ARTIST: Fitz & The Tantrums
TITLE: Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1
YEAR RELEASED: 2009
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: It was a five song EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Breakin’ the Chains of Love and Winds of Change were on their debut full length album.
LINEUP: Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, Joseph Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzmna, John Wicks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A throwback to classic soul with a modern sensibility.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Fitz & the Tantrums debut EP is just a teaser, a cruel cruel teaser. However, it did get them signed and allowed them to get a full length album just a year after its release, not bad for an independently recorded debut EP from a band barely a year old.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz as it were, sings soul just as well as Daryl Hall, and by adding long-time LA vocalist Noelle Scaggs they are able to cover the gamut of the classic soul sound. Yet, there’s something to this band so that they’re not just copies of the Motown and Stax greats.
This is definitely a great supplement to their records.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Fitzpatrick has said that he booked their first show one week after their first rehearsal.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: Fantastic use of the EP format to whet your whistle for the band.