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Torches

23 May 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 38:18
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  • ASIN: B00I6J93Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,774 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Al_73 on 25 Nov. 2011
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 By Music is one of my radars on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2015
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Like many people I'd imagine, indie pop band Foster the People first came to my attention via the hit single 'Pumped Up Kicks', which is one of those rare tunes that no matter how many times I hear it (and that has been a lot), it just never gets old. I bought 'Torches', their debut, and fell in love with it straight away.

Although the band do have heavy shades of MGMT and Two Door Cinema Club, Foster the People definitely have their own sound. All of the songs here are so upbeat, catchy-as-hell, and my idea of perfect indie-pop music. As good as 'Pumped Up Kids' is, don't assume that it is the only stand-out on 'Torches' and the rest won't hold up as well, it isn't even the best song. Other highlights include the sweet 'Waste' and the cool 'Helena Beat', which instantly lifts my mood onto a high.

This is wonderfully melodic music, complete with very crisp vocals, and first-class production. Don't let 'Torches' slip past you, it's an amazing album I can recommend to all lovers of good indie music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john-mark gould on 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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By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
There was a song that seemed everywhere last summer called "Pumped up kicks" which was very infectious, catchy, put a spring in your step and no matter how hard your brain tried to expel it the damn thing refused to budge. It turns out to be a song by Los Angeles band "Foster the People" who also turn out to be a cross between Passion Pit and MGMT although not as good as either. Its not that Torches is a awful album for in parts its very good with the aforementioned "Kicks" combined with two other songs "Houdini" and "Helena Beat" destined to blare out of souped up Corsa's at a town centre near you on days when the pollen count is especially high. These are effortless pop anthems and you wish the rest of the album had similar ease, unfortunately, it doesn't. The song "Waste" describes itself coming over like a weak-kneed version of Hard-Fi while "Call it what you want" is probably the most irritating piece of music in recording history. Yes even worse than "Mull of Kintyre"!

Foster the People will undoubtedly have their chart moment in the sun and a string of smash singles, but they are neither as much fun as Scissor Sisters, or as clever as the Animal Collective and ultimately there is nothing here that is quite as good as "Time to pretend" or "Sleepyhead". So there you have it, Foster the People equals MGMT lite and obscurity beckons.
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