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Beirut The Flying Club Cup

  • Words: David Ma
  • Label: Ba Da Bing
  • XLR8R Rating: 6.5/10

Beirut's music has been described as "ghostly," "drunken," and "gypsy-like," but the core sentiment is that his songs are consistent, creative, and enjoyable. The Flying Club Cup is filled with photographic lyrics and colorful instrumentation, where standouts "La Banlieu," "The Penalty," and "Cherbourg" all benefit from the cohesive clamor and engaging arrangements. Bandleader Zach Condon's narratives of faraway sceneries are vivid, while French horns, accordions, and grueling drums compliment his words. But it's the album's apex, "Nantes," that best showcases the group's chemistry and attention to detail. Overall, it's a more polished effort, but no less personal; The Flying Club Cup illustrates this young band's progress and its seemingly endless potential.

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