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Average User Score: 8.1Aug 18, 2011Cults is the epitome of good Indie Pop. The lilting vocals with the catchy instrumentation really hides the dark, somber lyrics from theCults is the epitome of good Indie Pop. The lilting vocals with the catchy instrumentation really hides the dark, somber lyrics from the listener. With so much doubt, not to mention quotes from various cult leaders, the contrast between lyric and music really hits home. "Go Outside" is an absolutely delightful track that got this band noticed, and the quote at the beginning the most intelligible and makes you wonder why it's paired with such happy music. It's because the music actually isn't happy at all, it's conflictive, doubtful, but trying it's hardest to be happy. "Most Wanted" definitely effuses innocence and curiosity, then at the end it becomes really destructive, making you wonder what happened to the girl who knew what she wanted was bad for her? It doesn't sound good. "Abducted", "Never Saw The Point", and "Never Heal Myself" are all other highlights of the album, and "Bumper" and "Rave On" are also fantastic songs. Oh Hell, the whole album is fantastic.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Jun 3, 2011Torches is a fantastic album, that although many of the tracks do not stand up to the songs on the EP, still has fantastic beats, choruses,Torches is a fantastic album, that although many of the tracks do not stand up to the songs on the EP, still has fantastic beats, choruses, and sound. Every tracks sounds good, with the exception of maybe Don't Stop and Warrant (which the critics seem to be a fan of, but I simply can't get into the Charlie Brown piano that clashes harshly with the electro beats and the subpar chorus) and even those sound at least decent. The album does have an issue with the lyrics, they frankly don't get any better than Pumped Up Kicks which is about a school shooting, but the sound is always at least pleasant.
Songs like Miss You, Helena Beat, and Life on the Nickel easily hold their own, and reach the same level as Pumped Up Kicks.
And yes, we get it, they sound like MGMT and Passion Pit, but those are both amazing bands, so why is that a bad thing? Every band sounds like another band honestly, and most of Foster the People's tracks are honestly too danceable to be compared to every MGMT song besides the singles off of Oracular Spectacular.
Foster the People also seems to lack a little substance, most because of the atrocious lyrics, but often because songs seem to blur together, especially in the middle of the album when it seems to establish an electric blur, each song sounding quite similar by then.
But over all Foster the People have a great sound, fantastic choruses, and most importantly, good music.… Expand