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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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