The album has been much anticipated up to it’s release, from their lead single “Everybody Talks” taking over the airwaves and the band themselves leaking a track a day up to it’s release – Neon Trees had finally released their album “Picture Show” on April 17th.
The record has a significant change in sound, with much more electronics utilized, however they still keep their nostalgic youth throughout the record, with tracks such as the drum driven “Teenage Sounds”. The song itself address some of today’s modern trends, such as DJing (“I’m tired of everybody trying to be a DJ / Well, I can also pick my favorite songs and press play”) and bullying due to sexuality (“I’m sick of being called a fag because I’m queer”).
Always a sucker for a throwback, “Weekend”, starts with a very Michael Jackson-esque pop intro. “Lessons in Love” is a reminder of “Girls and Boys and School”, off of the group’s debut album “Habits”. The band then throws a curveball with their song “Trust”. It’s intro deceives the listener into thinking they’re in for a piano ballad. However, the song progresses into a very 80’s new-wave pop influenced track. That influence continues with the following track, “Close to You”.
The second to last track, “Still Young”, once again, is a pleasant reminder of being young and in love. Very similar to “Our War”, the verses are very soft, followed by the energetic singing of singer Tyler Glenn.
The music world better watch out, because “Picture Show” is the unique success we have been searching for. It has the upbeat pop tracks, such as “Horray for Hollywood”, which if chosen as a single, could have the potential for massive mainstream success. It has throwbacks to musical generations prior, while still maintaining their exclusive sound. “Picture Show” is definitely one for the ages.