Neon Trees – Pop Psychology (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 461 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Source: HDTracks
Neon Trees new album Pop Psychology is an upbeat collection of sleek, modern alternative pop songs powered by singer-songwriter Tyler Glenn’s bright melodies, huge choruses, and witty lyrics about the challenges of finding love in the digital age. With disarming honesty, songs like ”Love In the 21st Century,” “Text Me In The Morning,” “I Love You, But I Hate Your Friends,” and first single “Sleeping With A Friend” cleverly capture the millennial concerns referenced in the titles and deliver them in impeccably shiny sonic packages, thanks to the band’s performances and production by Glenn’s long-time friend and songwriting collaborator Tim Pagnotta.
During the time between Neon Trees’ 2012 album Picture Show and Pop Psychology, frontman Tyler Glenn went through some big changes, including seeking therapy and coming out as a gay man. It’s not surprising, then, that the band’s third album is also its most confessional, but Glenn and company still manage to have fun with their emotional crises. The album’s song titles read like advice column headlines, and the name Pop Psychology itself is a clever and accurate manifesto: for Neon Trees, the therapeutic value of dancing on your troubles to the perfect pop song always comes first, even when Glenn is pouring his heart out. Fortunately, there’s nothing boring about the inevitability of the verse-chorus-verse format when it’s as satisfying as Pop Psychology is at its best. “Love in the 21st Century” kicks off the album with the kind of unabashedly catchy fare fans expect, with Glenn sounding equal parts bold and uncertain as he sings about “broken heart technology” over fizzy synths and handclaps. While Neon Trees have gradually tightened up their pop formula since Habits, their first hit, “Animal,” still remains the template for a lot of their music. It makes sense that they reunited with Habits producer Tim Pagnotta, who helps them double down on their new wave and synth pop obsessions and play to their strengths: Glenn’s brash yet sensitive vocals and their undeniable way with hooks. Lead single “Sleeping with a Friend”‘s breezy synths add ’80s soft rock leanings that also pop up on “Foolish Behavior” and the standout “Living in Another World”; while it’s not exactly the most expected direction for the band, it conveys the album’s sleekness and vulnerability well. There’s a similar tension in Pop Psychology’s lyrics, which cram in plenty of detail (“Unavoidable” compares a bad relationship to mixed feelings about L.A.; “Voices in the Halls” name-checks Heaven or Las Vegas) while still seeming universal. Knowing Glenn’s background gives an extra sting to “Teenager in Love” when he sings “I’m a fool with a curse and a crush,” yet “Text Me in the Morning”‘s boy-girl shenanigans are just as vivid. 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.
01 – Love In The 21st Century
02 – Text Me In The Morning
03 – Sleeping With A Friend
04 – Teenager In Love
05 – I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)
06 – Unavoidable
07 – Voices In The Halls
08 – Foolish Behavior
09 – Living In Another World
10 – First Things First