeing the group on Jimmy Kimmel and they were great. Quite a range of sound and styles, some very unexpected as the lead singer will hit highs and sing in that tone for the length of his whole song. Though that is not how his voice really sounds it has got to be allot of effort to do it for many songs as he does.
So I had to purchase their albums as they are the background on many ads both in radio and TV Similar to The Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5. Very catchy and talented and I hope they produce another album soon as they took quite awhile to come out with this last one which I think they can top if they are as good as I believe!
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Warning for vinyl lovers! The album is really really good. The artwork and packaging is also excellent. Unfortunately, the vinyl is thin and flimsy. My copy is severely warped. The tone arm goes up and down constantly with a good 1/3"-1/2" vertical movement. I got so annoyed that I got out my kitchen scale to weigh the vinyl. 128 grams. This is unacceptable for an album that costs over $25. You might want to consider just getting the CD or buying the MP3s. I wish I had.
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Return with me, if you will, to the 1980's. It was a time of great technological change in the music business as drum machines and synthesizers became more and more refined. Was there a band that resembled Passion Pit? Why yes there was, and they were called Scritti Politti, and if Passion Pit isn't a dead ringer for them--I mean just go back and listen to 1985's "Perfect Way" or 1988's "Boom! There She Was". I have a feeling that none of the band members in Passion Pit have ever heard of Scritti Politti, as they might have been too young to recall them. After all, the band covered The Cranberries' 1992 hit "Dreams", which might imply the band is not familiar with Scritti Politti. The one thing I had a problem with Scritti Politti is the same problem I have with Passion Pit. Delving into over-production and faux electronic r&b.

Now, some fans of Passion Pit might argue that "Constant Conversation" is this fantastic track, but I felt it was seriously lacking. It came off as some second-rate Atlantic Starr schmaltz from some long forgotten corner of the 1980's r&b schmooze scene. Easily one of the biggest offenders on "Gossamer". The band needs to steer clear of this type of song in the future.

I found myself having the same problem with "Gossamer" that I had with "Manners" and that is overproduction, weak song structures and a serious problem with the vocals. Let's face it, Passion Pit doesn't know how to reel in their production values, and along with song form, the two things make it so that several songs lose their individuality--particularly in the center of the album with "Constant Conversations", "Mirrored Sea", "Cry Like A Ghost" and "On My Way".
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