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 Foxygen
Released January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre
Length 36:39
Label Jagjaguwar
Producer Richard Swift
Foxygen chronology
Take the Kids Off Broadway
(2012)Take the Kids Off Broadway2012
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
(2013)
...And Star Power
(2014)...And Star Power2014
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
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (80/100) [4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[1]
Impact 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[7]
Paste 8.2/10[2]
The Quietus negative[8]
NME 8/10[9]

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is the second studio album by American indie rock duo Foxygen. The album was released on January 22, 2013.[10] The album's release was preceded by the release of the single "Shuggie" on October 4, 2012,[11] as well as the album's second single "San Francisco", which was released January 9, 2013. "No Destruction" was also named as Best New Track by Pitchfork on January 9.[12] Post-release, "No Destruction" was released as the third single, and an official music video was uploaded to YouTube, which Foxygen announced was 'a music video 8 years in the making'.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[14] 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."[15] In a favourable review by 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."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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 "Album Review: Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  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. ^ "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen". 
  5. ^ Thomas, Fred. "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen : Songs, Reviews". allmusic.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ James, Ben (January 21, 2013). "Album Review: Foxygen – 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic'". Impact. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Greene, Jayson (January 22, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Turner, Luke (January 23, 2013). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". The Quietus. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Wright, Lisa (January 18, 2013). "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen". NME. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2012-10-04). "Foxygen: "Shuggie"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  12. ^ Powell, Mike (2013-01-09). "Foxygen: "No Destruction"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Foxygen - a music video 8 years in the making... - Facebook". 
  14. ^ Christian, Taylor. "90FM Album Review: Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic". The Pointer, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  15. ^ Trunick, Austin (2013-01-18). "Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)". Under The Radar (#44, Best of 2012). Retrieved 2013-04-27. 

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