We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2013 Ratings: #227 / 955
User Score
Based on 390 ratings
2013 Ratings: #48
January 22, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The album's coherence comes in its incredible architecture of all these ideas, and the way the band sells them with everything they've got, taking what could be incredibly obtuse music back into the realm of pop from which it was born.

85
Beats Per Minute

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic delivers on the promise of Foxygen’s previous material in almost every way possible

84
Pitchfork

Having a great record collection and having some idea what to do with it are two different things, and on We Are The Ambassadors Foxygen have internalized enough of the music they love to start toying with it.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

With We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, Foxygen is a breath of fresh air, reviving a vintage style of songwriting in a new and creative fashion.

82
Paste

What’s most impressive about 21st Century is that there’s nary a dud in the bunch, a difficult feat when it comes to making modern pop music that lives mostly in the past. 

80
Under The Radar

It's a bit frantic, but always spot-on; the band nails each retro style closely, and yet manages to channel them all into one new vision that's wholly Foxygen.

80
DIY

The result is a bewitching concoction of psych rock thrills, melodic pop and an untrammelled desire to explore rock's freakier boundaries.

80
NME

Foxygen have managed to spray every shade from their bizarre, Technicolor imaginations onto a record that bursts with lovable eccentricities, but never tries too hard.

80
The Fly

It’s a rewarding mixture of romance, wit and fantasy.

75
The 405

It was a fun journey, and the band, almost brazenly, handpick all the elements they like and meld them into something that feels like their own.

70
Drowned in Sound

Though the songs are a bit scatterbrained, France and Rado leapfrog traditional genres with youthful confidence, none of which sounds contrived. 

70
Consequence of Sound

For a band that just started writing pop songs, this sophomore LP is an impressive outing. 

70
PopMatters

Daft but smart, traditional though strange with it, shaggy n’ scruffy, simple yet poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and hip but reassuringly dorky.

70
musicOMH

They may not be the highly innovative band that people crave, but they have achieved great success channelling their influences into their very own sound. 

65
The Line of Best Fit

Nostalgia is very in right now, and people love remembering their sepia-toned youth/pretending they remember the ’80s, but sometimes Foxygen sound rather too much like they’re doing covers of their Dads’ collection of dusty LPs. 

50
No Ripcord

21st Century Ambassadors relies mostly on its charm; the album feels more like a game of “guess the influence” than a determined musical statement, and the irony-laden lyrics rarely unearth a gem

MiaWatterson
80
Good songs
EdFruscley
90
Un álbum que repasa muy bien su género, hace gala de una producción muy bien trabajada, ideas frescas, buenas líneas y mucha coherencia en su forma de hacer música, sientes la psicodelia y no suena pretencioso como a primeras podría parecer. Una propuesta bastante interesante
808thDimension
80
36 minutes of fun without a single bad song. #SanFranciscoIsAMood

faves: No Destruction, On Blue Mountain, San Fancisco, Shuggie, Oh Yeah, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Oh No
VividAids
95
this album is something special. a definitive moment for indie-rock, definitely.
Kicup
88
Extremely unique, fun, and lovely vocals (San Francisco, WATTCAOPAM). Strange lyrical and instrumental undertone (On Blue Mountain, In The Darkness). Switch ups multiple times in the same song (Shuggie, WATTCAOPAM), but still holding central ideas of religion and love. This album has ethereal highs (the end of 'Oh No') and depressing lows (On Blue Mountain). Maybe some songs are a bit short, the album is a brisk 36 minutes, and some songs kinda tread the same water as other tunes, but that is ... read more
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Track List

  1. In The Darkness
  2. No Destruction
  3. On Blue Mountain
  4. San Francisco
  5. Bowling Trophies
  6. Shuggie
  7. Oh Yeah
  8. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  9. Oh No
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