Pickin' Up the Pieces

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The first full-length album from Fitz & the Tantrums (which recycles two tunes from their debut EP, 2009's Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1), Pickin' Up the Pieces finds this L.A.-based sextet breaking out big time within the soul revival underground, though for a band that plays heavily on their D.I.Y. cred -- as their press materials frequently note, this album was primarily recorded in lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick's living room -- these songs find them playing to the polished and poppier end of the R&B spectrum. Principle songwriter Fitzpatrick and Tantrums' arranger James King (who also plays sax) lean to the more refined sounds of classic-era Motown, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The first full-length album from Fitz & the Tantrums (which recycles two tunes from their debut EP, 2009's Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1), Pickin' Up the Pieces finds this L.A.-based sextet breaking out big time within the soul revival underground, though for a band that plays heavily on their D.I.Y. cred -- as their press materials frequently note, this album was primarily recorded in lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick's living room -- these songs find them playing to the polished and poppier end of the R&B spectrum. Principle songwriter Fitzpatrick and Tantrums' arranger James King (who also plays sax) lean to the more refined sounds of classic-era Motown, and the East Coast and Chicago styles that informed Northern soul, rather than the grittier Southern soul artists who recorded for Stax or Goldwax, and while these songs show a strong and obvious influence of classic '60s soul, there's more than a dash of contemporary pop in the way the hooks make themselves felt, the stylish layers of backing vocals, and the occasional use of drum loops. This is soul from the upscale night spot rather than the juke joint, but it's a club that's well worth the cover charge; Fitzpatrick is a significantly better than the average blue-eyed soul crooner, his vocal partner Noelle Scaggs is good enough that one wishes she got more space in the spotlight, and under King's direction, the band cuts an impressive groove without cluttering up the arrangements or depending too strongly on their influences to convincingly conjure the sound of the classic era of soul. Fitz & the Tantrums may lack some of the sweaty muscle of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the current titans of the retro-soul scene, but this band is clearly going for a different approach, and on their own terms they've made a solid album that fuses past and present and creates a space that's a cool place to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Dangerbird Spain
  • UPC: 842803004225
  • Catalog Number: 30042
  • Sales rank: 3,916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breakin' the Chains of Love (2:51)
  2. 2 Dear Mr. President (2:59)
  3. 3 Pickin' Up the Pieces (3:09)
  4. 4 Moneygrabber (3:09)
  5. 5 L.O.V. (3:40)
  6. 6 News 4 You (3:57)
  7. 7 Don't Gotta Work It Out (4:09)
  8. 8 Rich Girls (3:14)
  9. 9 Winds of Change (4:09)
  10. 10 Tighter (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fitz & the Tantrums Primary Artist
Scott Ellis Drums
Sebastian Steinberg Bass
Chris Seefried Bass, Guitar
Jeremy Ruzumna Keyboards
John Wicks Percussion, Drums
Noelle Scaggs Tambourine, Vocals
Ethan Phillips Bass
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Violin
James King Flute, Saxophone
Jen Kuhn Cello
Josh Brochhausen Drums
Maya Azucena Vocals
Stewart Cole Trumpet
Tay Strathairn Piano
Matt Cooker Cello
Michael Fitzpatrick Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Maya Sykes Vocals
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Chris Seefried Composer, Producer
Jeremy Ruzumna Composer
John Wicks Composer
Noelle Scaggs Composer
Ethan Phillips Composer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson String Arrangements
James King Composer
Brian Klein Management
Lisa Nupoff Management
David Benitez Engineer
Michael Fitzpatrick Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jeff Nicholas Art Direction
Simon McLoughlin Art Direction
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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    If Daryl Hall and ABC has a love child who recorded for Stax...

    Great album. It's a nice combo of early 80's pop mixed with 60's soul. A really, really enjoyable listen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Fantastic!

    I first heard the song MoneyGrabber on an episode of Criminal Minds and was floored, so I had to research it and find out who the song was by. Then I had to get the cd. I wasn't disappointed! I'm listening to this at work and trying not to turn it up too loud, also trying to avoid getting caught dancing! Groovy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Great unique sound that cannot be put into a particular genre.

    Great unique sound that cannot be put into a particular genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Love this CD. Saw them on Live at Daryl's House and so glad to b

    Love this CD. Saw them on Live at Daryl's House and so glad to be introduced to some great music!

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