ALBUM REVIEW: Fitz and the Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream

More Than Just A Dream artwork
More Than Just A Dream artwork

ARTIST Fitz and the Tantrums

ALBUM More Than Just a Dream

LABEL Elektra

RELEASE DATE 7.5.2013

6.0 | 10

Fitz and the Tantrums debut album was a joyful mix of soulful bliss and lyrical bite that gave the music an empowering feel. The band admittedly wanted to get away from the blue-eyed soul sound of their debut, a risky move for a band that found its audience through that sound. Unfortunately for all parties, the new musical direction is the sound of a child running away from home only to realize what he had was actually pretty damn good.

Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick’s vocal performances are still the highlight of the album, both fully committed throughout the recording. The band’s warts are most visible through the lyrics, unable to hide behind the beauty of their soul-inspired debut. It wouldn’t be all so bad if “Out of My League” wasn’t the catchiest thing here by far. And that’s what’s most surprising: everything here sounds, to be frank, very by-the-numbers. If you’re looking for something else here to play, I’d recommend “Fool’s Gold,” but for fans of Fitz and the Tantrums’ debut, you’ll certainly find yourself a long way from Kansas.

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