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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars


on 14 June 2013
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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on 1 March 2014
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 24 January 2013
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? The answer is no, but if a band pinching riffs, melodies and much else in bold magpie style irritates you to the point of burning hatred please stay clear. If alternatively you want to explore further perhaps the recognition that your tongue should be firmly planted in your cheek is the starting point and clearly the band itself are not taking themselves that seriously.

Opener "In the darkness" is pure Ray Davies but is a great song. Equally "No Destruction" is treated by the band as if it should be on "Blonde on Blonde" and would have been a Dylan classic if he wrote it. But listen again on another occasion and it could be a rewrite of the Velvets "Rock n Roll"! For this reviewer the humour of the first part of the album carries it and repeat visits are in order. Sadly by the end of the album the charm disappears and the game of Karaoke guesswork becomes tiresome. Thus "Oh Yeah" borrows riffs from Prince and T Rex (so what?), while the title track is a sub Stones meets the Cramps effort which has been repeated more times than Dads Army on BBC 2. There is also a technical term for the Beatles like wailing of the final track "Oh no" and the phrase is "absolute b@ll@cks". On the plus side this band are having a great time yet "We are the 21st Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" can surely only be a one off? On balance "Foxygen" pull it off this time and there is enough here to suggest a level of invention that may eventually match more original bands like Tame Impala whose take on traditional rock followed by freak out psychedelia is far more innovative. In the final analysis there is enough humour and pastiche here to raise a warm smile. Lets see if its a stayer.
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on 6 November 2013
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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on 15 February 2014
Sometimes, music recommendations from friends can be winners. Sometimes, you wonder what you're missing. And sometimes, you get a recommendation that's so far off the mark you wonder whether your friend has been replaced by an android. The recommendation to listen to this Foxygen album falls into the last category.

First, the name of the band. Foxygen. Nope. That's embarrassingly naff. Go away.

Second, the music. Derivative, dull, unimaginative. Regurgitating the music of your heroes without a spark of wit? That ain't gonna work.

Finally, if you are going to form a band featuring such concepts as "singing" and "vocals", you might want to find a singer who can actually sing, instead of randomly getting a blundering tone deaf idiot in off the street to record your album. Dear God, the vocals are so far out of tune it hurts.

"Epic fail".
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on 19 February 2013
This is what music's all about. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors is a really enjoyable album for many reasons....it's creative, innovative and hugely enjoyable from start to finish. There are plenty of influences that you'll pick up on but the way that Foxygen do it avoids the plagiarism that unfortunately is so rife in so much music these days. "San Francisco" and "Shuggie" (which includes the brilliant lyrics "I met your daughter the other day, that was weird - She had rhinoceros-shaped earrings in her ears") are stand out tracks for me, but there's no filler anywhere on the album. If we get more great music like this in 2013, then it's going to be a good year, musically!
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on 26 March 2013
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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on 18 June 2013
Probably the best album of 2013. But we this have some months to go.
If you like David Bowie, Portugal. The man, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Lou Reed you will like this album.
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on 17 October 2013
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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on 4 March 2014
Great new vinyl studio album from Foxygen, reminiscent of The Velvet Underground in places and the Flaming Lips in others.
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