9/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 June 2011
Everyone likes Beirut don't they? You all like a bit of Beirut. There, that's you told. Here comes Zach once again, ukelele at the ready, horns parping like a Salvation Army band in the background while drums thump away and a general good time is had by all. This is a ridiculously limited 7" on Zach's own label (they are all at it!). Both songs are absolutely brand, spanking new and the first material unleashed to the public since the 'March of the Zapotec' EP way back in '09. The good news is that Beirut are back to doing what they are good at. The A side is upbeat orch-pop with an excellent coda which layers itself up like many a Sufjan Stevens composition has done. In fact this will appeal to a lot of the Sufjan fans too scared by 'The Age of Adz'. The B side is an emotional piano ballad rising up with trademark horn and marching drums, quite wrought but not overly so, although he has lost the musical magpie affectations of his debut, he's still a force to be reckoned with. It promises much for whatever comes next. Sure to fly off the shelves so buy now or weep later.
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