This cd is excellent. Some great tunes and one of those albums that grows on you. The cd turned up when the supplier said it would and is as described by them also. No problem in recommending them or the 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. Songs for a Break Up is a soulful and melancholy collection of songs dictating the crushing depths and re-emergent hope that one goes through after a break-up.
Kicking off with the up-tempo and invigorating "Breaking the Chains of Love" recounting the initial denial of losing someone simultaneously demonstrating the full sound of the band as Scaggs harmonises the chorus to a symphony of horns and organ riffs. Moving onto "Don't Gotta Work it Out" animated by a punchy-piano baseline we encounter the inevitable arguing of reconciliation and the anger. "Darkest Street" is the low point of the album as the protagonist succumbs to the melancholy and is resultantly a very slow paced tune and surprisingly faceless, definitely the actual and the metaphoric nadir. "Winds of Change" is the start of the recovery and Scaggs' harmony is incredible, 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.
Last but by no means least; the album rounds off with the soulful yet desolate "We Don't Need No Love Songs" [sic] which is my favourite song on the album, bleak as it maybe, it carries a tune that we just don't hear anymore, a true-classic, lamenting, love-song. If this leaves you yearning for more check out their full-length album Pickin' Up the Pieces.
Recommended for soul & motown fans, indie fans and anyone who needs a soundtrack to accompany a little heartbreak.
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