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.