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Music review: Passion Pit 'Gossamer'
Passion Pit ‘Gossamer' (Columbia)
Passion Pit's first single from its latest album, “Gossamer,” “Take a Walk,” is upbeat and sounds distinctly like a Passion Pit song, but something is off about it. It might be the fact that singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos' lyrics include the phrases “market cuts and losses” and “pension funds,” which aren't exactly what one expects from him. It was an interesting choice for a first single, but it wasn't the most commercial song or even one of the better songs on the album. The most logical reason is that Angelakos chose it as more of a statement of what to expect from the album, rather than trying to get a hit.
“Gossamer” could be described as a companion piece to 2009's “Manners.” The band didn't go through any drastic changes or change its sound in any significant way.
Most notably similar to their last album is the second single, “I'll Be Alright,” which starts off musicwise as if you're joining in halfway through “Sleepyhead” from “Manners,” except there's an actual message to the song.
Passion Pit's new album will still make you dance, but you'll be more apt to pay attention to the lyrics this time around. Because they're actually worth the attention. In a few of the songs, “On My Way” in particular, the lyrics approach greatness. Angelakos added to a formula that worked for him. Passion Pit's first collection was great, but aside from two or three strong songs, most listeners couldn't tell you what the songs were actually about.
On “Gossamer,” Angelakos covers everything from the economy to marriage to hope. Oddly enough, it works for him.
— Conner Rohwer