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  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dangerbird Records
  • ASIN: B004SNHBC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The brilliantly named Fitz & the Tantrums are a 6-piece band from Los Angeles, fronted by the Cruella-Deville-haired Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz). The rest of the band consist of a highly talented vocalist called Noelle Scaggs whose sound is straight of the 1960's soul scene and a variety of instrumentalists who are masters of their respective crafts. Fitz & the Tantrums sound is largely derived from their use of classical instruments, most notably the church organ, coupled with heartbreak lyrics.

Pickin' up the Pieces is their first full-length album, preceded only by the 5-track "Songs for a Break Up, Vol.1 - EP" which is a soulful and melancholy collection of songs dictating the crushing depths and re-emergent hope that one goes through after a break-up. Consequently, Pickin' up the Pieces features 3 out of 5 of the tracks off of Songs for a Break Up which is a significant percentage given that it's only a 10-track album.

Disregarding this musical recycling, the album begins with up-tempo and toe-tapping 'Breaking the Chains of Love' demonstrating the full sound of the band as Scaggs harmonises the chorus to a symphony of horns and organ riffs. Moving along the album, there are other notable tunes that you will find yourself humming inadvertently, "Please Mr President" is a direct plea to the man himself to fix the state of welfare but seems heartfelt enough. "News 4 U" is a lament over love past. The song "Winds of Change" sees Scaggs doing what she does best and is a highly infectious tune that was recently used on an HTC advert in the United States, a prominent and catchy harmony coupled with punchy lyrics that is sure to stick in your head.
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Heard a track from the band a few months ago, when it was featured on the CD with the Word Magazine. Listened to some more tracks online and had to buy the album. They have a sound that is bext described as 60's soul meets Cee Lo Green. A really funky sound.
And then I was delighted to see that they were at this year's V Festival for their first ever UK gig. They were awesome - convinced my daughters and their friends to come and watch and they thought they were excellent too.

Buy the album, go see them - you will not be disappointed
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I was alerted to F&TT via a their appearance at Daryl's House (Daryl Hall) I was knocked out by not only their fabulous interpretation of The Temptones song, 'Girl I Love You', but their own songs featured on the show.

It made me eager to search out their releases, only to find that they had this CD on sale.

Without critiquing every track, can just day that this is one of the most refreshing discs I have purchased this year.

lot's of soul and great lyrical content all powered along by the vocals of Fitz and the marvelous Ms Scaggs...

Wonderful stuff and I cant recommend it highly enough, I can't wait for their next release(s)!!!!

