Album Review | POP

Fitz and the Tantrums, ‘More Than Just a Dream’

When Nick Lowe used the term “pure pop for now people” he could have been describing Fitz and the Tantrums’ second record. The LA band’s debut, “Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” was a stylish (albeit somewhat mannered) slice of blue-eyed soul. The group wisely broadens the musical palette here and goes full-bore pop by adding bigger choruses, alluring sonic textures, and electronic rhythms. It’s not a commercial compromise because this band was built to provide these types of small aural epiphanies filled with earworms and feel-good vibes. Endless touring has made Michael Fitzpatrick’s vocals more instinctive; he can alternate between Daryl Hall-like smoothness on “Spark” and the dramatic urgency of “House on Fire” while providing a vibrant center on the many giddy workouts (“Get Away”). Noelle Scaggs smartly counterpoints and supplements Fitzpatrick to flesh out the terrific vocal dynamic. Just in time for summer. (Out Tuesday)

Ken Capobianco


Fitz and the Tantrums play TD Garden with Bruno Mars on June 26.

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