Fitz and The Tantrums - “Let Yourself Free” Album Review
Multi-platinum band, Fitz and The Tantrums has released its fifth studio album “Let Yourself Free.”
The LA-based band is known for their indie pop and neo-soul style music, but “Let Yourself Free” brought out more of their pop side.
The 12-track album is very upbeat and the songs are short, with the whole album coming in at only 32 minutes.
There seems to be a summer theme to the album, which is weird considering it was released in November.
Opening the album, “Good Intentions” is an upbeat track. The main message is that if you are a good person, what is there to stress about?
“Heaven” is one of those feel-good songs and the band is having fun with it. It talks about how you never know when your last day will be, so have fun while you’re here.
“Sway” has a quick beat with a dance-pop theme to it. This would be a perfect summer anthem that sounds like it belongs in a Disney Channel movie.
“Silver Platter” is a very basic pop love song. “Let Yourself Free” and “Moneymaker” are both simple dance songs.
“Ahhhh” is a forward-looking track and Fitz shows his confidence about becoming someone. “Good Nights” is a slower song that looks back into a past relationship.
“Big Love” is a basic, upbeat love song, and “Is It Love” is just questioning his feelings about what is going on with his person.
“Steppin’ On Me” talks about how the world can be a mean place. He questions why certain things happen in his life and goes into detail about little things that go wrong in life.
To conclude the album, “Someday” is a sad love song that talks about how he has messed up and he wants to change to make it up to his love.
The album has a mix of Disney-themed songs and generic commercial sounds. There is an overall feel-good energy that will make a listener want to forget about the bad, get up and dance.
Fitz and The Tantrums have found a way to make an upbeat album that goes along with the current pop trends.
They sing about summer topics throughout and the tone is summer-sounding, which makes it an awkward time to drop the album. They should’ve dropped the album earlier in the year for a better chance at it being ranked higher.
The album consists of TikTok sounding coming-of-age music. It has the type of beat that you don’t want to like, but it is just catchy for some reason.
Fitz and The Tantrums was just having fun with this album, and that’s okay.
Reviewer’s Favorite Songs: “Someday,” “Sway,” “Heaven”
Reviewer’s Least Favorite Song: “Steppin’ On Me,” “Is It Love,” “Let Yourself Free”
Brianna Cavalieri is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email email@example.com.
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Brianna Cavalieri is a third-year broadcast journalism student at Penn State University. She joined CommRadio in the Fall of 2022 and has written multiple articles for the Arts and Entertainment department. She has also contributed to the Pulse of Penn State talk show in the news department. She has shadowed with 93.3 FLZ, a radio station in Tampa, Florida, owned by iHeartMedia and her future goals consist of working in news or radio.