Nutshell Album Review: Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Apparently indie stars are getting sick of people knowing what bands they’re in, because this marks yet another side project band that has come up with new material in the last few months. Divine Fits, consisting of Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs, and drummer Sam Brown, put out their debut LP A Thing Called Divine Fits back in August and they have been riding the “we’re a new, awesome band” train ever since. By meeting some unexpected middle ground of the each members respective groups, Divine Fits may have struck gold. And I do not mean their album art’s background.
The album opens up with “My Love Is Real”, a techno and 80’s pop music hybrid (which is now clear that they aren’t too far apart). This song kicks into a nice groove with nice keyboard riffs and a contagious beat, but never explodes like you would anticipate. “Flaggin A Ride” is what follows, another solid beat with Britpop-esque bass grooves and vocals. It all comes together with the grittiest, acidic solo written since Keith Richards stopped being friends with Mick Jagger. This song is the type of track you would expect 1960’s mothers to call “devil music” and pirate radio stations would play off the coast of the UK. “What Gets You Alone” sounds like a lost track pulled from a Franz Ferdinand session, full of dancefloor rhythm and distorted guitars. If that’s the case, Franz Ferdinand better be kicking themselves for losing it and letting Divine Fits master it. It then smoothly transitions into “Would That Not Be Nice”, bringing back the 80’s keyboards while keeping the modern rock grooves. This is one of the highlights of the album that captures various ends of rock and roll history in four minutes.
“The Salton Sea” goes back to the oddball techno sounds heard on the opening track. This one is definitely one that sticks out on the album, but it shows that Divine Fits does not fear adversity. “Baby Get Worse” is a quick regroup to the impressive groovy rock sound. This song is proof that the band is visiting all decades on this album, as they once again hit the sound captivated in 80’s dance classics. It comes out sounding like a collaboration between Eddie Money and Talking Heads, and by George it’s brilliant. “Civilian Stripes” is an acoustic song, that is really the first of the album to take on the sound of modern American rock music. With beautiful piano playing and palm muting, this turns out to be another one of the album’s best tracks. “For Your Heart” opens with a powerful drum beat and low synth sounds. The eeriness continues through the verse to a very poppy chorus. “Shivers” captures the Austin, Texas slow rock sound that comes from Daniel’s background, with noticeable lyrics like “I’ve been contemplating suicide, but it really doesn’t suit my style.” The song shapes up to be a gem, and one you should definitely check out. The album closes with the jammy, Oasis sounding “Like Ice Cream” and the experimental sound collage of “Neopolitans”.
There has never been an album as diverse as A Thing Called Divine Fits. Ever. This album hops through various genres, musical eras, and even different areas of the world. The most important thing to note is in most cases, Divine Fits made it work. Listening to A Thing Called Divine Fits is a musical adventure to say the least, and once you get past the strangely worded song titles and the back-to-back ice cream reference, the band shows incredible potential. Divine Fits grabs a 90/100 (for the decade they never got to in this album), and you can get it today.
A Thing Called Divine Fits Tracklisting:
- My Love Is Real
- Flaggin A Ride
- What Gets You Alone
- Would That Not Be Nice
- The Salton Sea
- Baby Get Worse
- Civilian Stripes
- For Your Heart
- Like Ice Cream