Manners [Bonus Tracks] [Limited Edition]

Manners [Bonus Tracks] [Limited Edition]

by Passion Pit

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Overview

Passion Pit's mode of operation on their debut album, Manners, appears to be to juxtapose the giddiest music possible with some truly dark and self-searching lyrics. It's a classic trick that will have you singing along happily to the sound of confusion, sadness, and the torment of one man's mind. You can dig below the sweet falsetto of vocalist/songwriter Michael Angelakos, the rollicking and joyful tunes, and the glittering, shiny surfaces that the group and producer Chris Zane painstakingly create and absorb the insights and feelings of Angelakos' words or not, because the record is satisfying either way -- especially if a record that combines Animal Collective's twee-est moments, Mercury Rev's most cotton-candied jams, the paisley-fied soul of Prince, and the synth pop hookiness of New Order sounds like a good idea to you. As if that weren't enough, they also bring '80s funk influences on the super catchy "Little Secrets" and a slick and pleasing '80s pop sound on a track like "To Kingdom Come" (which would have sounded perfect wedged between Peter Gabriel and INXS on a modern rock radio playlist back in 1986), and made sure to include the song from the previous EP that made people take notice of the band in the first place, the otherworldly "Sleepyhead." Add lots of glitch-pop sound manipulation for a modern sheen, live drums for a human heartbeat under all the Technicolor wall of sound, and a children's choir on a couple songs for extra innocence, and you have a record that could have been a total clustercrash of influences and sounds that ended up sounding hollow and pointless. Instead, thanks to the meticulous production values, the insane catchiness of the hooks, and the pure and true emotional underpinnings below all the gloss, the album is a total success of both sound and vision. [The album was a total success at the cash register too, which led to the 2010 reissue of the album with three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Columbia / Dmz
UPC: 0886976625825
catalogNumber: 66258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Passion Pit   Primary Artist
Seth Jabour   Guitar
Stuart Bogie   Horn
Cale Parks   Vibes
Chris Zane   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Apruzzese   Group Member
George Pagonis   Drums
Nathan Donmoyer   Drums,Group Member
Michael Angelakos   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Ian Hultquist   Guitar,Group Member
Ayad Al Adhamy   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mary O'Hara   Composer
Paul Hogan   String Arrangements
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Chris Zane   Producer,Engineer
Alex Aldi   Engineer
Nathan Donmoyer   Programming
Michael Angelakos   Composer,Engineer
Ian Hultquist   Engineer
Matthew Young   Programming
Robert Seidel   Artwork
Richard Cohen   Management

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