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Album Review: Fitz and the Tantrums

A soundtrack that's good enough to throw a fit for.

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Starr Samkus, Online EIC and Trending Editor

My beloved Bears, the album I’m reviewing for this month is truly worthy of applause. In other words, it will undoubtedly make your hands clap. I present to you the self-titled third album of the neo soul group known as Fitz and the Tantrums.
This album is a gift. It came down to Earth in the arms of an angel, I kid you not. That’s how great the tracks are. If I could, I would praise each song individually, but word limits are a thing so I’m going to review my favorite four tracks.
We’re going to start off with “Tricky.” It’s a fun song with a little bit of a techno influence. Each chorus has a series of “oohs,” the lyrics are playful, and it’s definitely a song that’ll get stuck in your head.
“Burn It Down.” This song is frickin’ fire. The vocals of the band’s two singers are both showcased in this track and they play really well off each other; there’s a nice contrast between the dude’s echo-y voice and the chick’s soulful tone. The chorus is what caught my attention though because the title is sung in an unusual way, but it works. Easily a ten out of ten.
“Complicated.” Fast-paced? Yes. Flirty? You bet. Risqué? Just enough to make it fun. I really enjoy this song. The background music is definitely different; you’ve got some high-pitched interjections mixed with a little piano and some electronic tones. It’s one of those songs you have to blare when you listen to it.
And finally, “Handclap.” Seeing as how this song absolutely dominated the radio stations this summer, I’m going to guess that most of you have heard it. I love the exclamation in the first few seconds of the track and the clapping—ohmylord—is what makes the song stand out to me. The variety of beats, the party-vibe lyrics, and the upbeat feel of the track come together to make a song that’s impossible to not dance to.
Short and sweet this month, but sometimes less is more. I’ve heard that a lot of people aren’t too fond of this album because it doesn’t match Fitz’s original sound, but bands are allowed to change their music okay? No need to throw a tantrum.
See what I did there? Until next month, my precious Bears. Stay sweet.

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