Review Summary: A mosaic of raw instrumentation and cool effects. I recommend everyone listen to this album before they decide whether or not they like this group or not. The day after I heard this album....I bought it on a LP. :P I hope anyne who listens to this album e0 of 4 thought this review was well written
I've come along many people who I questioned and said, "Say, have you heard that new song by a group called Foster the People? The song is called 'Pumped Up Kicks', heard of it?"A great amount of people had said 'yes' and more people who said, "Yes, I love that song!" When people say that words spread quickly, they truly do. Foster the People really live up to their name, which was in fact, and accident of public mishearing(they were originally called Foster & the People, but the people that listened to them mistakenly called them 'Foster the People' and the name stuck).
While Foster the People may have made a smash with their song 'Pumped Up Kicks', they made an album that exemplified that hit. They made a modern focus album, with some quirks of pure genius. From the eerie intro of the last rack 'Warrant' to the upbeat poppy promo song of 'Helena Beat', this album has made a mark. It has a perfect balance of synthesized melody, however it contains raw percussion and instrumentation.
The album gets a breezy start with the promo song 'Helena Beat'. It can be described as a breezy and catchy melody. It can be heard fading out until the ground-breaking intro to 'Pumped Up Kicks'. It tells tales of a ''bad boy'' kid that smokes and is coming for you. Then the line before he goes into the iconic chorus, he yells, ''Your hairs on fire.'' Afterward, he says the chorus that probably got this song on the charts.
Another outstanding song is 'Houdini', with the deep backbeat on the drum, piano and synthesizer effects, and mystique vocals. It's a good choise for a promo song if you ask me. Some of the songs have cool names, for instance 'Life on the Nickel'. The lyrics are just as remarkable on this album on this album as much as the instruments backing. 'Call it What You Want' has great lyrical base as well as instrumentation. 'I Would Do Anythiing for You' and 'Warrant' have a eerie and almost psychedelic intro, echoing the Cars and adding atmosphere to the whole beginning and end of the B side. I enjoyed the album a whole lot. There are other albums that it are similar to it, but nothing of this age. The day after I heard the album on the computer....I went to the record store and bought it on LP. I truly enjoyed this album and Foster the People, and I hope to see that they come out with another album.