Manners - Passion Pit
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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the Massachusetts indie-rock band.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Not every song is perfect, but perfection is boring. What we need in these weary times--and what Passion Pit brings--is exuberance. Manners delivers the elusive feeling that everything will be alright. Or, just maybe, that everything already is.
  2. Manners is deceptively consistent even beyond its singles--if you like one Passion Pit song, you'll probably like them all.
  3. Refreshed and uplifted. Those are two things that the best pop records leave you feeling, and that's definitely the end result of listening to Manners, the debut album from Passion Pit.
  4. Passion Pit's full-length debut proves he isn't fronting: It's a shiny bouquet of synth-pop roses, with perfumed Eighties keyboard whooshes and modern stutter beats crooking a finger toward the dance floor.
  5. While the midtempo tunes often venture into cheesy '80s-pop territory, the album's dense sound rewards repeat listens.
  6. Despite an opening volley that suggests Ghandi himself would have felt the urge to tell Passion Pit to stop being so bloody silly come the end, it finds a slightly more meaningful note surprisingly soon.
  7. I could go song by song and come to the same conclusion with pretty much each one: the dedication to this carefree whimsy of youth ultimately stands as the most impressive thing about Passion Pit, and it wears thin quickly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 7, 2011
    10
    Amazing drum lines, especially in the song "Little Secrets". Overall it's an awesome album. However, I do feel like the singer over strains his voice a little. Very catchy beats and great use of electronics though. A solid listen for anyone looking for happy, energetic music. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    Manners is much more than a bland electro-pop indie scene hype-fest, it is an extremely well-done and addicting album which delivers on all levels. Tasteful and fun electronica, interwoven instrumental recordings, and highly entrancing falsetto vocals all go into making this a highly thematic and enjoyable album. It rarely offers a dull moment, keeping emotions and energy high, while still ignoring empty over-popped indie hits with interesting song structure and true substance that goes past normal expectations. I've listened to this album for a long time, and it constantly maintains its position as my favorite album, a true work of art which is filled with musical expertise that you can hardly find anywhere else. I highly recommend this album. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    Passion Pit shows their astounding amount of musical creativity in their debut studio release MANNERS, as well as their ability to sing very high notes. I loved this music so much that I went to see them in concert. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    8
    Passion Pit's debut album Manners is a wonderful little album. Every song sounds great. It's just so different from the mainstream stuff they have today. The drumming is also something that sounds great. The singer's voice sounds a little too high but All In All, Manners has great tracks and it's a great sound. B+ Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2011
    8
    This will dig its way into your brain, featuring some of the hookiest synth-rock I've ever heard. Passion Pit's use of a real, live drummer instead of programmed beats adds a great layer to the sound and makes it more human and listenable. The layered synths perfectly complement the sky-high falsetto vocals to give the listener a feeling that everything, at least for the moment, is going to be OK. If it wasn't for the over-use of children's choir backing vocals, I'd rate this even higher. Expand
  6. Jul 13, 2012
    8
    The lyrics are deep, the melodies are catchy, and the synth rock arrangements are fully thought out and beautiful. A perfect album? No, but it's damn close. Just to nitpick: if they had eased off using the children's choir backing vocals so often, this would be a 9 out of 10. Collapse

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