- Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
- ASIN: B004LWJQ4E
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,973 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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UK deluxe three CD edition contains two bonus CDs containing an additional 12 tracks between them . 2011 debut album from the Auckland five-piece. the band delivers exquisite dream pop, oscillating between a calculatedly energetic beat, glitch-y rhythms, and airy synths underneath the gorgeous dual vocals of Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers. Features the smash singles "Young Blood" and "Punching In A Dream".
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This is well-written, melodic electronic music with no harshness or overwhelming bass line. The female vocalist has a pleasant voice, the lyrics are better than the throwaway trash in too much popular music, and the track assortment and arrangement for this album are quite nice. Punching In A Dream, The Sun, Eyes, No Way....the first half of the album is good fun, and quite energetic. The second half gets slightly more serious, but never so much so as to feel forced or out of place. I can see why this New Zealand band has won so many awards recently.
As previous posters said, if you like Passion Pit, Snow Patrol, Stars, M83, or anything with origins in synthpop or post-punk, you should get this album, and then keep an eye out for what's next for this band.
I was, however, already a fan of tnaf, mainly for their awesome singles that I've discovered over the internet or heard in video games. I enjoy listening to "All of This", "Girls Like You", and "Spank", and "Punching in a Dream" is a song that no matter how many you listen to it, it only gets better and better. As for "Young Blood"...well, I need to say this: as I grow up, I'll always have new favorite songs, but over time I will, no matter what, say, 'yeah, THIS song is my favorite song right now, but "Young Blood" will forever be my favorite song, of ALL TIME." Personally, it's that incredible of a song, and if you haven't heard it yet I suggest you search Youtube for a lyric video of "Young Blood" right away.
That being said, I also suggest you listen to the rest of the songs on the album somewhere as well. While the five songs I mentioned above already make the $10 cd absolutely worth it, there are other songs, like "Frayed" or "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing", that might not fancy everyone, and some of the songs are actually quite short. "The Source", which serves as an intro for "The Sun", is only 45 seconds long.
It's rather obvious that myself not only having bought the album but also loving The Naked and Famous that I would recommend this album to you or anyone else on Amazon. I will say that I hope that you'll check out some of the band's songs and consider this incredibly fantastic album.
This band gives me hope.
I say they're a rock band because 1. that's what they call themselves according to their interview; and 2. they actually list Nine Inch Nails as one of their big influences, and I actually can see that in their music--along with some other 80s/90s sounds like Souxie and the Banshees and Smashing Pumpkins. Although not as dark as NIN, they do have more of a traditional "band" sound than MGMT or some of the others they're being compared to. I may not have cared for all the synth as much 10 years ago, but maybe listening to more electronica and house/dance lately has turned me to it. In any case, if this is the direction of new alternative I like it.
I'm seeing them live in 2 weeks and I really hope they're as good in person; that will win them a fan for life. It's nice to come back to my favorite genre of music.