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Torches [CD]

Foster the People Audio CD
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Foster The People came together in late 2009 when Mark Foster met band mates Cubbie Fink and Mark Ponitus through mutual friends in the Los Angeles music scene. Foster hailing from Cleveland, OH had been writing and recording music since his youth but it wasn’t until the three members came together that Foster’s music for the bands upcoming debut release, Torches, was ready for ... Read more in Amazon's Foster the People Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Helena Beat 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pumped Up Kicks 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Call It What You Want 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Waste 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Would Do Anything For You 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Houdini 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Life On The Nickel 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Warrant 5:230.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Indie rock is undergoing a much-needed regeneration of late. Reedy guitars hold less sway, funk punk is finally packing up its cowbell and the glum cells of black-clad doom-mongers imitating Ian Curtis because they can’t actually sing are headed for the shadowy obscurity to which they so tediously aspired. In their place comes a disco nous, hints of Afrobeat and MGMT psychedelia. LA-based Foster the People are the culmination of that transformation; the Matt Smith of the new indie.

Envisioning themselves as a more populist and accessible Animal Collective, they adapt AC’s art-tronic adventurousness to incorporate the funky danceability of Scissor Sisters, the fuzzy pop catchiness of Kids and the knack of throwing in deceptively downbeat twists akin to Girls, Sleigh Bells or Smith Westerns. Current single Pumped Up Kicks is a prime example, with singer Mark Foster trilling "You’d better run / Faster than my bullet" to a psychedelic block party skipping tune that seems to have dropped off the end of Oracular Spectacular, giving the impression of the cheeriest schoolyard gunman ever.

That’s the darkest corner of Foster’s psyche illuminated by Torches; elsewhere, there’s considerably more levity. Call It What You Want is full-on trance pop complete with disco piano and hip hop squiggles, and Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) is peak-era Dandy Warhols right down to the clap-along guitars and jubilant disregard for the laws of the land. By the time I Would Do Anything for You rolls around with its sunny, Auto-Tuned ode to blossoming romance you’d be forgiven for deciding FTP are the MGMT who’ll never prog-out on you.

After Houdini sees Torches deliver its own sparking Electric Feel, however, the latter section of the album reveals them as a far more promising and intriguing proposition. Life on the Nickel is a falsetto pop chant swathed in grime clicks and crunches, and Miss You sounds like Chris Martin lost and alone at a pagan rave; both suggest that FTP might soon pioneer a transatlantic fusion of dance and indie aesthetics that threatens to merge and rejuvenate both genres like no act since The Rapture. Time will tell, but this opening salvo will certainly leave you pumped up for further Foster kicks.

--Mark Beaumont

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CD Startime International, 88697744572, 2011 10 Track PROMO STICKERED

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just Punped Up Kicks! 25 Nov 2011
By Al_73
Format:Audio CD
Every so often, a new band appears seemingly out of nowhere & release a debut album that is so completely lovely that you wonder what you ever did without it. Just such a band are Foster The People & just such an album is Torches. I fell in love with it on first listen & I knew then, that it was going to feature very high in my albums of the year! The lead single Pumped Up Kicks was the song that inspired me to get the album. Its a curious, mellow song underpinned by an insidious beat & has slightly muffled vocals in the verses before bursting into a simple but glorious chorus. It was a real sleeper hit single - hanging around the charts for ages. The whole album is filled with songs that sound so simple & effortless & all the songs have razor sharp hooklines & killer choruses. Helena Beat, Waste, Don't Stop, Call It What You Want....I could go on...& I will, about one song in particular which hit me like some divine hammer the first time I heard it. The song in question is I Would Do Anything For You & its the sweetest, sunshiniest & just most downright adorable song you could hope to hear. Angelic vocals sing achingly sweet words in the verses & kick into a chorus that is so simple & so completely & utterly joyful, you can't help but bounce around the room. My niece, who was 4 years old when she heard it, adores this song & does a cute little dance & sings along to it! Its about the joys of being in love & oh my, the song just perfectly conveys the wonderful feeling of having someone in your life that you love more than anything. I adore that song, I adore this album & I adore this band! Buy it NOW & bring some perfect indie-pop sunshine into your life! :D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shameless Carriers of the Indie-pop Torch 4 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Let's get it out of the way immediately - Torches is immensely contagious, an audacious indie-pop record. It doesn't always click - but when it does, it's impossible to keep one's feet still.

Pumped Up Kicks is this year's ubiquitous indie-pop crossover - even after many listens, it refuses to lose impact. But does the rest of the album stick quite so successfully? The answer is both yes and no - although more of the former. Opener Helena Beat tries unsuccessfully to re-bottle lightning like their breakthrough hit, but doesn't have similar legs.

Call It What You Want and Houdini, on the other hand, suggest that Foster The People have what it takes to stick around much longer - they hint of the clichéd, but are so joyous and effervescent they render resistance futile. It's not all so golden, but there's enough here to delight in and plenty to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Riffs and a couple of hits 18 Jan 2013
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Quirky musical mishmash of styles underlined by decent musicianship. I'm a sucker for a groovy bass riff and bought the album for that alone on Pumped Up Kicks but there's at least one other standout track on this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music! 11 Jun 2012
By g
Format:Audio CD
This band are great! Torches is a summery debut album. The highlights are Waste,Houdini,Helena beat,call it what you want and most of all Pumped up kicks,the summer anthem of a barbeque for indie people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fostering feeling 1 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Foster the People in the tail-end of a music programme on US television while recovering from jetlag on my first day in San Francisco. The haunting sound of the chorus of 'Waste' made me sit up from my stupor and pay attention. In the coming days snippets of the single 'Pumped Up Kicks' leached from passing car windows and pounded out of Mission district coffee shops. Since that introduction, and then quickly buying Torches, I have really enjoyed more thoroughly exploring it. The album has a decent amount of variety across the tracks and yet there is a continuity of sound, which gives it a 'Foster the People' identity. I would agree that you do hear echoes of bands like Black Kids, Friendly Fires, MGMT and Vampire Weekend, but there is a definite Foster the People sound.

This is a feel good album, with plenty to make you want to move, but pay attention to the lyrics and you realise that bouncing along with you is a happy-go-lucky gunman or a street hustler. Torches is very probably going to be the sound of 2011 for me, its uniformly brilliant and hasn't yet failed to bring a big stupid grin to my face.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foster the People 22 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Heard a snatch of Pumped Up Kicks on the radio and it drove me mad until I found out what it was. As soon as I did I bought the album. Absolutely love it. Really funky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG 4 April 2014
By Iona
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the best debut albums like ever :O Highly recommend to anyone with a decent music taste. Mark Foster es muy fantastico.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foster The People 10 Mar 2014
By Jan
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Purchased for my Grandson - he loves one track in particular which he plays over and over again!! But the whole CD has been a resounding success.
J. Fallon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Great CD, plenty of catchy jangly tunes on it. Might not please the 'serious' listeners but it pleases me. Great for playing loud. Mind you, so is most music!
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Refreshing listen, lots of good songs. Not exactly ground breaking but an album that I certainly keep going back to time and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed nicely
Packed nicely, no creases on sleeve.
Highly reckommended company for the vinyl format.
All corners on sleeve are in perfect shape at arrival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feelgood Album
After hearing the song 'Pumped Up Kicks' - the album wasnt soon to be added to the collection - buy you won't be dissapointed with these guys !!!
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