Album Review: Beirut
  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 02, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Beirut does very little to pull you in with The Rip Tide, the latest addition to Zach Condon's collection of worldly contemplations, nor does he need to. His reputation precedes him. Although nothing pops as immediately as the now-infamous riff from "Gulag Orkestar", and nothing seems too rooted in foreign territory like all of the March Of The Zapotec, Condon still concocts epic arrangements that breathe life into his poetic sentiments. The difference here is a subtler blend of outside influences, mixed with his early bedroom recordings, for a different equilibrium of song arcs, and more nuanced highs and lows.

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