We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
Recorded2011–2012
Genre
Length36:39
LabelJagjaguwar
ProducerRichard Swift
Foxygen chronology
Take the Kids Off Broadway
(2011)
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
(2013)
...And Star Power
(2014)
Singles from We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  1. "Shuggie"
    Released: October 4, 2012
  2. "San Francisco"
    Released: January 9, 2013
  3. "No Destruction"
    Released: May 28, 2013

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is the third studio album by American indie rock duo Foxygen, released on January 22, 2013 through Jagjaguwar.[4]

The album was promoted pre-release with the singles "Shuggie" on October 4, 2012,[5] "San Francisco" on January 9, 2013. After the album's release, "No Destruction" was released as the third and final single on May 23, 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[1]
DIY8/10[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
NME8/10[11]
The Observer3/5 stars[12]
Paste8.2/10[2]
Pitchfork8.4/10[13]
Under the Radar8/10[14]

Christian Taylor 90FM said of the album: "On the whole, the album carries hints of Tame Impala’s recent album, Lonerism, and adds a whole lot of swagger. Fans of Pond, the Velvet Underground, and Lou Reed should find plenty to love in this phenomenal piece of retro-rock work."[15] Austin Trunick of Under the Radar said: "The record taps into old AM hippie rock territory ... Motown, soul, acid rock ... and even classic French pop."[14] In a favourable review for NME, Lisa Wright states that "Foxygen have managed to spray every shade from their bizarre, Technicolor imaginations onto a record that bursts with lovable eccentricities, but never tries too hard."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."In the Darkness"2:00
2."No Destruction"4:55
3."On Blue Mountain"5:50
4."San Francisco"3:47
5."Bowling Trophies"1:47
6."Shuggie"3:22
7."Oh Yeah"5:16
8."We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic"4:27
9."Oh No 2"5:22
Total length:36:39

Personnel[edit]

Foxygen
  • Sam France – lead and backing vocals, piano, horns
  • Jonathan Rado – guitars, bass, piano, organ, percussion, synthesizers, mellotron
Additional musicians
  • Richard Swift – piano, organ, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, vocals, synthesizers, mellotron, theremin, glockenspiel
  • Jessie Baylin – backing vocals (track 4)
  • Sarah Versprille – backing vocals (track 4)
  • Crumbs – backing vocals (track 3)
  • Luke Suzumoto – handclaps, artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hadusek, Jon (January 22, 2013). "Album Review: Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lore, Mark (January 22, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". Paste. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts > 14. Foxygen". Rolling Stone. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. ^ katie (2013-01-22). "HAPPY RELEASE DAY // Foxygen's 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic' Out Now". JAGJAGUWAR. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2012-10-04). "Foxygen: "Shuggie"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  6. ^ "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen". Metacritic. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Thomas, Fred. "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen". AllMusic. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Young, Martyn. "Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic". DIY. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Clayon-Lea, Tony (January 18, 2013). "Foxygen". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". Mojo (232): 88. March 2013.
  11. ^ a b Wright, Lisa (January 18, 2013). "Foxygen – 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic'". NME. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Empire, Kitty (January 20, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – review". The Observer. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Greene, Jayson (January 22, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Trunick, Austin (January 18, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". Under the Radar. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  15. ^ Christian, Taylor. "90FM Album Review: Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". The Pointer, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-04-27.

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