Fitz and the Tantrums More Than Just a Dream Album Review
Over the past five years, this sextet out of Los Angeles has carved a nice fan following in the United States based on their fun pop rock and famously energetic live shows. On the just-released More Than Just a Dream, they build on that success and cement their reputation as rising stars on the American music landscape.
The band is the vision of Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, who shares co-lead vocals with the talented female lead Noelle Scaggs. The-six piece band is quite diverse, boasting copious amounts of brass, synthesizer, hand claps and percussion in their creative mix. It’s an eclectic, honest mix of music that’s just a blast to listen to.
The songs throughout the album are hard to categorize, as we see the band weave nicely between a few different genres. It’s all pop rock but at various times we hear influences of soul, disco and alt-rock. The album opener “Out of My League” is a bit of the latter, and it’s an addictive catchy tune. It already gets plenty of play on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and is destined to become the band’s biggest hit to date.
More Than Just a Dream, their Elektra Records debut, is a fitting successor to their rambunctious 201o breakthrough Pickin’ Up the Pieces. Fitz is still true to his musical roots and the band continues to evolve nicely. The music is captivating and the album is jammed with catchy singalong numbers; perfectly suited for the arena tour they are about to embark on with Bruno Mars. The hard-working road warriors are famous for their energy-filled live sets, and actually do a good job capturing that charisma on these dozen tracks.
“The Walker” is a tremendous offering. At first glance it’s a happy, bouncy journey, but the lyrics belie a dark tale of obsession. We also find a few tracks highlighting Fitz’s struggles with matters of the heart including the appropriately titled “The End.” “Break the Walls” is a guaranteed fan favorite; the fantastically produced song features the best vocals on the album and beautifully spotlights Scaggs’ voice.
Check out the link below and give it a listen, and let us know what you think of the band’s imaginative new album..