#11 on the 2012 Musical Bacon Calendar
A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits
Sometimes an album appears to go unnoticed, no matter how much I thought it would achieve great success. This album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, was one of those albums. It was created by what could be called a “super group” — where two successful groups unexpectedly form one collective and put out an album together.
Divine Fits, a combination of parts from Spoon (lead singer Britt Daniel), Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs (lead singer, guitarist Dan Boeckner), and the New Bomb Turks (drummer Sam Brown), should have killed. This album is solid from start to finish, taking on a similar format as Wolf Parade, where Boeckner sings lead, then the next song Daniel takes over. I’m not sure if the songwriting is broken up similarly, but I don’t really care.
All the songs are great, the guitar solos are awesome, and at times the album sounds like an extension of all of the bands mentioned above. That is due mainly to the unique sounds of the lead vocalists, but even the chord structures and drum beats feel very familiar. These guys’ other bands are so beloved, it’s astounding to me that this album hasn’t taken off more than it has.
Maybe it’s a slow burner. Maybe they have terrible PR, and nobody has heard of it. Maybe people think it sucks and my positive opinion of the album is an outlier. I hope that the band continues to work together and create interesting music. And I hope they come back through town (I missed them the last time). This is not a lineup people should be ignoring. Do your part. Download now.
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13. Tramp by Sharon van Etten
14. Fear Fun by Father John Misty
15. Love This Giant by David Byrne and St. Vincent
16. To The Treetops! by Team Me
17. The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood
18. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man On Earth
19. Transcendental Youth by The Mountain Goats
20. A Church That Fits Our Needs by Lost In The Trees
21. Hospitality by Hospitality
22. Free Dimensional by Diamond Rings
23. History Speaks by Deep Sea Diver
24. A Different Ship by Here We Go Magic
25. Negotiations by the Helio Sequence
26. Moms by Menomena
27. The Sound of the Life of the Mind by Ben Folds Five
28. Shields by Grizzly Bear
29. Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun by The Wooden Sky
30. Fragrant World by Yeasayer
31. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells