The Reeling

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"The Reeling"
Single by Passion Pit
from the album Manners
Released May 11, 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Electropop, indietronica, alternative dance
Length 4:48
Label Columbia (UK)
Frenchkiss (U.S.)
Writer(s) Michael Angelakos
Producer(s) Chris Zane
Passion Pit singles chronology
"The Reeling"
"To Kingdom Come"
Manners track listing
"Moth's Wings"
"The Reeling"
"Eyes As Candles"

"The Reeling" is a song by American electronic band Passion Pit. It was released in May 2009 as the first single from the band's debut album Manners. The song features background vocals from the PS22 Chorus. Generally well received by music critics, the single entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in September 2009.[1] In the UK, the single originally peaked at #137, but was re-issued in January 2010, where it performed slightly better at #99. With this improved showing, the record company then re-issued "Sleepyhead" in March 2010. The song was featured on soccer video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011.

A music video for the song premiered in April 2009. It depicts a carefree night on the town and uses ripped-paper visual effects. A remixed version of "The Reeling" was used on the trailer for the fourth season of the British TV series Skins.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Lou Thomas of the BBC praised the song's vocals and beats, and called it "unquestionably one of the greatest songs of 2009."[3] Emily Kendrick of This Is Fake DIY noted the song's exuberance and compared it vocally to the Bee Gees.[4] Louise Brailey of NME said the song's opening "sounds weirdly like an old-school hardcore breakdown, before collapsing into starry disco-pop."[5] Mike Diver of Clash magazine said the song "combine[s] elements of the purest pop with compositional playfulness."[6] Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine credits the song's ability, along with album track "Moth's Wings," to combine decades worth of "party music" genres, including disco, house, rave, and 1980s rock.[7] Zach Kelly of Pitchfork Media described the song as sweet and earnest, adding that listeners "won't remember it the next morning, but it probably earned a grin the night before."[8] Andrzej Lukowski of Drowned in Sound called the song "quite annoying," though he gave the album a favorable review overall.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Japan Hot 100[10] 19
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[11] 137
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[1] 34
Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles Chart 99


Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "The Reeling" (Calvin Harris Remix) 6:22
2. "The Reeling" (Shuttle Remix) 5:26
3. "The Reeling" (Groove Police Club Mix) 8:15
4. "The Reeling" (Groove Police Radio Mix) 3:39
5. "The Reeling" (Dean Coleman Bass Hit Club Mix) 6:27
6. "The Reeling" (Dean Coleman Bass Hit Radio Mix) 3:40


  1. ^ a b "Artist Chart History: Passion Pit". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  2. ^ Horne, Adam (2009-04-22). "Passion Pit, 'The Reeling' - Video of the Day". (AOL). Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Lou (2009-05-14). "Passion Pit - 'The Reeling' - Single Reviews". BBC. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  4. ^ Kendrick, Emily (2009-05-11). "Passion Pit - 'The Reeling' - Single Reviews". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ Brailey, Louise (2009-05-13). "Album Review - Passion Pit - Manners". NME. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  6. ^ Diver, Mike (2009-05-05). "Passion Pit - Manners - Clash Covers Stars' Fantastic Debut...". Clash. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  7. ^ Cole, Matthew (2009-05-21). "Passion Pit - Manners - Music Reivew". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Zach (2009-03-25). "Track Reviews - Passion Pit - 'The Reeling'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  9. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (2009-03-25). "Passion Pit - Manners - Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Singles – Issue Date: 2009-10-24". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
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