Mosaic / Reviews / April 22, 2015

Average Bear Reviews: Passion Pit’s ‘Kindred’ a messy effort

Graphic by Griffin Belzer/TKS

Graphic by Griffin Belzer/TKS

1. “Lifted Up (1985)”

1985 may have been a good year, but it’s only an okay song. The album opens up with a pretty basic song, riddled with recycled beats and melodies that have no freshness to them. The chorus is catchy, which is well and good, but there isn’t much else to note. Not the best way to open an album.

2. “Whole Life Story”

In a quick turn, the album finds its pacing. “Whole Life Story” sounds alive and vibrant. There is more here than a simple beat and catchy vocals, there’s heart. It sounds like an idea that has been thoroughly written out and realized, resulting in a great song.

3. “Where the Sky Hangs”

This has ’80s nostalgia to the max. The album goes down a slower path and results in a very solid ballad. The depth of sound throughout the piece is great and it sucks you in. There isn’t anything particularly exciting about this song, but if you’re in the mood for something slow, step right in.

4. “All I Want”

I’m disappointed in this track. It starts out with a quirky beat and drew me in. By the end of the song though, I was just bored. It goes on to repeat the same line and beat over and over to the point where I was frustrated. This song could have been fun, but it turned out to be the opposite.

5. “Five Foot Ten (I)”

Now this is what I’m talking about. This song is just pure energy. There is never a dull moment from beginning to end; it’s very consistent. The beats hit hard and the vocals ring high. This is the kind of music Passion Pit needs to create, music that is made solely for the fun of it.

6. “Dancing on the Graves”

Passion Pit, why don’t you listen to my advice?! Instead of continuing with the fun beats, the band tries to go slow and deep. They fail. This song sounds whiny and dull; there’s simply nothing here to come back for.

7. “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”

Wow, this album is back and forth. Coming right off of a slow track, the band throws a chanting, quick-hitter into the mix. At this point, I am getting such a conflicting feel from the album and it’s making me a little confused. This song in particular is exciting and feels alive, which I really like, but the back and forth from slow to quick on this album needs to smooth out.

8. “Looks Like Rain”

The album now finds itself with a medium tempo, smooth groove. It isn’t quite as harsh of a switch as the previous tracks on the album have shown, and it is much appreciated. “Looks Like Rain” is going to be great for some fans and annoying for others. The high-pitched, fluxuating vocals in the chorus are a bit harsh to the ears, but some fans are going to love it. It’s certainly an interesting song, but it’s nothing amazing.

9. “My Brother Taught Me How to Swim”

I really like how this track sounds. The strange little beats placed in the background add an exciting element to the whole, and the parts in the track where the music cuts are just cool. This is Passion Pit at its best, blaring those high-octane tunes that get your foot tapping. Can I have more like this please?

10. “Ten Feet Tall (II)”

No. Please, no. The auto-tune is TOO MUCH. Oh my goodness, this closing track is just painful. The auto-tuned vocals are cringeworthy, to the point where it is hard to listen to. It is such a shame too, because this song has a lot of power to it. As a closer, it has a perfect tone and feel, but those vocals are absolutely killer. This is a complete disappointment.

Favorite Track:

My Brother Taught Me How to Swim

Final Thoughts:

This album is messy. The pacing of the tracks goes from slow to fast in an instant and it leaves the album feeling like it doesn’t know where to turn next. The good tracks on the album are great, but you have to dig deep to sort the good from the bad.



Mitch Prentice
Mitch Prentice graduated in 2017, majoring in creative writing and minoring in journalism. He volunteered for TKS his sophomore and junior year, and worked as Mosaic Editor his senior year. He has interned alongside Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune and runs his own website.

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