Do you remember when The Killersâ€™ Hot FussÂ came out and what a big deal it was? Well, if you donâ€™t, rest assured that I do. This sort of â€™80s-influenced, neo-soul power pop is catchy as hell. Add in the dual vocals of Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, and you have an intoxicating summer record.
From the whistling on â€œThe Walkerâ€ to the clapping and enthusiastic â€œooh’s” on â€œOut of My League,â€ itâ€™s clear that much of the power of More Than Just a Dream comes from the atmosphere and energy of the bandâ€™s sound rather than the lyrics. â€œBreak the Wallsâ€ certainly sounds epic, even if some of the images fall short, like turning down the lights in order to be blind.
â€œDonâ€™t they know this speaker is about to explode?/Donâ€™t they know this building is about to blow?â€ Fitzpatrick asks on â€œSpark,â€ a song that serves as something of a manifesto of confidence. With this kind of brash boasting, how can you not be drawn in? This is the sort of music thatâ€™s just plain fun. Likewise, â€œGet Awayâ€ has a brilliant call-and-response bit that would translate well live.
If you want to dance or just listen to an album with a lot of spirit, you could do far worse than More Than Just a Dream. It might not change the world, but it certainly makes it more fun, and we need bands like Fitz and the Tantrums.