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More Than Just a Dream

Fitz & The Tantrums

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Album Review

The follow-up to their 2010 debut album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, Fitz & the Tantrums' 2013 album, More Than Just a Dream, finds the band expanding upon its vintage soul sound with a more contemporary dance-pop aesthetic. On Pickin' Up the Pieces, Fitz & the Tantrums showcased a '60s soul and R&B approach that mixed sample beats with old-school horns and keyboards, much in the same way Amy Winehouse did on her breakthrough 2006 album, Back to Black. Rather than revisit that sound, Fitz & the Tantrums have clearly decided to update the approach, and More Than Just a Dream finds the band delving into a variety of electronic dance sounds that touch upon '80s new wave, disco, and blue-eyed soul. Still centered around the shared lead vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, Fitz & the Tantrums worked with Beck and M83 producer Tony Hoffer, who added guitars, synths, and other programmed beats to the mix. To these ends, tracks like "Out of My League," "6am," and "Spark" are immediately catchy tunes that showcase Hoffer's slick, radio-ready production. Of course, the band hasn't completely abandoned its retro roots, and cuts like the piano-driven "Keepin Our Eyes Out" and the psych-soul-influenced "House on Fire" definitely bring to mind a mix of '60s Brill Building and Motown sounds. Ultimately, with More Than Just a Dream, Fitz & the Tantrums have made an even more infectious, club-ready album than Pickin' Up the Pieces, while still retaining all of the band's organic soulfulness.

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Great Summer Music Addition

More Than Just a Dream proves that Fitz and the Tantrums are not only not just a one album band but they're not just a one genre band. This album is full of funky dancable songs that combine R&B with the early alternative sound of the 80s. This is one album that can be the perfect companion to any summer soundtrack whether you're chilling poolside or cruising down a scenic two lane highway with the top down. I for one am loving this album and the direction FATT are taking their music. And while House on Fire isn't the strongest song on the album it still manages to bring something to the overall sound without weighing the rest of the album down. The only thing I would have done differently if I were Michael Fitzpatrick and the producers of this album would have been to switch the song The End with the last song on the album MerryGoRound because with a name like the The End it's a song that sounds like it should be the last one on the album. More Than Just a Dream is a definite must buy.

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Biography

Formed: 2008 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records. Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project, having purchased an old church organ, and found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangements to the material. The lineup grew from there, with the Tantrums eventually becoming a co-ed septet. Songs for a Break Up,...
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