Review: Beirut, ‘The Rip Tide’

Review: Beirut, ‘The Rip Tide’: Aidin Vaziri | For Beirut’s first full-length album in four years, songwriter Zach Condon, above, wanted to keep things simple. Although simplicity is relative for a 25-year-old musician from New Mexico known for stuffing his swooning indie folk songs with funeral mariachi horns, French chansons and Eastern European rhythms. If anything, in “The Rip Tide,” Condon sounds more self-aware, toning down the far-reaching vision of his outfit’s breakthrough album, 2006’s “Gulag Orkestar,” in favor of inward-looking numbers such as the mournful “Payne’s Bay” and low-key “Port of Call.” In the anxious “Vagabond,” he sings, “As the air goes cold/ The trees unfold/ And I am lost.” But growing up doesn’t mean getting old, and Condon still manages to conjure his magic through finely detailed songs and lovely poetry, even when it feels as if all he wants is a good hug.

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