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Review: Passion Pit hits the right notes on new CD

SIAN WATSON
July 24, 2012
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the latest release by Passion Pit, "Gossamer." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the latest release by Passion Pit, "Gossamer." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)

Passion Pit, "Gossamer" (Columbia Records)

From their achingly hip EP "Chunk of Change" to their 2010 follow-up "Manners," anticipation has been turbo-charged for another pitch-perfect, electro-pop album from Passion Pit.

And their latest, "Gossamer," hits all the right notes. The band keeps exploring the themes of hipster life — intoxication, love lost and hopelessness sung in their beautiful, uncontrived manner. Opening track and first single "Take A Walk" is a rousing festival anthem that you could easily imagine a beer-tinged audience chanting its chorus.

"I'll Be Alright" blasts with a weighty beat and "Mirrored Sea" sounds like a definite dance-floor hit. Then there's the electro synth-heavy "Cry Like a Ghost," which muses on excessive drinking.

Overall, the Massachusetts-based band has a created an album that is melodically upbeat and lyrically melancholy. And it works.

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: "Love Is Greed" questions young love with lamenting strings.

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