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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B00A6L78YE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dizzy 2013 album! Cocksure psych-punk 'n' freewheeling acid-glam from the bi-coastal US duo, for fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre and Pavement.

BBC Review

Foxygen’s influences are rooted in the past. They love The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground, bands that were in their pomp before Foxygen’s members – Sam France and Jonathan Rado – were even born.

It’s difficult to understand this nostalgia for a past that was never real for Sam and Jonathan, yet we can’t condemn them for it. MGMT, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Ariel Pink – they’re all at it too, digging into the past, finding the timeless tunes and sounds and reshaping them, updating them, blending them together to make something new.

This second album is a retro-styled psychedelic rock record that Foxygen set to tape with Shins musician and gifted producer Richard Swift, who the lads won over by thrusting a CD into his hands in a club. Swift is an ideal choice: he shares Foxygen’s love for the past and old-fashioned recording techniques, and he has tweaked the sound of their lo-fi debut, Take the Kids Off Broadway, to make it fuller and warmer.

Don’t worry, though. The clumsy, cheerful charm is still here in abundance. Songs like On Blue Mountain and Oh Yeah sound like they were rattled off with a grin and a giggle, the whirls of psychedelic organ breaking into head-bobbing rhythms as the bass and drums take charge. (On Blue Mountain also has the cheek to rip off Elvis’ Suspicious Minds.)

Then there’s Shuggie and the album’s title track, both of which shift restlessly through a multitude of patterns and codas. The former is initially infused with Serge Gainsbourg-style laziness before turning into an upbeat indie-pop chant. The latter is a freeform, schizophrenic jam peppered with howling vocals. This is Foxygen making traditional rock music for a generation of kids with short attention spans.

The best cut here, though, is San Francisco: a dreamy, sunny lament with a lilting boy-girl, call-and-response chorus. It’s the album’s easiest moment, when Foxygen’s aesthetic is crystallised.

For many listeners, Foxygen’s influences will sound tired. But as they plunder the past, they’re enjoying themselves, and the enthusiasm on this messy collection of songs is infectious.

--Mike Haydock

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FiftySomething on 14 Jun. 2013
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Foxygen are an interesting new band that can sound at times like a psychadelic era Rolling Stones, and at other times more like MGMT. If you like the former element then the first album has the edge. I would have given it an enthusiastic 5 stars but for the tendency for it to start to sag a bit towards the end. A word of warning to those who are obsessed with sound quality. It has an interesting but slightly murky production that enhances mobile listening, but gets a bit tedious for quality home listening where you start to want for a bit more openess in the sound.
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By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2013
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This is an album that can be located in Marmite territory. As you know if your a fan of the sticky, dark brown paste you will love it alternatively the "I hate Marmite" facebook page has nearly a quarter of million members and is growing. In terms of music reviews it has torn the jury asunder. Pitchfork has given it 8.4 out of 10 while the Quietus has given it zero. Foxygen comprise the young talents of Sam France and Johnathan Rado from Los Angeles. Look at a picture of this duo full of flower power affectations and sixties memorabilia and you wonder whether they don't decamp to San Francisco's Haight Asbury district and roll the clock back 50 years? With this observation in mind, is it a surprise that the album does include a very nice song dedicated to that city which sounds like a Donovan outtake? Plus genuinely try not to laugh at the line "I left my love in San Francisco/ (That's okay, I was born in L.A.)". As it stands "We are the 21st Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" is an album where it is not so much spot the influences as the nagging doubt that somewhere lawyers may be hovering waiting to serve writs for copyright infringement. Shades of the Beatles, Stones, Dylan and Kinks are all over this album like Eden Hazard on a Swansea ball-boy and what you must decide dear listener is whether this is purely derivative or infused with such a sense of playful pop fun that you cast aside all doubts and just enjoy. Let us take a case study the song "On Blue Mountain" . Within its structure you can detect clear references to" Suspicious minds" by Elvis and "Under my thumb" by the Stones along with some Arthur Brown and Doors. Does this make the song any less enjoyable?Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will on 1 Mar. 2014
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I love this record from start to end, every track inventive, fun, tuneful, dazed, 60s, funky, rocking and wonderful. Hugely influenced by VU, stones etc. but inventive in its own trip way. On blue mountain? indeed I do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter M. Bond on 6 Nov. 2013
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I do not do reviews, this album is great because it doesn't stink of corporate identity, there is a variety of sounds, at times a bit Jim Morrison, at others a wee bit cabaret, it oozes charm and character. It stands out as a decent album that is fairly timeless. Good song writing skills at hand. I have not tired of it yet, despite many many plays
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Damon J. S. Crittenden on 26 Mar. 2013
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Just wanna listen again and again and etc.. and so it continues. Don't download, buy cd. you will be happy.
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By haley freeman on 10 July 2014
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Love this album.....
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Great new vinyl studio album from Foxygen, reminiscent of The Velvet Underground in places and the Flaming Lips in others.
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Seen reviews of this for months and kept meaning to listen. If you worship the Flaming Lips like I do you will adore this record.
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