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Tune In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on July 21st 2011.

Tune In: Album Reviews

Fitz And The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces

STOMPING and thumping as it swings, ‘Moneygrabber’ rolls with legitimate soul. A tale of the unburdening of a selfish unsuccessful romance, the lesson learned of a scorned lover’s last straw from the aptly-titled long player, ‘Pickin Up The Pieces’. Los Angeles-based Fitz And The Tantrums weave an organic and effortlessly smooth modern take on ’60s and ’70s pop soul. The fully competent band really bring it, with a cool sharpness that’ll see you getting caught on their hooks as well as looks and will keep you coming back for more. Thick bass, horns-plenty, tear drop keys on shattered glass, a beat you can count on, and rich, powerful vocals, seemingly substituting the ubiquitous auto-tune for a heartfelt passion, present an authentic and honest self-affirming song of once and for all kicking a bad habit.

The band already favourites with American TV’s upper statesmen and are now slowly beginning to attain the approval of our own shore’s subtly cool radio personalities. You may have already heard bits and pieces of their songs in some of your favourite US shows and not known who you were listening to, but with the release of their album next month they’re here to make sure you pay attention and off the strength of this single they’re sure to do so.

‘Moneygrabber’ will be released on 15th August with Pickin Up The Pieces arriving one week later on 22nd August.  The band will be playing V Festival on The Undercover Stage.


Psychic BabblePsychic Babble

Psychic Babble – My Brother’s Ear my Sisters Eyes  
Ambient, melodic, and progressive – just a few adjectives to describe Psychic babble’s first full length album, to be released on Yenta Records. The hugely experimental album combines swirling guitars, soaring vocals with sunny harmonies and punchy percussion.

My Brother’s Ear my Sisters Eyes will be released on 16th August

To read our full review of their album, please click here


The SelecterThe Selecter

The Selecter – Made in Britain
Coventry ska outfit, The Selecter, are back in full swing with their trademark ska rhythm on their new album Made In Britain released. And you can see them perform their new album tracks at Islington Academy this Saturday. It goes without saying fiery front women Pauline Black will be ready for a skank like she has been since they formed in 1979.

Made in Britain will be released on 5th September

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