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Supermodel

March 18, 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 48:00
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  • ASIN: B00IE5USMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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A true Foster the People fan will enjoy this album.
Guy
This track really makes me feel like just saying 'nevermind'.
robhartjr
Very good follow up album to an excellent previous work.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Zok on March 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"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. In fact, the different sound is the only thing I can really see as a potential issue some old fans will have with this album.
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20 of 25 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. It might take a little while to get used to the new sound, but in the end it will be worth it.

And for you vinyl heads, the vinyl is 180 grams and sounds great. Comes with a printed inner sleeve and a booklet containing artwork and lyrics for each track. I recommend it!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on March 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD
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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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tristan C. on March 18, 2014
Format: Audio CD
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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