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Kindred

Passion Pit

Kindred

Third album from the Cambridge, Massachusetts electro / indie dance pop outfit led by Michael Angelakos

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
20/04/2015
US Release date
21/04/2015
  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Gives the listener a pretty good excuse to settle into the album rather than flippantly blow right through it
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    A cartload of sugar helps the anxiety go down in the most irresistible Passion Pit way, or something like that
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    While it’s hard to put ‘Kindred’ down as a massive progressive leap, it’s another solid effort in a landscape of flashes in pans. That consistency should be applauded.
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  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Kindred is the conclusion to the first epoch of their career, an album that makes no qualms about looking into the past for strength to face the future
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Where Passion Pit really succeed on this record is that the nostalgia doesn't seem forced or gimmicky
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  6. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Passion Pit’s mission statement to a mixture of musical nostalgia and energy that coalesces quite well with larger messages of accepting the past in order to embrace the future
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  7. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s easy to get caught up in the saccharine beats and hooks, but Angelakos has once again succeeded in making a powerful and accessible pop record about his deeply personal experiences
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  8. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    Angelakos’ songs stand out for their thoughtful lyrics rather than serving to incite a party atmosphere
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  9. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A potent reminder of his prowess as a writer, delivered in a quick, forthright burst; it’s not the finest showcase for the sheer diversity he’s capable of as Passion Pit
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  10. 7.0 |   The Music

    It’s uncompromising, but there’s an awful lot to enjoy here
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    As Passion Pit albums go, it may not sound drastically different to what has gone before, but, nevertheless, it feels like a fresh start
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  12. 7.0 |   Spin

    Gossamer standouts like “Take a Walk” and “Carried Away,” might reach greater heights than the best songs on Kindred, but as a whole, this latest effort is much more accessible, consistent, and bursting with positivity
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  13. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    A nice, polished summer record; just don't expect it to comfort you when the sun goes down
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  14. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    While Kindred remains meticulously and impressively crafted, it just doesn’t carry the same emotional weight
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  15. 7.0 |   NME

    This dewy-eyed record sweeps you up in its joie de vivre
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  16. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    Kindred is ultimately both a transitional moment and a mixed bag
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  17. 6.0 |   NOW

    It's the lyrical shift that propels the album in a new direction that will be hard to appreciate amongst throngs of festival-goers. That's what the sugary hooks are for
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    One to be enjoyed in small doses. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    There’s a heartbeat underneath the saccharine mania for sure, but Angelakos seems reluctant to let us hear it
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  20. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    For Angelakos’ long-time fans, hope abounds that Kindred will prove to be a manufacturing defect rather than a new and misguided philosophy of design
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  21. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    So relentlessly up, it starts to feel suffocating
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  22. 3.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For Angelakos, the medium is the message only in so much as formula is his point, which feels like a cynical cop out
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