Passion Pit
Chunk of Change


4.5
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Review

by natey USER (46 Reviews)
February 1st, 2010 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: gayer then a somber greeting card, gooier than frozen chocolate: Chunk of Change!

Before Passion Pit was a hip, Bostonian, wonky pop outfit (2009), there was Michael Angelako and his girlfriend: she the inspiration for the first four tracks on Chunk of Change, he the artist weaving quirky lyrics with equally quirky music fit for dance pits. A late Valentine for his love, CDs were burned, buzz spread at Emerson College, and the band was formed from one of Angelako's campus laptop performances. Impish backstory aside, the EP was officially released on September 16, 2008, preceding PP's 2009 full length debut.

Live the group has become a five-piece, but tracks like opener "I've Got Your Number" feature indulgent layers of glistening synths, handclaps, and Angelako's beautifully deranged falsetto (prey to your interpretation) expelling have you seen me cry / tears like diamonds and batting a thousand / but a home-run crack at love. The catchy number closes with an informal keyboard solo. It's the Passion Pit formula: catchy hooks and lyrics repulsive or decadent depending on your emotional condition.

"Sleepyhead" is the acclaimed single (a post-Valentine addition), making it into commercials and a special Itunes promotion, but its success isn't at the expense of the rest of the EP. Each track bears its own solid hooks and killer melodies. Some like "Live to Tell the Tale" and "Sleepyhead" perceivably stronger than others, but I'm not picking favorites ("Live to Tell the Tale!"). Even the "ridiculously g*y" (sibling opinion) "Cuddle Fuddle" has charmingly burrowed itself inside my brain, rapunzel rapunzel let down your hair. There isn't a track worth skipping. "Better Things" bears explosive dance-floor energy, and singing along where my voice can keep up I can only wish I could shake with the grace of a lady.

In conclusion, the biggest hazard of this exuberant EP is the potential for terrible dancing in response. Fortunately most of my dancing takes place in secluded areas (driver seat/bedroom), but when I see this group live (March) I look forward to breakin' it down.



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natey
February 1st 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

classic case of natey non-stop listening to something and wanting to talk about so he write's a review
in under 12 minutes

Waior
February 1st 2010


11461 Comments


I haven't heard this, but I heard the version of 'Sleepyhead' on here is better than the LP one.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad someone reviewed this.

Natey, why is your review rating 1.0 different to your personal rating? I don't think it should ever be over 0.5.

Caleb, I don't think the versions are significantly different enough to have a strong opinion one way or the other. That may just be me though.

AggravatedYeti
February 1st 2010


7685 Comments


that summary is f'in gold.

Romulus
February 1st 2010


8447 Comments


I love Sleepyhead but I really can't get into anything else but that. Well 'get into' is the wrong phrase cause it's definitely accessible, just nothing hooks me quite like Sleepyhead.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 2nd 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

sleepyhead rules, the rest fly by sort of unnoticed

the LP rules

Digging: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

natey
February 6th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Natey, why is your review rating 1.0 different to your personal rating? I don't think it should ever be over 0.5.

fix'd

I think Sleepyhead is the least like the rest of the tracks so I understand why if you liked it the most you'd kinda forget the rest. The other tracks aren't really as dense. My two favorites are "I've Got Your Number" and "Live to Tell the Tale" though.

brutebeard
July 19th 2010


1655 Comments


This album is super feminine but Sleepyhead is one of the best singles perhaps ever



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