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Sleeping with a Friend
All my friends, they're different people Anxious like the ocean in a storm When we go out, yeah, we're electric Coursing through our bodies 'til... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 83
    Nothing here is as relentlessly hooky as 2012's "Everybody Talks," but its bubbly propulsion informs the cheeky "I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)" and swooning "Teenager in Love." That mix of energy and insight makes Psychology a 40-minute master class in the kind of pop that moves both the body and the brain.
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    80
    Even if Neon Trees sometimes try a little too hard to be serious on Pop Psychology, it's some of their most heartfelt music and some of their finest.
  3. Alternative Press
    Apr 21, 2014
    70
    A slick, synthed-up, unabashed party. [May 2014, p.92]
  4. Apr 22, 2014
    60
    Pop Psychology opens with the biggest, shiniest songs he's come up with, each taking on a slippery aspect of post-modern romance.
  5. Apr 21, 2014
    50
    If [a band] goes back to the well once too often, it can be derided for stagnating. If it takes a left turn, fans may bemoan the change of pace. Neon Trees, the Utah band behind the unavoidable “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” seem to have split the difference on their third effort.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 11, 2014
    40
    While Glenn gamely belts out every song like it's a Broadway audition, his band's appeal remains some distance short of universal. [Aug 2014, p.111]
  7. Magnet
    Apr 21, 2014
    20
    It's the sort of record today's 15-year-olds are going to feel embarrassed about owning five or six years from now. [No. 108, p.56]
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 4, 2014
    7
    I enjoyed a lot this album. The pop isn't that great but isn't that worse. Is the first time that I heard them and won't be the last one. =)I enjoyed a lot this album. The pop isn't that great but isn't that worse. Is the first time that I heard them and won't be the last one. =) "Unavoidable" is the best for me. Expand
  2. Jul 23, 2014
    7
    What's the most impressive about Pop Psychology is the fact it's coming from a dark place (genius frontman Tyler Glenn's personal struggles)What's the most impressive about Pop Psychology is the fact it's coming from a dark place (genius frontman Tyler Glenn's personal struggles) but still manages to sound the most colorful the band has ever sounded. With lyrical gems and Neon Trees' signature retro-ish quirkiness throughout, it's one damn fine record. Standouts include the hit single 'Sleeping With The Friend', as well as 'Voices in the Halls', 'Foolish Behavior' and 'Living In Another World'. Expand
  3. May 5, 2014
    6
    Went into this album thinking I'd be the same old Neon Trees album that we'd come to expect but was very s hocked by tracks like "Unavoidable"Went into this album thinking I'd be the same old Neon Trees album that we'd come to expect but was very s hocked by tracks like "Unavoidable" and "First Things First". I probably wouldn't spend money on the album though, thank god for Spotify! Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    6
    Coming from a big fan of their first 2 albums, Pop Psychology has a fair amount of highlights, to me but lacks the consistent quality of theirComing from a big fan of their first 2 albums, Pop Psychology has a fair amount of highlights, to me but lacks the consistent quality of their past work. The more introspective stuff can get cliche a lot of the time, and the straight-up 80's synth-pop songs lack any real life. This album really works best when they keep that sense of wit & tightness that made them such a force of personality in the pop world in the first place. Not a good starting point but worth your time if you're already a fan of their other stuff.

    (For my more in-depth review, look up "Spin It Reviews" on YouTube.)
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