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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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    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
  2. Wai-HoiT
    Aug 26, 2009
    Simply stunning! The Reeling has been constantly playing in my mp3 for the past summer.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Sep 20, 2009
    An amazing album. I'm surprised by the hate or dislike of some people. It's interesting the types of bands that people will flock to but the great ones will get shunned or be just shy of being called brilliant. Either way, an amazing album. Collapse
  4. PeterF
    May 19, 2009
    Superb stuff. These guys are the next big thing. Real deal kinda stuff.
  5. MattD.
    Sep 6, 2009
    After a few plays this CD becomes a favorite, listening through all the tracks. Although some of the songs on the album do get repetitive sounding, each song is very good. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2011
    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
  7. Jimmy
    Jun 6, 2009
    Despite a couple of decent tracks, I found this overall to be quite a frustrating, grating listen.

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