You know how some songs just burrow themselves into your head and then stay there, not moving until an equally catchy song comes along to take it’s place? That’s where I’m at right now with Fitz & the Tantrums’ “Money Grabber”, a hooky piece of pop/soul that’s slowly been catching on across the country. I got a copy of [amazon-product text=”Pickin’ Up The Pieces” (buy)” tracking_id=”popblerdcom-20″ type=”text”]B004GB4EZQ[/amazon-product] , their debut album, a couple of months ago, so I guess I was slightly ahead of the curve, but “Money Grabber” didn’t really hit me until a Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago when I, in a desperate attempt to entertain house guests, flipped on VH-1’s Top 20 countdown (which used to be a staple of mine and now I watch sparingly.) There the video was, and I was hooked.
I’d describe Fitz & the Tantrums’ sound as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings meets Maroon 5. They’re a little bit more studio-polished than the former and a little less predictable than the latter. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick’s voice has been compared to fellow blue-eyed soul man Daryl Hall’s, but I don’t really hear it. Actually, no comparison comes to mind immediately when I hear his voice, which isn’t something you can say very often in these days when just about EVERYONE sounds like someone else.
These guys played Boston a week ago and I’m sad I missed them (had another commitment), because I’ve heard that they tear shit up in concert. Looking forward to hopefully catching them the next time ’round.
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