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Pumped Up Kicks

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May 23, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Watched the group perform on Craig Ferguson on 7/15/11. 3 days later, I'm still waking up, with this song running through my head. Today, I finally gave in, and went to find the song.

It's super catchy. I just wish the version of them singing on the Craig Ferguson show were available, since I love the more raw sound of it. Luckily YouTube seems to have everything. LOL. It's worth the $1.29 to buy off Amazon. Not crazy about the rest of the album, but I'd definitely put down my money for this one.
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By clauclau on January 7, 2013
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I absolutely love this song. After hearing this song I got interested in the rest of their music, they are pretty darn good.
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I don't review songs often as their likability is nearly pure subjectivity, but I guess I'm in a mood. I first heard a brief snippet of the song as a piece of outro bumper music on the Michael Medved Show. It was the ~15 second whistling section. You know, the good part of the song. When I discovered the name of the song, I gave it a listen, but only after reading about Foster the People on wikipedia. That was a mistake. To summarize: A trio of excrable, self-important youth. I take comfort that life has a way of smoothing the edges and perhaps it will do so to them and me over time. The song itself is a catchy several notes of chorus wrapped up in some forgettable segments of filler and highly modulated voicework. If I can comfort anyone close to the band that reads this, the previous sentence describes an awful lot of music and the youth should not feel picked upon.

The Good: The whistling section alone is worth the purchase price. I would like to find an edit that has this portion on a three minute loop.

The Bad: This is actually the reason I wrote this review, as I take a certain perverse joy in criticizing others: The words of the chorus represent perhaps the biggest wasted opportunity in lyrical fun in a decade, all because the band wanted to say something. "All the other kids with their pumped up kicks..." so much promise, so little that follows. I invite the listener to replace the ellipsis with something other than the actual lyrics of the song.
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This song has an addictive beat and interesting sound. It is so good that you don't even realize you singing about a school shooting.
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The song is great. However, this is the second time I tried to download this to my iPhone without success. Every other song, from other artists (even Foster the People) have been downloaded with zero problems. This particular song for what ever reason is not available from my iPhone. I always get this message when I access the Amazon Music APP: "We have detected that some of your downloaded music is no longer on your device. We will attempt to restore it be re-downloading it from your cloud library. " But nothing ever comes of it. Please refund my money - again!
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I was never one of those kids whose parents could afford the Reebok Pumps back in the early 90's, so I guess I can't relate to the song - especially when I don't know what it's even about. But it's catchy... very catchy... be warned. It almost reminds me of someone with shoe envy who tries to enact schoolyard firearm violence? I don't know.
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Lyrics were a bit befuddling at first, but it seemed to figure as a song decrying the senselessly violent behavior of many youth of today. After reading a bit about the purpose behind writing the song, those thoughts were confirmed. The lyrics seem to make much more sense in that context. Catchy, but a bit disturbing...
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I can't say anything for the rest of the album but if you own one song from this group its this one. This style of music has gained serious popularity in the past few years, but these guys really brought it to the forefront as of recent. Not saying its never been done before but these guys did it right.
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