Passion Pit will release its "Gossamer" album on July 24,...

Passion Pit will release its "Gossamer" album on July 24, 2012. Credit: Columbia Records

Considering how upbeat and carefree Passion Pit's gorgeous new album "Gossamer" (Columbia) sounds, the recent news that the band's singer and songwriter, Michael Angelakos, had to cancel the early part of the band's tour to improve his "mental health" was a bit surprising. Maybe re-entry from the heady, aggressively happy anthem "I'll Be Alright" with its swirling synths, and the defiant, rock-ish "It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy," became too much. Even the sleek synth-soul of "Constant Conservations," with Angelakos' falsetto drifting over a downbeat, feels like a pretty great time. Lucky for Angelakos, "Gossamer" is enough to chase away anyone's blues.

PASSION PIT

"Gossamer"

GRADE A-

BOTTOM LINE Pure pop packaged for partying

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