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Album: Gossamer *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Take a Walk
2)    I'll Be Alright
3)    Carried Away
4)    Constant Conversations
5)    Mirrored Sea
6)    Cry Like a Ghost
7)    On My Way
8)    Hideaway
9)    Two Veils to Hide My Face
10)    Love Is Greed
11)    It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy
12)    Where We Belong
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Michael Angelakos (vocals, programming).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Zane; Alex Aldi.
  • Recording information: Gigantic Studios, New York, NY.
  • Photographer: Mark Borthwick.
  • Like 2009's Manners, Passion Pit's sophomore outing is a fat thunderclap of soulful, echo-boom electro-pop that's as poisonous as it is precious, pounding out twinkling summer dance hymns that frame Michael Angelakos' elastic falsetto against a buttermilk sky that's secretly teeming with ominous storm clouds. With Gossamer, Angelakos' angst is pushed even further to the forefront, revealing an artist who doesn't just moonlight as a professional demon wrestler, but puts in a full day's work. Despite the flurry of pre-release woes (canceled shows, lengthy hospital stays, and the revelation of a botched, early suicide attempt, the latter of which is examined in great detail on the visceral and vulnerable closer "Where We Belong"), Gossamer is a triumph of youthful, bipolar tenacity that filters its manic energy through a cosmopolitan prism of pop avenues, from silky neo-soul ("Constant Conversation") to shimmery J¢nsi-inspired synth pop ("Take a Walk"), the latter of which takes a third-person approach, weaving a tale of a husband and father's desperation in trying to make sense of his own actions in the midst of a recession's relentless, bloodied backhand. Angelakos' pathos aside, musically, Gossamer bristles with the kind of accessible pop luminosity that's usually relegated to barren Top 40 nonsense, but Angelakos and company know what constitutes a proper earworm, and effortless, infectious cuts like "I'll Be Alright," "Carried Away," "It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy," and the aforementioned "Constant Conversation" latch on to the cochlea like a xenomorph with a taste for Fun., Phoenix, and the Lightning Seeds. Though the environment that birthed the appropriately titled Gossamer may be a bummer, the end product is winningly majestic and brilliantly spun. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Take a Walk' sets lyrics about the Great Recession to stomping disco pop, displaying Angelakos' gift for making pain feel like pleasure."

Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[T]heir shiny, Flaming Lips-y thing works." -- Grade: B
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