Foster the People releases sophomore album
by Shelby Mitchell/News & Opinions
The band that brought us “Pumped Up Kicks” is back with more, their sophomore album released on Mar 14. They returned with some of the old and definitely some new thrown in. The familiar high voice finds some low notes, and the beats found some diverse new inspiration.
The first song on the album, “Are You What You Want To Be,” kicked the album off in a quick tempo with some African rhythms. It also kicked off the album with quick lyrics that I felt like I should be able to understand, but could not quite get there. It was like I was listening to a song being sung in Simlish off of the popular Sims game series.
Quick-sung lyrics aside, the music alone ranges from the wild and fun to the slowed-down and mellowed out. The lyrics, like with the first album, “Torches,” all seem to come from very real places. They talk about existential dilemmas and following dreams, getting back up when you are knocked down, destroying apathy and so on. The falsetto that sang about outrunning bullets weighs in on inner demons and moving into action. The album is truly one worth listening (and maybe reading along) to.