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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.
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  • 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 (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Love this album, they have such a great and different sound. One of my cds on repeat, great in the car, great while you are getting ready, you can't help but dance and get a little swagger in your step. Fun music and some clever lyrics, well delivered. Its one of those things that is just so perfectly what you want it to be. Love the attitude in "Everybody Talks", "Moving In The Dark", and "Teenage Sounds" which gets a little more gritty. "Mad Love" sweetens up and is simple and infectious. Weekend has an Ode to Michael Jackson kind of feel but somehow still reads as current. "Lessons in Love", "Trust", "Close to You", & "Hooray For Hollywood" again feel so fresh yet somehow evoke an 80's essence. Maybe its the dance paired with an industrial sound and haunting voice/lyrics? Whatever it is it works. "Still Young" feels desperate and hopeful and maybe the least like break up song that somehow works. "I am the DJ", another infectious track, closes the album with only a hint of irony as you think back to earlier lyrics of "Teenage Sounds" which declare "I'm tired of everybody trying to be a DJ, Yeah I can also pick my favorite songs and press play". Like I said whatever it is, it works. Its smart and catchy and every song is worth listening to!
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Neon Trees front man Tyler Glenn is the real thing. He rocks the house with energy, vision, and great voice. Driving drums, big big bass, and some very tantalizing rhythym and lead guitar makes Neon Trees the best new band to hit the stage in quite some time. No wonder everybody's talking about Neon Trees.
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