Verdict: 2 / 5
The Indie/alternative/electronic pop was such an interesting and refreshing rest from the constant EDM the radios were playing all the time and to hear this experimental music come in was great. Despite my absolute love of bands like Imagine Dragons and Passion Pit I was never a big Foster the People fan. Despite the massive success of “Pumped up Kicks” and how famous it became in the world of cover songs, I personally couldn’t hear too much of a difference between them and artists like MGNT and Empire of the Sun. And unfortunately for FTP, they were the bottom set of these in my mind.
Front man Mark Foster aimed to show another more experimental side with this new album and he was heard to be said that he wanted to show more of what he is hearing in his head. It’s interesting, to say the least. Let’s start saying that lyrically this album is clearly a form of commentary on Pop culture and the mind-set people live in. Even the title displays that this album challenges our obsession with image and being the centre of attention. I guess Mark is wanting to share his philosophical ideas with us, or to question ours with song titles like “Are You What You Want to Be?” and “The Truth”.
There is great musical diversity in the album. Its clear that FTP have tried to branch out from a purely electronic sound to include many more ethnic sounds as well. It’s great to have and adds extra flavour to the album, but only for the first few tracks. Eventually I got tired of trying to find the new interesting thing and not hearing a common musical thread. Also, I’m not a big fan of all the ‘nananas’ and ‘ooing’ happening; More specifically the Beach Boys vibe. There are a few radio singles to be taken off this album, but in its entirety it’s not that entertaining.