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Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for CutieThe Naked and Famous

Passive Me, Aggressive You

Universal Republic

Apr 08, 2011 The Naked and Famous Bookmark and Share

The Naked and Famous are an Auckland, New Zealand five-piece band that traffics in moody synth-pop that splits the difference between brooding and ethereal electronica and dancefloor pop jams. “Punching in a Dream” is led by a soaring, saccharine melody, while “The Source” echoes the opening of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” “Eyes” features a mellow male/female-voiced melody over propulsive rhythms, and “Young Blood,” which debuted at #1 on the New Zealand charts, adds a dose of rock and roll guitar to its synthesized drum beats and arena-worthy chorus. The album might benefit from a bit more focus-things get a bit schizophrenic, switching among the dark, electro cuts, the synthy pop, and the rock/electronic mishmashes-and the album drags toward the end. But all in all Passive Me, Aggressive You is a decent debut, with a lot of room for growth.

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