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Tripper, the Bats’ fifth LP since 2001, stays the folk-pop course for the most part, but ultimately puts more emphasis on “pop” and slightly less on “folk.” It’s a wonderfully summery collection with a number of songs that stick in your throat long after the music has stopped. Johnson’s sweet falsetto is a thing of beauty on the soulful “You’re Too Weird” (as embarrassing as it might be, you will attempt to sing along and hit those keening high notes -- even when it’s over), and his silky, limber undulating is equally addictive on “So Long.” There’s a hint of the sugary side of ‘70s radio pop -- bands like Bread, and 10cc come to mind -- but on tracks like the poignant break-up tune, “The Banishment Song,” there is a dark emotional undertow pulling at the ringing piano notes and subdued guitar; it billows in the open spaces and threatens to blow Johnson’s delicate, blue-eyed soul sighs into the wind. But most tunes capture that middle ground between breezy pop and country-tinged folk, and Tripper is another fine marker in Fruit Bats’ musical trajectory.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant new album!!

LOVING the new Fruit Bats album! I had high hopes, and so glad I'm not disappointed! The currently hyped single, You're Too Weird, is strangely not at the top of my favorite tracks. Shivering Fawn and Dolly are my early faves. Both are very catchy. I swear The Banishment Song was straight-up influenced by Prince. Love that one too! Wild Honey is just as smooth as honey and sweet to the ears, a slow drip of beautiful verses. Tony the Tripper & Tangle And Ray also extremely solid.

Thanks guys, for bringing more beautiful music to the world!

so pure. so beautiful. loving it!

the song "Tony the Tripper" is absoulutely fantastic. cant. stop. listening. to. it. WIN for the fruit bats! Awesome album.

The Best Album you will hear all year.

Such a beautiful new album. The ruminant band was so great and so underrated these guys should get more notice. Esp Eric Johnson the lead singer, My God that man can write a beautiful peice of music. My favorites are Shivering Fawn and the Banishment song, but when i play this its front to back. This is truely like nothing else out there, ill be picking up a hard copy.


Formed: 1999 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally hailing from Chicago, Fruit Bats featured an ever-changing lineup based around the folk-pop songwriting of bandleader Eric D. Johnson (not to be confused with the Eric Johnson from Archers of Loaf or the guitar virtuoso of the same name). Johnson began writing songs on his four-track in the mid-'90s before forming I Rowboat, a Velvet Underground-inspired indie rock band. He also began dabbling in folk music with two of the band's members, guitarist Dan Strack and drummer Brian Belval,...
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