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Redemption. Paranoia. Guilt. And brief glimpses of a better tomorrow, all cloaked in pop hooks that truly help the medicine go down.

What is this? Another lost LP from Brian Wilson’s sandbox phase? If only things were that simple. What we’re really alluding to here is Passion Pit’s first proper full-length, Manners, a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 ... Read more in Amazon's Passion Pit Store

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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0083EM24C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Two Veils To Hide My Face (Album Version)0:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Love Is Greed (Album Version) 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy (Album Version) 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Where We Belong (Album Version) 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Zane Lowe made “Take A Walk”, the first track from Gossamer, his ‘Hottest Record in the World', and the second single is “I’ll Be Alright”.  Starting with a sudden seizure of skittering programmed drum swarms and diced synths, “I’ll Be Alright” soon opens up in to a glorious, melodic and multi-layered pop song as Michael sings “My brain is racing and I feel like I’ll explode!” amidst the orchestral glitch.
Passion Pit is the dynamic musical mission of Michael Angelakos, the electronic wunderkind best known for his complex and multi-layered pop songs. Angelakos, who debuted with his notoriously charming Chunk Of Change EP in 2008, released Passion Pit’s debut full length Manners in 2009.
Speaking about the album, Angelakos said: “On Gossamer there is more of a dichotomy between the lyrics and the music. You hear my lyrics more precisely which is something I was ready for. The lyrics on this album have a lot to say about what the last two years of my life have been troubled with.”
Gossamer was made throughout 2011 in Los Angeles and New York City, and again finds Angelakos working with Manners producer Chris Zane.

BBC Review

Michael Angelakos is a troubled man. This summer the Passion Pit frontman has spent time in a New York state mental hospital and cancelled six tour dates. Undoubtedly he’s a talented man – he wrote and co-produced all the songs on Gossamer and excellent debut album Manners – but one wonders at what cost does inspiration come?

As with the greatest tunes from the first album, such as The Reeling, there is a sense of joyous mania in the booming hugeness of some of the best songs here. Album opener and single Take a Walk, about the grim effects of the recession on America told from a family man’s point of view, features impressive synths and a chorus so big you can see it from space.

Carried Away is the album’s finest moment. Swedish trio Erato provide lush backing vocals to accompany Angelakos’ falsetto amid pumping synths, while co-producer Chris Zane provides percussive might. Constant Conversations, meanwhile, is completely unexpected: a marvellous, glistening sliver of neo-soul pop, reminiscent of R Kelly’s Ignition, again featuring Erato’s backing vocals.

Further into the album, Cry Like a Ghost is a diversion into modern urban pop territory. The Neptunes would surely appreciate the combination of snappy percussion, bass like a jack-knifed lorry thudding down the motorway, and slick melodies. The quality does dip, though: On My Way recalls Mika in a particularly saccharine mood, while It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy is catchy enough, but lacks pace and veers toward melodrama.

Gossamer ends with the fascinating, but worrying Where We Belong. It’s a moving, unsettling tale, from its opening lines – “It’s gotten cold in here / But a solemn warmth draws near” – to its final verse: “It’s hard to keep on living when your heart weighs about a million pounds.” The song refers to an incident when a 19-year-old Angelakos attempted suicide and leaves listeners hoping that he can defeat whatever demons he’s battling.

--Mike Diver

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Passion Pit first came to attention via their excellent (if not slightly trippy) 2008 single 'Sleepyhead'. As soon as I heard 'Take A Walk' early this year, I downloaded it and played it at least twelve times back to back, what a tune! On the strength of that track, I decided to buy the album 'Gossanmer', and I'm glad I did.

Other excellent songs include the cute and catchy 'Carried Away', the more serious, storytelling 'Cry Like A Ghost' and 'I'll Be Alright', a great slice of modern pop. If you enjoy electronic indie dance music, you'll really enjoy this quirky, up beat album. Despite a few sub-par tracks (hence the four stars) the repeat button was made for the very good songs on CDs like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Brooks on 27 July 2012
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Even after a few days this one has crawled into my head, put up curtains and redirected its mail (Which was like the first album, so don't know why I'm surprised)

Maybe it is a bit less catchy than 'Manners', or maybe in a different way. The squeaky, gurgling oohs & aahs on 'I'll be alright' are fun enough to make a traffic warden smile. 'Carried away' does what it says on the tin.

The whole album has choruses you can see from Space.

Distribute some of your hard earned to these people, they deserve it.
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I listened to this quite a bit on Spotify and then decided to buy it. There are some wonderful uplifting tracks and makes me feel good.
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By sam passmore on 30 Nov. 2013
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INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, CATCHY, FUN, BRILLIANT, TOE TAPPING TO EVERY TRACK, INSTANTLY LOCKED INTO MY CD PLAYER IN THE CAR. INCREDIMAZEABLE
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By H. Robertson on 27 Nov. 2013
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everything sounds better on vinyl! and this album is no exception.
Featuring the song that got me into the band "Carried Away" this is a must for everyones collection
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I've been a Passion Pit fan ever since I first heard 'Sleepyhead' in my friend's car years ago. I like this new album too, favourites being 'Carried Away', 'Hideaway' and 'Love is Greed'. I'd recommend this album to anyone who has liked their previous work or who is interested in electronic/melodic type indie pop. Also their lyrics are pretty ace :)
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By Ben Royston on 27 Feb. 2013
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This is a truly great album. Growing on me just like "Manners" (their debut) did. Most definitely worth a listen too!!
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Gossamer is just another wonderful work by american band Passion Pit. It's very different from their earlier material - Michael seems to be getting some new perspective on his life and maybe some more empathy towards the people around him, so the lyrics here are far less self-centered that they were in previous works. What I enjoyed the most about this album is the bittersweetness all over it; you listen to the beat and you think it's a happy song, but the message the lyrics are sending is something unexpected. Not quite sad, just very self-aware.
It's a really good album, and I think a lot of people will relate to it, deeply. I definetely have.
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