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Supermodel is the highly anticipated new album from Foster The People featuring first single "Coming of Age." Produced by Paul Epworth, the globally influenced album is the follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed 2011 debut Torches.

Recorded in various locations around the world, Supermodel began as frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco at the end of 2012. "We didn't have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days," Foster recalls, "And in the spirit of wanderlust and discovery we ended up stumbling on the musical identity of what this record was going to feel like."

From Morocco the album continued to migrate with Foster and the band. Work continued at Woodshed Studios in Malibu, Henson Studios and Bronson Island in Los Angeles and was finished at Epworth's Wolf Tone Studios in London.

Foster the People achieved success with the 2011 release of their debut album Torches, featuring the #1 hit single "Pumped Up Kicks," which was declared "the year s anthem" by SPIN. Foster the People garnered three GRAMMY nominations for their monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Pumped Up Kicks" and Best Short Form Music Video for "Houdini."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Penn on March 19, 2014
Format: Vinyl
Like most of you, I loved Foster the People's Torches. It was such a fresh indie-pop record and it was one of my favorite albums of 2011. And also like most of you, I was scared that FTP would go through a sophomore slump with their new album. Fortunately, Supermodel is a great effort. They went for a harder alternative/psychedelic/rock sound rather than pop on this record, which might turn some of the people who liked their first album away. Mark Foster also showcases many influences with both his vocals and his music. I can hear traces of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, The Beach Boys and Vampire Weekend. This isn't a bad thing, but the band had such a unique sound with their first LP, it's a little (just a little) disappointing to hear them go a different musical route.

Some of the highlights on this album:
"Are You Who You Want To Be?" - Really catchy opening track with a great beat. Gets stuck in your head easily.
"Coming of Age" - The album's lead single. I didn't really like it at first, but it's grown on me tremendously. It's very mellow and has the classic FTP sound.
"Pseudologia Fantastica" - Psychedelic influenced track with some great guitar work.
"Best Friend" - Probably the closest to Torches you'll get. Another fun track that reminds me of "Houdini" without the electronic sound.
"A Beginner's Guide to Destroying The Moon" - A pure rock song. Has some gritty, distorted guitar mixed with chopped up vocal loops and works out nicely.
"Fire Escape" - Beautiful song. Raw, emotional and intimate.

I would give Supermodel an 8/10 (or 4/5). If you're a Foster The People fan, you will most likely enjoy this record.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Zok on March 18, 2014
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"I'm really excited about the new Foster the People record. It's guitar-driven." - Mark Foster

It turns out Supermodel is another great Foster the People album that opts for more guitar and less electrosynth.

I've listened to Torches over 70 times - this album around 30 or so times now. Some say Supermodel is "bloated", but, no, that's not quite true. Part of the deal with FtP music is that you have to listen twice or even more to really get the song. Pumped Up Kicks did that for Torches; it drew the crowd back for more. Unfortunately, this album doesn't have any situation like the breakout Pumped Up Kicks.

Supermodel is Foster's dive into making fun of fame, the irony of it all - "who says dreamers always get what they want", with a slightly different sound then Torches. Foster had to have known this - but in writing an album about greed and fame, he left himself open for many critics to attack Supermodel as the cliche lyrical writings of a new band's sophomore album.

With Supermodel, you'll hear Mark Foster play the acoustic (and electric) guitar much more. There even seems to not be enough electrosynth on the first listen. Now, you'll hear psychedelic (as in sound effects, not electronic dance music). But you're going to hear less of that electronic-with-humming that made Torches great (think "Call It What You Want", or perhaps "Don't Stop"). It's not that Supermodel isn't great, too. It just has a different sound from Torches.

It's this lack of consistency that is the most frustrating; it's as if you as the listener must also experience Foster the People's growing pains as they continually try unique sounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheAnalyst on September 21, 2014
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My first impression is like many other reviewers: I was expecting something similar to "Torches". When this popped up on Amazon, I bought the CD without hearing any tracks and when first played, I was initially disappointed.

Not now. After listening to the album in it's entirety I have garnered a new appreciation for the depth of sound layers, careful engineering and great lyrics that can actually be understood and can be, at times, very tongue-in-cheek, awesome stuff.

And to add, it's recorded well and that's seriously important in this day and age of crapular sounding CDs, more the norm now than the exception, sigh. Someone spent some serious, meticulous time in the recording studio, for sure.

I won't give it 5 stars, more a 4.5. Recommended but give it time.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tristan C. on March 18, 2014
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Loved the first Foster The People record, and thought for sure this would be a sophomore slump album, but I am pleasantly surprised. This album has less straight pop songs, but I really like that. It's diverse and has depth, whereas the previous album was lacking a bit in those areas. It's nice to see a band grow a bit and more interesting, without completely abandoning the sound that got you into them. Highly recommended.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on March 18, 2014
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I've been eagerly waiting for this release for a couple of years now. I absolutely loved Torches and it might be the album I've played the most - ever. I can say I was anxious about Supermodel because I could not imagine how it could tie or top Torches. I guess I underestimated their genius.
Supermodel is a wonderful album from start to finish. It's addictive and for lack of a better word feels exotic too. There are more medium - slow tempo songs than on Torches but what they lack in speed they make up for in melody, instrumentation, vocals and lyrics. Pseudologia Fantastica makes you feel like you are in a wild colorful dream... The faster songs are absolute ear worms, in the same vein as the best songs on Torches (Best friend for example which features an extremely Clash like bass line).
The way the tracks are arranged is perfect, you never get bored. They flow into each other effortlessly and before you know it you're already on track 7.
They put a lot of thought and love into Supermodel. I literally got emotional hearing this album because it turned out to be so much more than I could have imagined. Listen to it, you won't regret it. Thank you Foster the People.
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