Passive Me, Aggressive You is the first album to come out from the New Zealand five-piece The Naked and Famous. The album is just being released in the US, but it has already been out in other parts of the world, including the band’s home country of New Zealand, for quite a while now.
This album has already had great success in their home country, as it has already been platinum certified. The single “Young Blood” has had success as well, debuting in the number 1 spot on the New Zealand charts. They are the first band to be able to accomplish this in three years. The album sounds like a good mixture of Passion Pit’s album Manners and M83’s album, Saturdays = Youth.
The band gets the album off good to a start with the energetic track entitled “All of this.” This was a good way to start the album off, as it gives a look into the band’s heavily electronic and often upbeat style.
Just as is true with the two albums listed above, this album contains many catchy songs that will be stuck in your head for days, and possibly even months. The first of these is the first single to come off the album, titled “Young Blood,” which showcases the bands synth-pop style well with catchy synth parts and a drumbeat that will make listeners tap their feet. The song “Punching in a Dream” is another example of the band’s catchy synth-pop style. The intro to the song is similar to Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead” and will remain stuck in your head for long periods of time. Both of these songs are bound to have success in the alternative scene.
The album does, however, have a mixture of both upbeat dance tracks and mellower songs with a decent amount of complex synth. One of my favorites is the Nine Inch Nails-esque track titled “The Sun.” This song starts out very slow and melodic, and then builds into a very unique array of complex synth beats and voices. The epic build into something bigger is very consistent with the slower songs on this album, and another great example of this is the song “No Way,” which starts with a very melodious acoustic guitar, of which interchanges between that, and a very deep and loud sound featuring a very heavy electronic bass.
Overall, this album is an incredible start for the band. It is full of catchy songs that you will find yourself singing consistently. To sum up their style, The Naked and Famous take the best of current Alternative Rock, and combine it all into one album.
Although this is only their first album and it has only been a week now since the release, the band has already achieved some success in the US success with the song “Young Blood,” getting it to the number 24 spot on the billboard Alternative Rock Charts.
With Passive me, Aggressive you, The Naked and Famous have put out 13 solid tracks that are definitely worth giving a try. Watch out for them, because they could be big in 2011.