More Than Just A Dream (LP)


Fitz And The Tantrums

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Amoeba Review

05/06/2013

Fitz & The Tantrums take their soul-tinged sound and expand it into arena-ready funk-pop on their sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream. Like The Killers, Fitz and his Tantrums have heard the call of the pop charts and have decided not to stay beholden to one era of inspiration — for The Killers, it was ’80s post-punk; for Fitz and co., it was ’60s soul pop. “This speaker is about to explode!” they yell on the stage spectacular of “Spark,” to give you an idea. First single “Out of My League” begins with a morose piano line and melody, but soon they’re upstaged by a new wave beat, handclaps and the sort of big singalong chorus they’ve been pitching steadily since debuting a few years back. But while this newfound ’80s love will net them plenty of new fans, they stay true to both their older fans and new intentions with songs like “6am,” an ’80s-style synth-funk jam that presents one of the finest updates of their music. We could parse out threads of inspiration all day, but most people will come to More Than Just a Dream looking for anthems, and anthems they’ll get — “fool’s gold shines like diamonds in her eyes,” they sing on “Fool’s Gold,” a radio-ready jam that shines much brighter than Rihanna’s similar “Diamonds.” Whether they’re staying funky or venturing further into pop waters, Fitz & the Tantrums make it work by retaining a joyfulness to their music. Even if they’re cashing in, there’s no sense of shallowness here, as there was with The Killers’ recent album. As long as they can keep on “keepin’ their eyes out,” as they sing on one spirited number, Fitz & The Tantrums will keep making pop you can’t help but sing along to and enjoy.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Out Of My League
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:29
2.
Break The Walls
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:36
3.
The Walker
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:53
4.
Spark
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:19
5.
6 A.M.
Fitz And The Tantrums 04:29
6.
Fools Gold
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:34


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Keepin Our Eyes Out
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:08
2.
Last Raindrop
Fitz And The Tantrums 04:02
3.
House On Fire
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:28
4.
The End
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:46
5.
Get Away
Fitz And The Tantrums 02:55
6.
Merry-Go-Round
Fitz And The Tantrums 03:27

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