We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #238 / 959
User Score
Based on 423 ratings
2013 Ratings: #57
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

WhatTheFunk
86
Composed of two Californian pop nerds, Sam France and Jonathan Rado, Foxygen is a very important band in the 2010's indie rock neo-psychedelic scene. With its not-so-great title worthy of the Flaming Lips, "We are the 21st century ambassadors of peace & magic" confirms their talent. Where so many of their contemporaries go astray in exhausting sophisticated voices or sound effects, Foxygen does not forget the essential: the melody. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but I think this ... read more
MinatoArisato
80
Wow, this really caught me off guard. Foxygen presents a record that is mesmerizing, to say the least. The album flies by so fast and does a wonderful job putting me in a state of calmness and relaxation.

Best Track: San Francisco
Worst Track: Oh Yeah
MiaWatterson
80
Good songs
Rob
77
The derivativeness of the sound doesn't bother me at all, and I've found myself coming back to it quite often. However, I'm worried this one might get lost in the shuffle as 2013 moves on.
winitheju
87
I think it's easy to forget how good this record is given how crappy most of the rest of their music is
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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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