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CD Review: Passion Pit 

Gossamer (Columbia)

Why go low-fi when there are children's choirs, wall-rattling synths, and pop hooks the size of a small country out there to explore and use? Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos crams as many canvas-covering devices that will fit into the spaces of the Massachusetts quintet's summer-ready second album. Gossamer is basically more of everything that made 2009's Manners a hit (you can hear its influence in everything from car commercials to bands like Foster the People). So it's a bigger and more focused record, from the monster synth attacks of "I'm Alright" and "Cry Like a Ghost" to the album's sweeping theme of hope amid despair. Nothing seems to bring Angelakos down – not lost family connections or his girlfriend walking out on him. It's all summed up on Gossamer's penultimate track, "It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy." Words to live by.

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