Best Albums Of 2012 – #16: Passion Pit – Gossamer

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Given the considerable success Passion Pit‘s first album Manners garnered, it’s always interesting to see what a new band will follow-up with. And while not a huge departure from their debut, Gossamer shows a surprising amount of restraint for a band known for their euphoric blend of electropop. While “Take A Walk” wasn’t necessarily the first single everybody was expecting, it was a telling sign of the introspective nature of Gossamer.

Second single “I’ll Be Alright” fit right into their established sound and reassured fans Michael Angelakos and his band still had it in them. But what really marked Gossamer’s uniqueness compared to its predecessor was the release of third single, the R&B tinged “Constant Conversations”. While Gossamer‘s release and promotion might have been marred by the lead singer and songwriter’s personal struggles, they made appreciating the album all the more personal and touching.

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