Torches - Foster the People
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Universal acclaim- based on 122 Ratings

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  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    89
    While hit single and opener "Helena Beat" suggests that Foster the People has mastered the sunny-but-bitter concoction, "Waste" and "I Would Do Anything for You" provide a sweet balance on the palate.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    Foster The People make infectiously good music, don't stick to a formula and make you yearn to lie on your back in the middle of a field, feeling the hot sun streaming down on your face.
  3. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    LA-based trio unveil their schizo-pop blend. [Aug. 2011, p. 119]
  4. May 23, 2011
    63
    Much of Torches doesn't aim much higher than being a fizzy soundtrack for windows-down elbow tans. Which is fine, but for all his ease at getting attention, hopefully Foster will want to command it more thoroughly.
  5. Dec 19, 2011
    60
    Burning with a hot track intensity somewhere in between early evening rave-up and late-night club afterglow, Torches is a beacon of melodic dance-pop love.
  6. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    The first half of Torches is its collective zenith, and although things pick up towards the end of the album by the strategically placed 'Pumped Up Kicks', you can't shake the feeling that Foster has simply stretched the party vibe over as many songs as he can before the momentum runs out.
  7. Regardless, even the harshest of words are unlikely to stop this album from being a success. And that, well, is kind of depressing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    when i heard "pumped up kicks" i liked the song yet when it hit mainstream status the song got really annoying and i felt Foster The People was a one hit wonder band, and.... I WAS WRONG! the album, is fantastic! and its kind of a shame that some of the BEST songs aren't even on the ORIGINAL album. many people heard pumped up kicks and thought that was the best song, NO! it is not, its their most popular but best? not even close. i loved the album, the songs are catchy, and really well done. its safe too say most of these songs are about love. KEY TRACKS: "Call it what you want", "Waste", "Helena Beat", "Don't Stop", "Houdini", "i would do anything for you" EXTRA KEY TRACKS (NOT ON ORIGINAL ALBUM): "Love", "Broken Jaw" NOTE!!! Broken Jaw in MY OPINION is THEIR best song, seriously listen to this one.... Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2011
    10
    that onethirtybpm review is awful. its all empty posturing because this album isn't 'tasteful' or legit or real enough because foster used to work for the man writing jingles.

    the truth is this album is solid, the whole album, no filler, and i keep hearing complaints about no substance, who the f*ck listens to pop for lyrical substance? this album has hooks for days, its a real mindworm, f#ck the haters
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  3. Jun 9, 2013
    10
    Fabulous debut album by Foster the People. Contains very catchy songs with well written lyrics, unique (and good) vocals from Foster himself, good tunes and well played instruments from Fink (bass) and Pontius (drums/ percussion). The whole album is a great and unique experience. Was definitely worth the money. Would recommend to anyone who likes good indie/alternative music. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2012
    8
    Excellently crafted album. Lyrically clever, catchy and punchy. Highly recommended to those who enjoy alternative pop...if there is such a genre.....
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    8
    I found many artists and groups thanks to FIFA and I think that Foster the People is one of the best. "Call it what you want" is one of my favourite songs. Lyrically this album isn't one of the best but the songs are very catchy. This is a good debut album and I'm looking forward to the next one. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2013
    7
    I will never understand why pumped up kicks was the only song of this album to attain any sort of popular status. Houdini and call it what you want in particular were brilliant and I felt they were much more well done than pumped up kicks. See for yourself and you may find something awesome Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    4
    The debut album by Foster the People is being advertised as â

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