Supermodel - Foster the People
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the indie pop band led by Mark Foster was produced by Paul Epworth.
  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    The sound they've fashioned is glossy and supersaturated while still exhibiting the subversive impulse that yielded the supremely catchy but subtly sinister smash "Pumped Up Kicks." [Apr 2014, p.74]
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    Forward isn’t always better. But for Foster the People, on Supermodel, it was the right direction.
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    Hook-laced in all the right places, melodic, rhythmic, intelligent, addictive and slightly quirky: they don’t skimp on any of the ingredients here.
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    60
    Although Supermodel is derivative, it’s more often inventively imitative, rather than devolving into out-and-out mimicry.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    The crux is the album’s smothering, reverb-heavy, more-is-more production style, which smooths over some of the off-kilter quirks that made Torches’ sprawl so alluring.
  6. Mar 24, 2014
    40
    This is an album that suffers from having altogether too much surface and not nearly enough substance.
  7. Mar 12, 2014
    20
    Umpteen attempts at serious lyrics topple this album right off the runway. [Apr 2014, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    It saddens me that modern music criticism has descended to complaining about an album because it doesn't have a "hit" song on it. I'd rather have an album's worth of very good songs than one that has one or two great ones surrounded by mediocrity. This is one of the more consistently engaging, challenging and downright breathtaking albums to come along in some time. Torches was awesome, but this is in a different league entirely.

    Foster's rejection of moral relativism, and their search for ultimate truth and meaning in an American culture that devalues the very idea of absolutes, is frankly inspiring. I love it when artists I admire decide that their message is even more important than their popularity. I have no doubt this album will be deeply divisive, even for people who loved Torches, but I really don't think the band cares. It's not for everyone, and that's fine. But those that listen to it and understand it will find themselves challenged to be and do better. In that way, Supermodel makes up for a million frivolous pop songs.
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  2. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    best album ever!!!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless!coming of age is flawless! Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    This album is incredible and so much more mature than "Torches." That's not to say that I don't like the previous album, because I did but this album is just really flawless even in it's flaws, which makes it that much more beautiful. Here's my track by track rating:

    Are You What You Want to Be? 9/10
    - This is a pretty cool opener where you can hear the influences of Morocco and Foster's world journey. The only complaint is I feel that it's a tad bit too long to really enjoy.

    Ask Yourself 10/10
    - This song sounds like a mash up between psychedelic rock and 90's alternative, which you would never think could work but this song is really incredible.

    Coming of Age 7/10
    - As much as I enjoy this 80's influenced and super-synthetic driven song, I find that it can get on my nerves sometimes when it comes to chorus. I can't really explain it, but this song has, in my opinion, the lowest replay value.

    Nevermind 9/10
    - This is a really cool song with an amazing structure and the chorus is very catchy. It's very dark sounding and spacey. It's very similar at times, especially the verses, to the sounds off of Portugal. The Man's "Evil Friends."

    Pseudologia Fantastica 10/10
    - This was my favorite song in my entire music library for the past month or so and rightfully so. It feels like Foster the People, MGMT, Portugal. The Man, and a few bands from the 80's came together and this was the product of an incredible mixture. The psychedelic sounds driving the verses and choruses are incredible and that really cool and left-field piano bridge gets me every time.

    The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones 7/10
    - It's hard to really give this a rating and by itself this is a 10/10 but its placement is awkward in the album and I really wish they made it one continuous mix between Pseudologia Fantastica, This, and Best Friend.

    Best Friend 10/10
    - If this isn't the summer jam for 2014 then I don't know what is. Best song of 2014 so far hands down.

    A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon 10/10
    - A really deep and different song for FTP, but I feel that it works beautifully on this album, which is very conceptually drive on the ideas of capitalism and affluence in celebrities. This song could really speak to our society and the music itself is really incredible. The piano chorus/bridge parts are pretty awesome.

    Goats in Trees 9/10
    - This song is a very interesting one and you have to hand it to Foster for delving into different vocal ranges. This slow tune really makes you feel introspective.

    The Truth 10/10
    - It's all in the title for this one. It sounds like a really interesting 80's song for the verses and then the chorus blasts in and I feel like I'm on some journey back in time.

    Fire Escape 10/10
    - If I could give this an 11/10 I would, but that wouldn't be too fair for the other songs and my rating system. Very simple yet beautiful acoustic guitar drives this song musically and the vocal mixing and recording choices are very different than the rest of the album, but it really fits to end the regular version of this album with incredibly deep lyrics.

    Tabloid Super Junkie 10/10
    - If you didn't pre-order this album than you are really missing out on a pretty cool track. Very synthy and sounds like the good music from the 80's

    Altogether, this album averages out to a 9.25, but with a weighting system based off of track lengths, my modified score for this album is a 9.6 which rounds to a 10.
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  4. Mar 18, 2014
    7
    With their second studio album Supermodel, Foster the People make incredible efforts, but the ultimate result just marginally meets expectations. The lyrics aren't always as clever and pungent as the band thinks they are, and the tracks tend to wander off, sometimes into nothingness, before snapping themselves back into reality. This could be due in great part to the somewhat homogenous sound that arises in most of the album. However, tracks like "Pseudologia Fantastica" and "Best Friend" occasionally exhibit clear signs of musical genius and cognitive brilliance. Thus, Foster the People reminds us that their departure from the Torches sound was indeed for the better (and had the potential to be absolutely fantastic). Despite the growing electronic biosphere that is engulfing indie pop/rock music, the band still manages to handle synthetic sounds with a grain of salt - allowing the widely eclectic instrumental arrangements to shine. Slowly but surely, Mark Foster's creative image will become clear as his works progressively mature. Consider this a transition album, and you'll be more than happy.

    FINAL SCORE: 72.5 (pretty good -----o--------------- great)
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  5. Apr 25, 2014
    6
    I'm not thrilled at all with their anti-capitalist message but there are some good songs on this album. Fire Escape is by far the best; however, it can be easily found boring if you don't like this kind of music. Goats in Trees and the three singles (Coming of Age, Psuedologica Fantastica, Best Friend) are also very nice. However, the message of the album still leaves me uneasy Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    6
    Here’s a perfect example of a band that has hit the Sophomore Jinx hard! This album feels very rushed and musically it is all over the place when compared to their first. That being said, there are some fantastic tracks on here. Some that sound like they could have been part of “Torches Part 2” and others that could have been made by a completely different band or bands. I get it that they want to branch out and show their diversity… however, some of their experiments just don’t work. I really hope that they bounce back from this and offer up something more sustainable for their 3rd recording. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2014
    0
    None of these songs are catchy. There are no potential hit singles in this bunch. I am afraid this group is going to turn out to be a one-hit wonder.

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