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The follow-up to their 2010 debut album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, Fitz & the Tantrums' 2013 album, More Than Just a Dream, finds the band expanding upon its vintage soul sound with a more contemporary dance-pop aesthetic. On Pickin' Up the Pieces, Fitz & the Tantrums showcased a '60s soul and R&B approach that mixed sample beats with old-school horns and keyboards, much in the same way Amy Winehouse did on her breakthrough 2006 album, Back to Black. Rather than revisit that sound, Fitz & the Tantrums have clearly decided to update the approach, and More Than Just a Dream finds the band delving into a variety of electronic dance sounds that touch upon '80s new wave, disco, and blue-eyed soul. Still centered around the shared lead vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, Fitz & the Tantrums worked with Beck and M83 producer Tony Hoffer, who added guitars, synths, and other programmed beats to the mix. To these ends, tracks like "Out of My League," "6am," and "Spark" are immediately catchy tunes that showcase Hoffer's slick, radio-ready production. Of course, the band hasn't completely abandoned its retro roots, and cuts like the piano-driven "Keepin Our Eyes Out" and the psych-soul-influenced "House on Fire" definitely bring to mind a mix of '60s Brill Building and Motown sounds. Ultimately, with More Than Just a Dream, Fitz & the Tantrums have made an even more infectious, club-ready album than Pickin' Up the Pieces, while still retaining all of the band's organic soulfulness.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsFitz & the Tantrums Primary Artist
Joseph Karnes Bass,Group Member
Jeremy Ruzumna Keyboards,Group Member
Tony Hoffer Synthesizer
John Wicks Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Noelle Scaggs Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Group Member
James King Flute,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Technical CreditsJohn Wood Engineer
Ross Hogarth Drum Engineering
Scott Gilman Engineer
Chris Seefried Composer
Dave Bassett Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Todd Burke Engineer
Jeremy Ruzumna beats
Amy Wood Engineer
Tony Hoffer Programming,Producer,Engineer
John Wicks beats
Bobbie Gale Publicity
Fitz & the Tantrums Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A different vibe than the first CD, but great in its own way. Great effort!
Loved the first CD and love this one too!