Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

by Fitz & the Tantrums

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Overview

Fitz & the Tantrums' third full-length record is a fun, exuberant album that finds the Los Angeles outfit moving completely away from their old-school R&B roots and embracing a slick, contemporary dance-pop style. Even on their second album, 2013's More Than Just a Dream, Fitz & the Tantrums were already experimenting with shaking up the '60s Motown influence of their debut with an '80s-style new wave sound built around producer Tony Hoffer's vibrant synths, punchy electric guitars, and even electronic flourishes. It was a savvy move and resulted in a robust production rife with catchy hooks that still maximized the dual lead vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs. For this album, Fitzpatrick collaborated with songwriter Sam Hollander (Neon Trees, Panic! At the Disco, Katy Perry), whose voguish sensibilities and skill with clubby programmed beats helped shape the album's state-of-the-art vibe. Also helping to sculpt the cutting-edge sound in Fitzpatrick's head is producer Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Tegan & Sara), who helmed eight of the album's cuts with Joel Little (Ellie Goulding, Lorde) and Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo) handling the rest. The result is an unabashed creative transformation that takes the same approach as its predecessor with an even heavier reliance on electronics and EDM-influenced studio aesthetics. Thankfully, Fitz & the Tantrums have lost none of the funky, sweaty, high-energy soul that made their previous work so indelible. If anything, cuts like the lead-off "HandClap" and the cheekily sexy "Complicated," with their crisp beats and laser-horn synths, are a perfect showcase for Fitzpatrick and Scaggs' highly resonant, melodic vocals. And it's not just the booty-shaking numbers that grab you. Cuts like the yearning "Burn It Down" and the lovelorn "Run It" stick in your head and bring to mind the poignant singer/songwriter electronica of artists like Imogen Heap and Frankmusik. Ultimately, while Fitz & the Tantrums' contemporary dance-pop sound is decades away from the aesthetic of their debut, it works, and it's hard to imagine fans not wanting to take make the leap with them.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075678665554
catalogNumber: 554394
Rank: 5248

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fitz & the Tantrums   Primary Artist
Joseph Karnes   Bass
Jeremy Ruzumna   Keyboards
Michael Fitzpatrick   Vocals
Steve Bays   Keyboards,Vocals
John Wicks   Drums
Noelle Scaggs   Tambourine,Vocals
Jordan Katz   Trombone,Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
James King   Saxophone
Jesse Shatkin   Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Sean Foreman   Vocals
Ross Golan   Vocals
Grant Michaels   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Parker Bossley   Guitar,Vocals
Fran Hall   Vocals
Ricky Reed   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Bard   Composer
Joseph Karnes   Engineer
Joel Little   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Michael Fitzpatrick   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bays   Composer
John Wicks   Engineer
Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes   Engineer
Jesse Shatkin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Eric Frederic   Composer
Aaron Glas   Engineer
Ryan Gilligan   Engineer
Sean Foreman   Composer
Ross Golan   Composer
Grant Michaels   Composer,drum programming
Parker Bossley   Composer
Fitz & the Tantrums   Composer
Fransisca Hall   Composer
Ricky Reed   Programming,Producer
Ryan McCann   Art Direction
Ethan Shumaker   Engineer
Doug Gledhill   Art Direction

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