Shangri-La

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  • Summary: The Portland, Oregon, dance duo's latest album is a concept album about man's search for utopia.
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Slumville Sunrise
The wind keeps beating on my window I haven't slept all night That drum just keeps on bangin' They must be buzzin' out their minds Like bees in a... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    88
    It's not the exquisite crispness of Yacht's bass lines that makes Shangri-La so appealing (though that certainly doesn't hurt). Rather, it's the band's knack for giving weighty ideas the lighthearted gift of groove.
  2. Uncut
    Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Ironic jape or not, Shangri-La captures the DFA label aesthetic perfectly, blending electro post-punk, disco and art-pop with conceptual elan, and icing the cake with dance-friendly production. [Jul 2011, p.103]
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    Musically however, Shangri-La keeps things fairly light and upbeat, with plenty of memorable, chanted vocal hooks and a satisfying mixture of live and sequenced instrumentation.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    75
    Shangri-La doesn't do much to breathe fresh life into them [notions of utopia, apocalypse, enlightenment, and true love]. But in its own naïve way, YACHT rejuvenates the scenery in this vision of paradise by casting things in an extremely literal light.
  5. Jun 30, 2011
    70
    There's a strong air of the post-punk '80s, and at the same time, the album's driving rhythms make it more DFA-like in spirit, like they're taking up part of the mantle of the now-defunct LCD Soundsystem, perhaps.
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    65
    Shangri-La offers more than enough frantic beats, fidgety bass lines, spiky guitar leads, soaring piano riffs, delirious vocal harmonies, and, yes, cowbells to fit in on any house-party playlist.
  7. 40
    It would be alright if they believed this stuff, but it's all done with the detached sneer beloved of hipsters worldwide. They're faux-hippies, not real ones.

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  1. Aug 7, 2011
    7
    Not my favorite album this year or by YACHT in general but definitely a solid album. I thought that many of these songs were quite catchy butNot my favorite album this year or by YACHT in general but definitely a solid album. I thought that many of these songs were quite catchy but not necessarily great songs, much like today's mainstream hits. Definitely not a bad album.
    FAV TRACKS: Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire), I Walked Alone
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