Foster The People:
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on June 23rd, 2011 at 5:07p.m.
I really wish I'd heard of this group sooner. They're exactly the kind of thing I love to just put on and listen to all the way through without interruption. Foster The People are one of those bands who like echoey vocals and light airy sounds to their songs. I wouldn't go as far as to say that they're complete pop, but there is quite a big element of it in their music. I'd probably group them in the same category as Friendly Fires, Passion Pit and maybe even MGMT (although they have a very distinct sound of their own).
My gateway track to this album was Pumped Up Kicks, which I've been hearing more and more of lately. It's a supremely laid back (sort of) pop-rock sounding melody which just seems to flow along effortlessly. Pumped Up Kicks would probably be quite a good accompaniment to a barbecue in the background music department.
Other highlight tracks for me include Don't Stop (Color The Walls) (sounds a bit like Passion Pit — not a bad thing in my opinion), Houdini (a bit more synthy) and Life on a Nickel.
There's an air of happiness about the album. While it does sound fairly laid back, and chilled, it's not depressing in the slightest. The songs aren't too slow or too fast, and don't swing wildly about throughout the album as a whole — there's a nice flow to the whole thing. It's definitely not in your face with it's cheerfulness, but that's a good thing.
It's a pretty average length album, weighing in at 10 songs (about 38 minutes). Any longer and I suspect that the quality would begin to suffer. As it is, it's perfect length for a commute. I know it's going to be getting many more play counts on my iTunes.