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Foster the People bandleader Mark Foster has a natural gift for breezy hooks and the group's second full-length, Supermodel, is loaded with stylish, instantly familiar melodies. The band adopts polyglot pop influences from around the globe—including on the blazing opener, “Are You What You Want to Be,” which begins with a line about hearing djembe on the Champs-Élysées. From there, the energy of Supermodel never wanes. Driven by a handclapping backbeat, “Ask Yourself” bounces along with acoustic guitar and spacy synths, while “Coming of Age” is driven by half-stack guitar distortion and sunny optimism.

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Coming of A(mazing)!

If “Coming Of Age” is any indicator of how great Supermodel will be (I’m positive it is), than this will definitely be one of the albums of the year! Can’t wait!!

New evolved, edgier sound.

Don't let "Coming of Age" lead you to believe that Supermodel will be just like Torches. Having seen them live 4 days ago in a very intimate and secret show in Portland, Oregon, I got to hear the new album and I can tell you it is much more edgier than expected. If you were hoping for an album full of whimsical sounds and fun melodies (Color on the Walls, Helena Beat) then you will be slightly set back; however if your mind is set on the idea of progression and "what will the sophomore album sound like" then you will be happily surprised by the new elevated and edgier sound FTP is delivering in Supermodel.
Dark elements are delivered by electric guitars and bass which are lifted and complemented by perfect range backup female vocals and spot on piano melodies as well as background electro and ambient like sounds.

So yes, although Supermodel may deliver a new, edgier and more elevated sound that will have listeners guessing "who plays that song?" As singles are released, you will notice that
the one element which remains the same throughout the new album are the beautiful, descriptive, story-telling, and full of life lyrics that defined Foster the People in Torches and will continue to do so with their new sound in Supermodel.

Fan of Torches more than Foster the People?

If you loved the album Torches and was expecting a sequel…more of the will be disappointed. Supermodel is a good album in its own right, and it may pick up a new fan base with its world music vibe, but Foster may also lose some of its preexisting fan base.

I say this because their first album was filled to the brim with instant hooks. It was easy to fall in love with Torches. With exception to “Coming of Age”, Supermodel ditches the hooks in favor of experimentation, cross-pollination of world music meets rock and pop, all of which serving as a background to self-reflective, dark lyrics which seem to be the priority.

If you are a Foster the People fan, Supermodel will be the proving grounds. Will you have the patience to replay songs that aren’t immediately catchy in the hopes of finding the magic hidden beneath? These days, I believe that bands have a harder time taking chances such as this, since consumers can select individual songs or easily move on from something they don’t like, instantly finding something that satisfies their needs. Back when I was buying CDs (and even tapes, I’m 35), I had my favorite bands, purchased their new albums and had to invest time in to whatever direction they were taking me in.

My best example at the moment was Faith no More when they released Angel Dust. For the few out their that know what I’m talking about, that album was an extreme change from their previous release, and at first I was completely turned off. However, I made my investment and decided to continue listening, even when I thought the songs were terrible. Well…it took awhile, but Angel Dust remains to be most favorite album of all time.

So back to Supermodel…is this an album that will stand the test of time? Did it sacrifice radio market appeal for a grander, later to be discovered masterpiece? It’s hard to tell right now for me since I feel like this wasn’t the meal I ordered, and am forced to try something new…something I wouldn’t have normally bought. I can swallow it for now, but I don’t know if I’ll be ordering it again…you know what I mean?

I hope this helps. I think Supermodel is a creative and daring release, but only time will tell if it moves the band forward or takes them back a step or two. I will say however that Torches in my opinion was the album of the decade for me, and those are huge shoes to fill. My advice is that if you buy this, keep your expectations in check because THIS AIN’T TORCHES! This is Foster the People and they clearly like to try new things for better or worse.


Formed: 2009 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trio Foster the People make melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop. Foster initially began the project alone, but before long he added long-term friend Cubbie Fink on bass and drummer Mark Pontius to complete the lineup. The following year, their single "Pumped Up Kicks" was posted on their website, picking up considerable buzz online and significant airplay on KROQ, alongside packed performances...
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