11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Foster the People have touches of California sunbaked pop in their repertoire, but there’s also a dark Euro-disco groove lurking under the hooks of “Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls)” and the thick, goth-like wash of “Waste.” Singer Mark Foster plays and programs enough keyboards to give the songs a grand entrance, while other members contribute to the production to jazz up and space out tracks like “Miss You” and “Life On the Nickel.” “Warrant” works under an ambient haze. “Houdini” charges with an unforgiving groove, squeaky synths and a falsetto that reaches back to the ‘70s disco era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Foster the People have touches of California sunbaked pop in their repertoire, but there’s also a dark Euro-disco groove lurking under the hooks of “Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls)” and the thick, goth-like wash of “Waste.” Singer Mark Foster plays and programs enough keyboards to give the songs a grand entrance, while other members contribute to the production to jazz up and space out tracks like “Miss You” and “Life On the Nickel.” “Warrant” works under an ambient haze. “Houdini” charges with an unforgiving groove, squeaky synths and a falsetto that reaches back to the ‘70s disco era.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

alwaysattract! ,

The best album I've ever heard

It is truly rare for such a pitch perfect selection of songs to come along on one album, this is an absolute must own for all fans of electronic/ indie pop music or fans of music in general. Torches has a song for absolutely everyone, the beats range from fast paced and energetic, to beautifully composed indie pop anthems. The lyrics are thought provoking and meaningful and open to different interpretations and will more than appeal to those just wanting to hear a great story. The album artwork also deserves a ton of credit, the album art is unique and sums up the essence of Torches brilliantly, it will forever be commonly associated with Foster the People. To say this is the best album I've heard in years would be an understatement, to say this is among the best indie pop albums ever released would be an understatement, simply put (MY OPINION ONLY) this the greatest album that I have ever heard, if you don't already own Torches then do yourself a big favour and get it bought. Sheer brilliance by Mark Foster and Co. 10/10.

shacklemariner ,

Torches

From a bygone age of the 60's music, what a breath of fresh air "Foster the People" were last night at Glastonbury. Well done lads and good luck for the future, well deserved.

Jonfriend ,

Torches

Torches is the debut album from Californian indie-electro band Foster The People.

1. Helena Beat

Catchy, dubstep beat, with a very memorable chorus.

9.5/10

2. Pumped Up Kicks

Easily their most popular song, it has an infectious bass, and a catchy chorus too.

9.5/10

3. Call It What You Want

This song is a favourite one of mine, with its chorus and ridiculously catchy bridge too.

10/10

4. Don't Stop

Heard this first on a car advert. I love both the don't stop don't stop talking to me part, and the whistling bit. Both are equally classy, easy going and catchy.

10/10

5. Waste

Less catchy than the others, more deep and serious. I like the chorus a lot. It just didn't stay with me like the others did.

9/10

6. I Would Do Anything For You

My favourite. It always puts me in a good mood, and makes me wanna dance. The ooh la la chorus is amazing, and the verses are poetic too.

10/10

7. Houdini

Another definite fave. The verses are some of the best lyrics on the album ; eye for an eye, but and f for fight' The electro whirrey riff is great too.

10/10

8. Life On The nickel

Another catchy one, the lyrics are deeper compared to the rest of the album ; " The worlds got nothing for me" . The end part of the chorus is great.

9.5/10

9. Miss You

When you first hear this song, you'll find The verses are decent, quite upbeat and bouncy, whereas the chorus is toned down, sad, and ballad esque. If the whole song was like the chorus, it would be my favourite. The verses are quite predictable, and don't work well with such a abnormal chorus.

9.5/10

10. Warrant

Reasonably catchy, but nothing special. The minute of choir singing is pointless, and by the time the actual song comes around, ( 2 mins!) you are quite bored. It's still a decent song, just suffers in comparison to the rest of the album.

Overall, this album is one of the best I've heard in a while. I. Not usually a fan of electro music, but here, it works well wi the catchy beats.

1. I Would Do Anything For You
2. Don't Stop
3. Call It What You Want
4. Houdini
5. Pumped Up Kicks
6. Helena Beat
7. Miss You
8. Life on The Nickel
9. Waste
10. Warrant

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