BY JOHN B. MOORE
Who stole the soul?
When LA indie pop band Fitz & the Tantrum put out their debut in 2010, they managed to catch the attention of many thanks to their original take on neo-Soul and R&B. The record earned them praise from Rolling Stone on down to the basement bloggers and led to bookings on a number of late night talk shows, not to mention an invitation to join Elektra’s roster.
But something funny happened on the way to the studio for their second effort. Someone swiped the soul and, frankly, the biggest appeal of the group’s music. More Than Just a Dream is a perfectly ok record that can even boast one or two above-average songs, but ultimately the result is pretty underwhelming, rendering the band just another pop group with a major label record deal.
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