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Picture Show

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2012 sophomore album from the Provo, Utah-based Alt-Rock band. The follow-up to the album Habits, Picture Show features the single 'Everybody Talks'. Like their name, Neon Trees are a combination of slick pop hooks and sturdy organic rock, both melodic and hard-hitting, their anthems of adolescent angst, longing, love lost and found, delivered with the kind of heart-on-the-sleeve passion that only comes from hard work and commitment.


1. Moving In The Dark
2. Teenage Sounds
3. Everybody Talks
4. Mad Love
5. Weekend
6. Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)
7. Trust
8. Close To You
9. Hooray For Hollywood
10. Still Young
11. I Am The D.J.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0074LIRB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TomKat on May 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Neon Trees' first album, Habits, is terrific from top to bottom; it's only shortcoming is its scant number of tracks. If you liked Habits absolutely get Picture Show Deluxe Edition. It is an embarrassment of riches with 14 songs.

Overall song quality: Almost every song on the album is good to outstanding, including and especially the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition. Getting the regular version of the album and missing out on three gems would be foolish. No need to write a discourse on each song. They are all different and terrific*.

Musical Style: The arrangements are more layered and complicated than the crisp, clean songs on Habits. I don't necessarily prefer one style over the other but it is the most significant difference between the two albums. Listen to them back to back and it's striking.

As they did on Habits, they pulled off an amazing creative feat by capturing the essence of the 1980's alternative rock style ("modern rock" in 1980's parlance) without just being a rip off. Some will disparagingly say they're "derivative" but I say they have continued to develop a musical style that was abandoned too soon. Sure you can hear shades of Depeche Mode, early U2, Duran Duran, Erasure, etc but honestly I like Neon Trees' songs better than most of the material from the era. NT songs are simply constructed better than a lot of the inspired material, from writing to arranging to production. That's what is supposed to happen in any discipline whether it's academia, athletics or the arts - you build on what your predecessors did.

Slam dunk five star album.

*My only critiques: the first single, Everybody Talks is perfectly fine but feels like the obligatory follow up to Animal, just not quite as good.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on April 18, 2012
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I've been a fan of Neon Trees since their freshman release of Habits, the poppy album that got them attention, especially with the single "Animals".
While Picture Show does by no means drift from their Indie Rock sound, Picture Show does provides some very interesting views into the band's influences and experimentation. Bass riffs/solos are amidst every song on this album--a welcome feature of the indie rock genre--along with Tyler Glenn's powerful vocals. I by no means was let down by this album, but honestly, if you are expecting a similar album to Habits, stick with a few songs from this CD, such as "Everybody Talks", "Mad Love", "Lessons in Love", and possibly "Weekend". If you are a little adventurous into the band's sound, check out the rest of the album, especially the deluxe edition. The bonus songs are a must have for this album. I cannot wait for their third album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JudyC on September 6, 2012
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I love this CD! I'm not your usual Neon Trees fan; I'm a grandma (although not typical). I like discovering new (to me) bands. Looking forward to more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Court41333 on September 28, 2013
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A very happy and upbeat album with awesome beats. Very talented band with amazing voices. Can't wait for more albums from Neon Trees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Olson on July 2, 2013
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I rarely review records on Amazon, but if this review leads just one person to discover Picture Show, it will have been worth it. My preferred genres of music are alternative and pop, and it's becoming more and more difficult to find artists that hit that sweet spot right in the middle of the two. But Neon Trees does it brilliantly, and Picture Show is even better than their solid debut, Habits. Nearly every song here hits its mark (the mediocre Hooray For Hollywood being the one exception), leaving an indelible mark on the listener that demands he or she listen again. And again. I've been spinning this thing non-stop since it came out and I imagine that won't stop anytime soon.

This is one of those rare cases in which the deluxe version is worth seeking out, and newer versions include a pretty stellar cover of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me." If you like alternative music but aren't afraid of a good hook, or are a pop fan looking for something more, this is your album. Despite their considerable success, I can't fathom why Neon Trees isn't the biggest band in the world yet. But they will be.

Highlights:
Moving In The Dark
Weekend
Lessons In Love
Close To You
Still Young
I Am The DJ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marissa on March 3, 2015
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Picture Show is easily my favorite from Neon Trees. It ranges anywhere from hyper slightly punky to intimate, with some nice inbetweener pop rockers, and fun dance tunes. Though a little all over the place, it's this variety that makes me think they really hit the mark and show that they are much more talented than given credit for. Even what was probably supposed to be filler was incredibly enjoyable and I never found myself skipping a track. It was also actually worth getting the deluxe edition as they give you a few more decent tracks that should've made the cut (Show is one of my faves) and a pretty satisfying cover of Don't You Want Me. All in all, I would recommend this album to anyone who likes a little new wave tinged pop/dance/radio rock in their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Swizzle Malarkey on May 6, 2013
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It was impossible to to know just how good this album was gonna be from their radio songs. I was aware of "Animal" from their last album, and "Everybody Talks" from Picture Show; I liked those songs, but it wasn't enough to make me interested in the rest of their catalog. I bought this on a whim and it blew me away. "Everybody Talks" might be the worst song on this album, and as I said I like that song. It reminds me of The Killers' Hot Fuss; not that it really sounds like The Killers, but in the way that this is a very well-done alternative/pop album where every song sounds great.
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