Foster The People's New Album Supermodel Is the Perfect Amount of Groovy (review)
Fans and critics have one major complaint about Foster The People's most recent effort, Supermodel. It's not the same as their debut album, Torches. To this, I say the following three statements.
- Obviously this new album does not match the success of Torches. The band's first album knocked it so far out of the park that anything after will always come second best.
- It may not be as amazing as Torches, but it's still a really rad album.
- Open your mind to a fresh take, on what is really the same thing.
Let's start with the fact that every track has a little something different to offer us. At times I had to remind myself I was listening to Foster The People not MGMT, but other than that I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity and varying tempos from song-to-song.
Taking tracks "Best Friend" and "Pseudologia Fantastica" for a spin will prove to you that the roots of Torches still exists within Supermodel. This vibe remains prominent throughout as the onset of funky melodies and exaggerated synths bring back to the life exactly what we missed the most from Foster The People.
There has been much talk that this highly anticipated release has missed the mark. Or, that the band is trying too hard to out-beat past praise and success. Those comments are considerably unfair. It is becoming more and more common for an artist to be met with harsh criticism every time they attempt to change up their sound, even slightly. Based on others reviews, Foster The People are receving that same fate.
As we get into "The Truth" and "Fire Escape", the mood transitions over to something far more responsive. The tempos slow down entirely, and the lyrics run softly and beautifully allowing the listener to really appreciate what they are hearing.
What we are experiencing with this album is a new side of the band, an exploration if you will of folk and alternative rock that provides new and old fans alike with a renewed list of reasons to love Foster The People.
The group hits up Coachella this year on April 12th and 19th. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones following the festival circuit this Spring and Summer, trust that the tracks from Supermodel are an immediate match made in concert heaven.