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by Killerhit USER (39 Reviews)
January 18th, 2013 | 100 replies | 10,277 views


Release Date: 01/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh but the door of consciousness isn't open anymore.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

To an extent, it was hard not to love Foxygen’s debut album when it came out in 2011 – a sprawling but genuinely fun album that was not unlike a strange David Bowie (in the music) and Ariel Pink (in its lyrical depth). The duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado had officially made their first, bona fide album, but they had been around for longer than that: when they formed in 2005, their style was an odd swamp of experimental music that dabbled in psychedelic and retro territory (there was absolutely no way to make it not sound pretentious, and it’s a shame because the album is anything but), but that garnered very little attention, and as a result the EPs they self-released are scattered and only a few are preserved anymore. Enter Richard Swift, a producer who flew the boys to Oregon, helped them make Broadway, and from there… well, nobody knew.

Peace and Magic is a rather insane endeavor, full of ebullience and bombast crammed into nine tracks clocking under forty minutes: but the energy and short length serves to the duo’s advantage, and P&M is a far more concise and far more ambitious album than the debut. The reason it works so well, is because Rado and France have a lot of heart. They have a peculiar style where they are able to fuse unrestrained energy and weightless emotions perfectly, complete with a certain accessibility that makes it come across as appealing without having to try: Broadway wasn’t ambitious enough to be pretentious, even though it was clearly an eclectic album: Foxygen just had a damn fun time with it. Everything they did right on the debut is augmented here.

The sincerity put forth in a song such as ‘No Destruction’ – easily the album’s best song and also the duo’s best so far – is undeniable. An early moment in the album, it paints a nice picture of the personality in the album, and is a five-minute monster of brightly-paced piano, swelling organ and guitar, shifting through time signatures and tempos almost perfectly. Where France’s vocals fit into this particular track, I cannot say, but Christ is he a good singer. France attacks the album with complete abandon, singing in a baritone here, coughing out falsetto there, and taking all kinds of other influences in between (such as Mick Jagger). Much like the instruments, he lives and breathes with all kinds of energy.

Magic doesn’t stop being good from here, also. There is the chaotic ‘Oh Yeah’, which presents a very apocalyptic atmosphere split into two sections, its delightful middle section, and a separate passage that makes the whole song a smorgasbord of weird fookin’ ***. “San Francisco” is easily the catchiest track on here, a psych pop ballad strolling along pastorally with some very pleasant lyrics mixed with gorgeous back vocals (“But that was many years from now / And I hope from here on now / I always seemed to want to shout / Your eyes are like a cup of tea and sending into the sun with me”). One song after another, the album’s doesn’t stop its brisk pace: the comfortably anthemic ‘Blue Mountain’, the string-swelling ‘Shuggie’, and the title track is… well f*cking crazy.

Plainly, it's a fantastic album, one that kicks 2013 off on the right track. It is intricate, ridiculous, and regardless of how insane it can get, the music is of the highest quality. There's not a problem on the album, other than minor annoyances - the shorter tracks maybe aren't as good as the other, more longer ones, and sometimes the production can't keep up with everything, but it's a soaring, energetic album, and everything about it is worth investing your time into. Cynics notwithstanding.



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Killerhit
January 18th 2013



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wut.


Anyways, stream:







http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/6226/Album-Stream-Foxygen---We-Are-the-21st-Century-Ambassadors-of-Peace-and-Magic.utr

Propose
January 18th 2013



808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cant breathe without some

GiaNXGX
January 18th 2013



4867 Comments


holy dhuosfhofghfyugviadvujasifusgvhiao

YankeeDudel
January 18th 2013



9311 Comments


You added another album of this.

Digging: Underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman

Kiran
Emeritus
January 18th 2013



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album's pretty decent, 'no destruction' is gold and there are a lot of good tracks but the charm of it withered away very quickly for me

Vajs
January 18th 2013



6 Comments


any download links, pretty please? ^^

Sleaper
January 18th 2013



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review man.

i actually like this a hell of a lot more than take the kids off broadway.
no destruction, on blue mountain and san francisco are ace.

As you said, what a perfect way to start 2013 off

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Sheaiskl
January 18th 2013



815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

catchy tunes and they seem like fun guys

LifeAsAChipmunk
January 18th 2013



4854 Comments


amazing band

foxxxythnksustnk
January 19th 2013



2132 Comments


foxxxygen

LifeAsAChipmunk
January 19th 2013



4854 Comments


foxxxxy you should foxxxyfive/5 this

Fortheloveofmusic
January 19th 2013



491 Comments


I had no idea this was coming out, really excited to give it a listen. "Take the Kids Off Broadway" was top 10 for me last year.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2013



6091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This has grown off me so much, gets worse with each listen, etc...

Take the kids off broadway was much better, but this is a great review, hope you get featured!

Sheaiskl
January 19th 2013



815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this hasn't grabbed me like Take the Kids of Broadway yet... still good though

LifeAsAChipmunk
January 19th 2013



4854 Comments


oh why would I want something
why would I need someone
but I'm willing to change
I'm willing to change

Killerhit
January 19th 2013



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kiran - I dunno, I've listened to it about two or three times and it's still really damn good. It's in between a 4 and a 4.5 right now, I suppose.

Vajs - it's not even out yet, jeez

Lifeasachipmunk - Dude, your foxxy comment was pure witty genius

Gnarly - Thank you very much.

Anthracks
January 20th 2013



3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i'm not usually one to say stupid crap like this, but the band is much better live

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CelestialDust
January 20th 2013



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has grown ON me not off... especially that san francisco song that I thought was cheesy at first

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2013



6091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how much have you listened to it? the first four or five times it grew on me, but after that it has just been growing off

Anthracks
January 20th 2013



3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the music is more like rolling stones / t. rex than bowie. kind of tired of seeing the lazy bowie comparisons



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