More Than Just A Dream by Fitz & the Tantrums

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On this, their sophomore album, the band moves from neo-soul toward more of an indie pop sound. Vocalist Noelle Scaggs keeps the Motown soul sounds deeply rooted, at times turning them into dramatic ballads reminiscent of Florence and the Machine. Filling out the band are Michael Fitzpatrick on lead vocals and keys; James King on saxophone, flute, keyboard, percussion, and guitar; Joseph Karnes on bass guitar; and additional keys and percussion by Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks. The music seems simple, but it is deceptively dynamic and contagious.

At times the lyrics explore the highs and lows of relationships, questioning and wondering why some relationships bring such joy while others never reach the expected epoch. These wonderful lines come from the opening track: “From time to time I pinch myself / Because I think my girl mistakes me for somebody else / And every time she takes my hand / All the wonders that remain become a simple fact.” Catchy, easy to listen to, but never shallow. (Elektra)

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