Passion Pit - Kindred
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #517 / 776
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2015 Ratings: #559
April 21, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Synthpop, Indie Pop / Genres
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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.

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.

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.
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.

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

Alternative Press

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

Consequence of Sound

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

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.
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.
As Passion Pit albums go, it may not sound drastically different to what has gone before, but, nevertheless, it feels like a fresh start.

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.

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.


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


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.


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

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.

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. 

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.
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.

I always appreciated Kindred as a nice evolution from Gossamer's bleak hopelessness. Each track here is a more direct, sugary pop treat and brings a sigh of relief after the dark depths that came before. While, I can totally get how it wouldn't be a move musically that everyone would get behind, I can bump this album anytime.

A lot of the content on Kindred is framed as a return to normalcy and moving on from hardships. He mainly writes songs aimed at his wife. Some are about their love and ... read more
Nah, I loved it. Sue me.
Kindred somehow perfectly encompasses the aesthetic of its album cover, while seemingly making music the opposite of what one may expect upon seeing it. Beautiful songs take you back to the days of being a child in a big house on a cold family holiday, even if you never had one of these experiences yourself.
Fav Tracks: Where the Sky Hangs, Lifted Up (1985)
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.
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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)
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Added on: January 29, 2015