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A Thing Called Divine Fits

August 28, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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By Anaximander on September 25, 2012
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If you are considering buying this album, you most likely are either a Dan Boeckner fan or a Spoon fan, or both. I am a longtime Spoon fan but after listening to the Divine Fits, I will have to learn more about Boeckner's other projects. A Thing Called the Divine Fits is fun indie/alternative pop album, filled with great melodies, 80s electronics, minimalist guitar and great vocals from both frontmen. From the perspective of a Spoon listener, it sounds like an off-the-cuff spoon album put through a strange 80's production filter. I am surprised to find the Divine Fits to be more fun than the last Spoon album, Transference, which had many good moments but could be a bit self-serious and tedious. Boeckner and Daniels seem to be enjoying themselves, and that feeling is infectious. Here's to hoping for another Divine Fits album and another Spoon album.
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"Supergroups" rarely live up to their pedigree; it's almost assumed that when members from other bands come together, the sum will always be less than the parts. Velvet Revolver (Guns N Roses + Stone Temple Pilots), Audioslave (Soundgarden + Rage Against the Machine), "Van Hagar" (Van Halen + Sammy Sagar), etc... But every now and then, a collaboration will come up that's just as good as the work that the other band members have created: Broken Social Scene, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Cream.

The word "supergroup" has been thrown around a lot in regards to Divine Fits line up: Brit Daniel on guitar/vocals (Spoon), Dan Boeckner guitar/vocals (Wolf Parade), Sam Brown on drums/percussion (New Bomb Turks), and Alex Fischel on keyboards/synthesizers. To be sure, Divine Fits have the pedigree to be a good band, and luckily, easily they are able to meet their reputation and expectations. With Boeckner and Daniel sharing vocal duties pretty evenly, the band's music sounds like a collaboration of sensibilities rather than a competition (like the Raconteurs would sometimes sound). The band's debut album, A THING CALLED DIVINE FITS is 11 tracks, 42+ minutes of fantastic indie-rock.

While there are surely elements of each band present in Divine Fits' debut, the band creates its own sounds with its own sensibilities thanks to the dripping synthesizers of Fischel. The album introduces itself as a more electronic version of anything the band's members have done: "My Love is Real" uses electric bass and synthesizers to give it an 80's new-wave vibe. A THING CALLED DIVINE FITS isn't done there though -- the next track, "Flaggin A Ride" is a stomping, grooving rocker that relies on bare-bones instrumentation.
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DIVINE FITS is about as close to music "perfection" (& I usually don't use that word lightly, or at all) as it gets!! This is a collaberation between 2 HUGELY TALENTED "indie." musicians: Britt Daniel (of SPOON fame & the darling of the "indie" music world, as he should be!!) and Dan Boeckner of WOLF PARADE, who DIVINE FITS introduced me to.

These guys work extremely well together & the music they create together is EXCITING!! They share songwriting and vocals, and every track is OUTSTANDING!!! They share equally songwriting, vocals and guitars. Britt also does a plethora of additional instruments! (But, then, I'm prejudiced; I don't think there's anything this guy can't do!!!) And, I've only become acquainted with Britt Daniel since catching him on GeorgeFest: A Tribute To George Harrison & in my opinion, he stole the show, performing "I Me Mine". Since then, I've purchased 4 SPOON CD's in extrremely rapid succession (which is something I never do), but this was unmistakenly a most positive decision with no "buyer's remorse!

I've heard many interviews on youtube with Britt and Jim Eno of SPOON & Britt and Dan promoting DIVINE FITS (on youtube: best interviews to catch on KEXP radio in Seattle, which seems to be like a "second home" for Britt, who seems like the happiest individual on the planet & very accommodating to collaberate with just about anyone who asks!

Dan Boeckner deserves just as high praise! He's another huge talent (in other music circles, this would be described as a "supergroup", which sometimes leaves people disappointed; DIVINE FITS would definitely be the exception to this..hands down!! I don't know if it's Dan's influence, but this is a more fleshed-out release than a lot of SPOON'S.
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This past weekend I saw Divine Fits in concert for the first time (more on that later). In anticipation of that show, I just had to relisten to their debut album from last Fall, which was released among high expectations, this being an indie-rock "super-group" (including Spoon's Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner).

"A Thing Called Divine Fits" (11 tracks; 43 min.) opens with a vengeance, "My Love Is Real" (1st single) is a biting yet catchy track. "Flagging a Ride" is a brooding mid-tempo road song. "What Gets You Alone" immediately reminds us of Daniel's work with Spoon. "Would That Not Be Nice" is in the vein of "My Love Is Real". "The Salton Sea" reminded me of Ultravox 30 years ago, and that's a compliment. "Baby Gets Worse" is a hypnotizing tune. Things slow down (and go acoustic) on "Civilian Stripes", only to be followed by the majestic "For Your Heart" (almost 6 min., by far the longest song on here). The album falters just lightly towards the end, but closer "Neopolitans" brings it home very nicely.

In all, this is a very nice debut album. I saw these guys in concert this past weekend at the Bunbury Music Festival here in Cincinnati where they played the next-to-last set (MGMT closed Day 2 after them), and they put on a fantastic 60 min. set. They played pretty much everything from the album (interestingly, they opened with the album's closing track Neopolitans), and they also brought the brand new single "Ain't That The Way" and a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" to boot. A great set that was! Meanwhile, I would readily recommend this album. "A Thing Called Divine Fits" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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