- Kindred

Passion Pit - Kindred
CRITIC SCORE
71
Based on 20 reviews
2015 Rank: #438 / 737
USER SCORE
64
Based on
125 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

At its most bombastic, Kindred is a battlefield of its own eccentricities with no regard for or worry about approaching a tipping point.

80
Under The Radar

On the group's excellent third album, Kindred, Angelakos has crafted a record which seems hopeful in the face of the world's myriad of disappointments, obstacles, and unseen villains, buoyed by the most dynamic, expertly calibrated synth pop of his career.

80
Exclaim!
Where Passion Pit really succeed on this record is that the nostalgia doesn't seem forced or gimmicky; there is sincerity to the nods and allusions, something lacking in a lot of the 1980s-inspired pop going around right now.
80
DIY
This is out-and-out pop music – there are no ‘indie’ qualifiers here - and it’s all the more joyous for its lack of shame. This is a major label pop album and that’s OK.
80
AllMusic

Kindred expresses a version of hesitant romance where disaster lurks but may not be inevitable, and where the moment is everything.

80
Alternative Press

After the doom and gloom of 2012’s Gossamer, Kindred sees Angelakos walking back into the light.

75
Consequence of Sound

Clocking in at just under 36 minutes, Kindred is easily the most consistent and thematically focused Passion Pit record to date.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
Sure, Michael Angelakos’ music might cling to the superficialities of the 80s, but in reality he seems quite content with where he is at this very moment.
70
The Line of Best Fit
It’s not the finest showcase for the sheer diversity he’s capable of as Passion Pit, but it does stake a claim - context considered - for his ongoing importance.
70
musicOMH
As Passion Pit albums go, it may not sound drastically different to what has gone before, but, nevertheless, it feels like a fresh start.
70
Spin

Gossamer standouts like “Take a Walk” and “Carried Away,” might reach greater heights than the best songs on Kindred, but as a whole, this latest effort is much more accessible, consistent, and bursting with positivity.

70
Drowned in Sound

This new-found sense of greater perspective has led to a maturation in Passion Pit's sound; this is as close to an out-and-out pop album as we're going to get.

70
Paste

While Kindred remains meticulously and impressively crafted, it just doesn’t carry the same emotional weight.

70
NME

Even if there's still a sneaking suspicion Angelakos used up his very best tunes on 2008 debut EP 'Chunk Of Change', this dewy-eyed record sweeps you up in its joie de vivre all the same.

68
Pitchfork

Kindred lives and dies on the strength of its melodies, and some of those melodies are submarined by excess rather than enhanced by it.

60
No Ripcord

Unlike previous Passion Pit releases, Kindred’s arrangements are a heap of disjointed sound fragments glued into a form that exists solely to support the glossy veneer.

60
The Guardian

In spite of its earnest intentions, the music continues to bulldoze its way through sincerity; piles of chaotic, claustrophobic production and slick, synthy sophistication. 

50
Rolling Stone
They've mastered the art of pairing emotionally naked lyrics with sweet, lush synth beats. On their third LP, though, that strength becomes a fault, as the band's tender vibes begin to blur into sameness.
30
Slant Magazine

Unfortunately, Kindred only loses the plot further, entrenching itself in a sonically limited pop vocabulary (starchy synth lines; bristling, reverb-doused percussion; and huge, multi-tracked choruses) that's even further away from the chaotic chemistry of his debut.

Apr 24, 2015
You'reSoBaby
80
Nah, I loved it. Sue me.
Jul 27, 2016
Felindie
70
Fav Tracks: Where the Sky Hangs, Lifted Up (1985)
Apr 26, 2016
beespray989
67
Passion Pit is always a smooth listen, but from their catalog this one is the one you skip. From start to finish they deliver a mediocre album, which may be the point if you judge a book by its cover.
Mar 16, 2016
thevelvet
10
Good: All I Want
Dec 19, 2015
MTB
78
gossamer is an mpiece to me. this album suffers from weak songwriting, but everything else is there.
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Track List
  1. Lifted Up (1985)
  2. Whole Life Story
  3. Where the Sky Hangs
  4. All I Want
  5. Five Foot Ten (I)
  6. Dancing On The Grave
  7. Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
  8. Looks Like Rain
  9. My Brother Taught Me How To Swim
  10. Ten Feet Tall (II)


Added on: January 29, 2015