Retro-pop with Fitz and the Tantrums

Like the current trend of Motown & Stax inspired bands? Groups like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse and Raphael Saadiq peak your interest?

Well, here’s another. Fitz and the Tantrums is worth a listen…especially the track “Money Grabber”. It would feel right at home in a Quentin Tarentino film. My brother Alex gave this to me for Christmas, and I have to say, I really dig it. Sure, there’s weak moments…a few tracks lag or just don’t quite have that magic. And the cover sports a Bond-inspired pop-art style and a photo of a sleazy-looking singer who seems pulled right from a lounge act in a dive bar. So I was skeptical that this was just going to be a ridiculous mess. But surprisingly, it’s not over-the-top. It’s just well-crafted retro-pop from an era where more than 3 chords in a pop song was still okay.

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