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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the indie pop band led by Mark Foster was produced by Paul Epworth.
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  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
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Best Friend
When your best friend's all strung out You'll do everything you can 'Cause you're never gonna let it get 'em down (When you find it all around) Yeah,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Uncut
    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. Alternative Press
    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: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. 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 isbest 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
  2. Apr 3, 2014
    10
    Foster the People comes back two years later after there first debut with this. There overall sound is different, straying away from theFoster the People comes back two years later after there first debut with this. There overall sound is different, straying away from the darker "Torches." "Supermodel" has great sound with a deeper meaning that some listeners might miss for just some random guy singing in a kick ass falsetto. This album beats "Torches" by a long shot. 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 butThis 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. Oct 7, 2014
    8
    Frankly, 'Supermodel' by Foster The People is by far a more engaging recording.The electro-pop flourishes mixed with the clever lyrics makeFrankly, 'Supermodel' by Foster The People is by far a more engaging recording.The electro-pop flourishes mixed with the clever lyrics make for an enjoyable listen from start to finish. All Music's Mark Collar raises a remarkably valid point in that this CD is by far less claustrophobic sounding than its predecessor. That undoubtedly is what caught my attention and finds me regularly spinning the CD! Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2014
    6
    Unfortunately I'm going to have to give this a somewhat tepid review. The album starts strong and peters out towards the end. The only standUnfortunately I'm going to have to give this a somewhat tepid review. The album starts strong and peters out towards the end. The only stand out track in the 2nd half is Best Friend and I'm not a particularly big fan of Pseudologia Fantastica either. Torches was hit after hit -- extremely listenable throughout. Even the two bonus tracks were absolutely fantastic. This one cannot even come close to claiming that. Very unfortunate. 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 placeHere’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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