Published on July 29th, 2012 | by greg0
Passion Pit: Gossamer:: Review
Michael Angelako’s Passion Pit is a thing of twee beauty that almost succumbs to its own preciousness on Gossamer, the follow up to 2009′s Manners. Gossamer is a bigger, brighter and slicker album than its predecessor courtesy of the enhanced instrumentation that can be found on each track. Gossamer is also a relentlessly introspective album that divulges Angelako’s persona as it weathers crumbling economies, relationships and confessionals concerning his mental status. The 99% empowering “Take A Walk” opens the album with a cascading stomp of keyboards that is echoed in the chirpy “I’ll Be Alright,” a reassuring statement given that Angelako has recently cancelled concerts due to his health.
Angelako’s earnestness becomes somewhat overbearing on the effervescent pop of “Carried Away” and the schmaltzy Chip and Dale flavored psychiatric slow jam of “Constant Conversations.” Thankfully Angelako tones things down on the subtle (well, for Passion Pit) “On My Way” and “Hideaway.” Angelako gets philosophical on Gossamer’s denouement as he tackles relationship issues “Love is Greed”, his mental status “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy” and the existence of God in “Where We Belong.” All of this would be too much to take in the hands of a lesser artist, but thankfully Angelako is up to the task of creating a successor that just might be better than his debut.