#50 Foxygen “Hang” – 52 Weeks of 2017 Albums

Over the course of three albums now Foxygen have managed to re-imagine themselves as three drastically different sounding acts, from the hurried psychedelia of 2013’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic to the bloated ’70’s glam infused garage rock of 2014’s …And Star Power and now this, a full on however many piece orchestra backing the boys as they perform contemporary show tunes to Trump’s America. This is over-the top no-holds barred music satire, Zappa-esque in nature and scope, reminiscent of the social commentary oozing from Phil Och’s piano lounge  classic “The Party” from his 1967 masterpiece Pleasures Of The Harbour. With just eight short tracks running a brisk 32 minutes, Hang is as short as it’s predecessor was long, anchored by a thick slab of classic Philly soul from the album’s lead track “Follow The Leader”.

Rating: 8/10



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