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PUBLISHED: 11:26 09 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

Exciting debut: Passion Pit

Exciting debut: Passion Pit

by Tim Cole Following their much lauded iTunes 6-track EP Chunk Of Change, the expectation levels for Passion Pit s first album have been huge. Manners, like the single from it – The Reeling – lives up to it s billing. The Boston five-pie

by Tim Cole

Following their much lauded iTunes 6-track EP Chunk Of Change, the expectation levels for Passion Pit's first album have been huge.

Manners, like the single from it - The Reeling - lives up to it's billing.

The Boston five-piece have produced a joyous, liberating album, full of bright, sunny synthesisers.

Packed with the sort of shoutalong, clapalong anthems you normally associate with stadium guitar rockers like The Kaiser Chiefs, it's a package of fun.

Michael Angelakos provides the succession of excited falsettos which give each song the unmistakeable Passion Pit stamp.

Unsurprisingly Sleepyhead, complete with the electro-pop hook of the year, makes it from Chunk Of Change to the album.

A new BBC Live recording of another track from the EP, Live To Tell The Tale, is also there as a bonus track.

There are plenty of new wonders in store though.

The opener, Make Light, is full of all the pomp and humour that made Chunk Of Change so enjoyable.

Moth's Wings begins sounding like an epic film score and then bares down to basics before erupting into display it's full glory with each chorus.

There are songs which sound like the Beach Boys, others like Giorgio Moroder. These are tracks to make a delight of every summer festival.

tim.cole@archant.co.uk


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