Year of the Album — #058
Fitz and the Tantrums – “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” (2011, Dangerbird Records)
The music on Fitz and the Tantrum’s full length “debut” has been floating around the Internet for years, but they’re always finding new listeners, and (much like Maroon 5 did with Songs About Jane) and they finally seem on the verge of going mainstream, having done all the hard work themselves. That’s right, kiddies, touring incessantly pays off if the music’s actually good! My review of the new album went up at Stereo Subversion yesterday, and trust me — it’s a winning debut you need to check out:
Michael Fitzpatrick is the ultimate bandleader, and his Tantrums take to the stage every time as though it might be their last chance to draw an audience into this particular cult of cool. For that reason they’ve become the “go to” act for pop music cognoscenti to point out to the uneducated just how great music can still be in this new decade. It helps that the music on Pickin’ Up The Pieces is so solid that even the advance hype can’t rob these songs of their raw sense of fun, and that’s really what Fitz and the Tantrums have working for them.
Read the rest of the review at Stereo Subversion!