Fitz and the Tantrums – Fitz and the Tantrums (2016)

A significant let down following their 2013 pop pastiche “More Than Just a Dream,” the duo’s latest suffers from a lack of urgency and depth. Gone is the pseudo-soul and funk that defined their previous albums, replaced instead with an energetic, poppy and ultimately anonymous blend of radio-friendly pop. It’s a thin, unremarkable effort that has a few highlights here and there, like lead single “HandClap,” but while it’s a fun little song, it also demonstrates how the duo seem to be chasing a mainstream breakthrough here instead of delivering a strong album, and the lack of unity among each song on the record is evident. It’s not bad mind you, it’s just that Fitz and the Tantrums can do better than this.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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