Foster the People – Supermodel

Foster the People had what was probably the song of the year in 2011 with their massive hipster hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. Now the pressure is on as the eyes and ears of the music world are on the band to see what they do for a follow up. Lead singer Marc Foster writes lyric that would slot him into the cheeky monkey category meaning that he surrounds dark lyrics with peppy pop music. This continues on Supermodel which sees the band play things safe. Maybe succumbing to the pressure of expectations the band replicates things and music stylings that have worked for others in the past. In an album that starts off up tempo and then halfway through slows down with songs that all begin to sound very similar, Foster the People at times on different songs sound like David Bowie and Talking Heads circa the eighties, Radiohead, Flaming Lips and even Bon Iver. Points taken away for a lack of originality. They don’t seem to know where they are going and maybe should take some time away to figure that out.

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