“Manners” (Joint Review)

Of all the albums/artists reviewed this year, there have been few that have had that “touch of class”. The bands who do have it seem to write music with ease and still produce amazing songs and albums. They can make that instant classic and this sets them apart from most other bands.

The joint review today is on an album called ‘Manners’ and the band is Passion Pit. These guys have that “touch of class” I was talking about.

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Passion Pit - "Manners"

Passion Pit - "Manners"

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Passion Pit are a five piece band that are one of the most hyped bands at the moment. They combine a style of electronic music with indie-pop, the songs are extremely danceable and are also some really catchy tunes. I know a lot of my reviews are extremely positive, but this band is the real deal and are something special, let me give you 3 reasons why.

  • There’s no bad songs on the album.
  • They’ve got some killer tunes.
  • They have the backing of almost every music source on earth.

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A lot of bands who have had the hype of Passion Pit have succeeded in breaking through the indie landscape, MGMT did it last year and I sense that Passion Pit are on the verge of stardom this year. The two band’s approaches are different, but I think the end result will be similar.

The are some amazing songs on the album and I think there are a few that need to be talked about. These are ‘Little Secrets’, ‘The Reeling’, ‘Folds In Your Hands’ and ‘Sleepyhead’.

‘Little Secrets’ is the second track on the album and it starts of with a wavering and offbeat synthesizer, once the drums come in, it grabs hold of you. The chorus is infectious and children singing the backing vocals just complete the song, the lyrics “higher and higher and higher” will be stuck in your head, with no exceptions. It’s my favourite song from the album and is possibly my favourite for a long time, I just can’t get enough of it.

‘The Reeling’ is the first single from the album and has been influenced heavily by Radiohead circa Amnesiac, the broken synth makes the beginning very dark, but the song turns upbeat in the chorus and transforms the song into a fantastic and singable track.

The synth’s are back with a vengance for ‘Folds In Your Hands’, at times they reach a piont at which they sound like they are about to jump out of your speakers. At times it sounds like a electronica track and while Passion Pit are largely influenced by electronica they don’t ever get as close to it as this song. At 2.40 the synth’s along with the song explode and the song catches you in it’s web.

The last song I’m goign to talk about is ‘Sleepyhead’ it is the only song to come from their EP, and utilises a sample from ‘Oro Mo Bhaidin’ by harp player Mary O’Hara and the song keep the album rolling along. Without it on the album I think it would fall away a bit near the end, but the placing of the song later in the album means that the album is consistant and also proves that they know how to make a good album, even if it is their first.

‘Manners’ is a bloody good album, and is a real contender to still be one of my favourites at the end of the year. The bands a league above most others I’ve reviewed this year and they have some real talent, which may catapult them into the limelight. If you like catchy tunes, then this will be one of you faves for the year with no doubt.

I have a spot reserved for album ratings but today I will announce what I rate it, it’s a 9.5/10. The only reason I don’t give it a 10 is because I only give 10’s to instant classics and I think this album is just a shade off that status.

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~ by Michael Hodder on May 10, 2009.

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