February ’13 CD of the Month: We Are The 21st Century… by Foxygen
At first glance, Foxygen might seem like a goofy excursion, but their sophomore effort We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic is a surprisingly tasteful collection of rock songs that feels mature and youthful all at once.
Maintaining the reckless abandon that comes with a band who’ve named themselves “Foxygen”, Ambassadors gives a fun and even sometimes touching spin on the themes established in their debut. Their love for rock and roll groups from the early 70’s is front and center as usual, but members Jonathan Rado and Sam France have honed their songwriting style to the level that one could almost mistake lead single “No Destruction” for a Velvet Underground song. Breezy hooks and vintage production coat the album in a summer sheene, as Rado and France leap from style to style between tracks. Veering between Stooges-type workouts and Jackson 5 breakdowns all with a childish optimism, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic is an undeniably delightful listen.
Out on Jagjaguwar Records, Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic is Radio 1190’s CD of the Month for February. Radio 1190 would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190’s CD of the Month Club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.