Passion Pit – Manners Passion Pit – Manners

Passion Pit - Manners

Passion Pit - Manners

Up and coming electro pop band Passion Pit’s full length is everything you’d expect. Shamelessly fun, cartoony sounding pop songs layered with falsetto vocals which don’t seem out of place for a second. From MGMT, the mantle passes to these guys to soundtrack your summer. And from this we can expect that they certainly will.

Manners is great fun. Album opener Make Light sets out the band’s stall wonderfully, with the seriousness of it’s bass contrasting with the song’s playful guitar parts. Summer anthem Little Secrets rattles along in a wash of synth and clashing drums, the backing of a children’s choir letting you know that this is going to soundtrack the good times this year. Moth’s Wings, which seems to have been doing the rounds on the blogosphere as of late, adds a pinch of seriousness to an album which is otherwise the kid laughing in church “Dear friend as you know/Your flowers are withering” . It’s not going to be the next Hallelujah, but it gives Manners a touch of needed variety.

The rest of Manners chirps along at the same pace, with most songs generally in the same vein of harmless indie pop, but usually with a catchy chorus or hook to save it from the brink of meh-ness. The Reeling for example seems pretty unspectacular at first, until the frantic chorus, when it all seems to make sense. Album highlight Sleepyhead is probably the one that’s going to get remixed the bejeesus out of, you can tell by listening. Maybe a track or two could have been left out, which was always going to be a problem for an album which remains in the same vein for eleven songs. Swimming In The Flood, for instance, is hardly essential. It’s not really the point, though. It doesn’t really matter how albums like this are seen by critics, it’s great fun, and you’ll be hearing a whack of it this summer whether it gets a good review or not. And it is good, by the way. It strikes a balance of capturing the sound in between when you used to play the SNES and when you first started sitting proper exams. If it were a course in Mario Kart, it would be Rainbow Road. And quite frankly, that’s all the endorsement you need.

01 Make Light (4:56)
02 Little Secrets (3:59)
03 Moth’s Wings (4:16)
04 The Reeling (4:48)
05 To Kingdom Come (4:04)
06 Swimming In the Flood (4:59)
07 Folds In Your Hands (3:39)
08 Eyes As Candles (4:08)
09 Sleepyhead (2:55)
10 Let Your Love Grow Tall (3:32)
11 Seaweed Song (4:25)

Passion Pit - Manners, reviewed by Lemon on 2009-05-11T22:18:57-07:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

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