Howard Earnshaw
(editor of Soul Up North - The Fan's Fanzine)
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By J on 23 Sept. 2014
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Great album. Only wish I'd discovered them earlier! 😊
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94aa5564) out of 5 stars 178 reviews
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9471036c) out of 5 stars Wow!.....did i say Wow?!! 7 Jan. 2011
By Mel Zaloudek - Published on Amazon.com
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.....hey, how come all my reviews get 5 stars?....because i only review stuff that knocks me OUT!!.....these guys (and gal) have it NAILED DOWN, sharp as a razor Motown vibe completely punched up to a whole new level of amazing......whether you're talking musicianship, vocals, songwriting, presence or just cool clothes, this band delivers much more than you bargain for at every turn.....excellent mix of songs (some dance, some ballads, some r&b) makes this album one of the very best i've heard in the past year......you're gonna love it....i already got tickets to their next show (have heard they're really great live)......can't wait!

~~~~~ UPDATE November ---- going to catch them this Saturday for their 3rd show this year in Chicago, a party not to miss!!.....they're on a damn fine trajectory (how sweet it is) with t-o-n-s of talent, good old-fashioned hard work and just keeping it real.....you wanna know the difference between art and entertainment?..... entertainment fades away, while art only gets better and better......new album for 2012, guys, i know you got it in ya....
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x940a6ee8) out of 5 stars Summer Soundtrack 2011 - Fitz and the Tantrums are a great band. 1 May 2011
By JulsRULESGirl - Published on Amazon.com
A great record you can listen to from beginning to end. When was the last time you did that? Jumps out of your speakers because it sounds so different. Love the cuts: Moneygrabber, Pickin' up the Pieces, and Mr. President. Noell's vocals are wonderful -- she brings a lot to the party. What I like most is it's different, fresh, - a treasured gem mined from the wasteland of American Pop music today. Finally! A great "time capsule" album for 2011. Had never heard of them. My husband serving in Iraq heard them in the middle of the desert listening to the AF radio network... and thankfully sent me the record because I'm from Philly. Those reviewing claiming it sounds like Hall & Oats - Daryl Hall all but handed this band his torch while he sang MoneyGrabber on Live @ Daryls house - it's an awesome jam with the "blue eyed soul" master himself. Check it out!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94702618) out of 5 stars I Have Seen the Future of Rock & Soul and Its Name Is "Fitz & the Tantrums" 7 Mar. 2011
By John P. Pohl - Published on Amazon.com
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Is it too late to buy stock in these guys? I saw them in concert in Chicago in mid-February having heard only one song (the infectious "Moneygrabber") previously, and I loved the show! They're very tight, very personable, and their music is a wonderful blend of Hall & Oates and Motown's finest.

"Moneygrabber" is one of my favorite songs of the past 5 years. I really like 6 of the other 9 songs, and the other 3 (the slower songs) aren't bad. All in all, one of the most auspicious debuts in years.

To really get a feel for this band's sound and flair, check out their "Moneygrabber" video on YouTube.

I hope the band gets a break like being on "Late Night with David Letterman". I know Dave and Paul would love 'em, and I think most of America would, too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x945c3d38) out of 5 stars Original & Fresh Soul Pop 8 Mar. 2011
By kev - Published on Amazon.com
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Fitz and the Tantrums' debut album is catchy, original, and timeless. Heavily featuring keyboards and horns, 'Pickin Up the Pieces' is a rousing good time, with flavors of Motown, funk, gospel, and soul-pop. Their sound reminds me of Elton John & Scissor Sisters. Highlights for me include the title track, 'Winds of Change', 'Dear Mr. President', and 'Don't Gotta Work It Out'. I also love the slow song at the end, 'Tighter', which rounds out the album's 5 stars. This is definitely a "best of the year" choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94710954) out of 5 stars Fitz And The Tantrums debut with "Pickin' Up The Pieces" 23 Sept. 2011
By Perverted Alchemist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Fitz And The Tantrums may be a new band, but the origin of the California sextet is due to being industry veterans. The lead singer Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick got his start as the engineer for producer Mickey Petralia (Best known for his work with Flight Of The Conchords). He assembled a band that included former lead singer of The Rebirth Noelle Scaggs, and session musicians Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks, Ethan Phillips and James King. It was then he christened the new band with a name that was a play on words (Get It? Fitz And The Tantrums?). From there, they recorded an EP "Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1" in August 2009. They signed with the independent record label Dangerbird Records and released their debut "Pickin' Up The Pieces" a year after their critically accalimed EP.

Though there is an overwhelming influence of 1960's soul and pop music on this debut, it's more along the lines of the early 80's based piano driven new wave. The band harkens back to a sound that is more reminiscent of bands like ABC, The Style Council and Hall & Oates. The album starts off with the first single, the breakup centered "Breakin' The Chains Of Love". They demand the attention of a political leader about social issues on "Dear Mr. President", while leading into the heartbreak lament title track "Pickin' Up The Pieces"- which features a rare lead vocal from Noelle. Fitz delivers a kiss off to a gold digger on "MoneyGrabber", while working an uptempo dance rhythm on "L.O.V.". Fitz sings with acerbic wit on "Rich Girls" and close the album with the ballad "Fighter". While most of the songs are rather upbeat, most of the album focuses on the topic of heartbreak and the demise of a relationship. Fitz And The Tantrums' "Pickin' Up The Pieces" is a great- albeit brief- debut from this band, and will instantly make a fan out of the most staunch music critic. If there is any indication from this debut, people will be hearing a lot more from them.
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