Oh hey you guys are music listeners? Great! Me too! Wanna know which band I almost never listen to? Neon Trees. Is it because I donâ€™t like them? Nah, I donâ€™t dislike Neon Trees, Iâ€™m just not amazed by them. Will it stop me from giving my amateur opinion on their new album â€œPicture Showâ€?Â No â€¦unfortunately for anyone who is more informed than me, it will not.
So this is how I am going to assess the album during what is called â€œMargeâ€™s Album Amateur Hour.â€
Sorry for any of you die-hard fans out there (and by this I donâ€™t mean fans of the movie â€œDie Hard,â€ but rather, committed, zealous Neon Trees fans), but this album and this band just donâ€™t impress me all that much.
Not to say that they donâ€™t impress me at all. Thatâ€™s what all that much means; itâ€™s not a ton and itâ€™s not nil, itâ€™s just â€œOK, cool, this is a fun band.â€ Theyâ€™re talented, they have some really high energy, sometimes interesting music and their song lyrics are not half badâ€¦though oftentimes hard to discern (lyrics are a big deal for me.)
But I wouldnâ€™t say Neon Trees is more outstanding or distinctive from a lot of other bands out there right now. The few truly interesting and memorable songs on â€œPicture Showâ€ (â€œEverybody Talksâ€ and â€œMad Loveâ€ for me) get somewhat lost in the otherwise slightly homogenous tracks. Sorry die hard fans â€¦ and this time I do mean the Bruce Willis enthusiasts.
Maybe if I spent a lot of time sidling up inside each song and savoring it and permitting it to make me feel all sorts of bubbling emotional responses I would be more amazed. Some albums take time to unlock. But Iâ€™m not entirely convinced from a couple of listens that itâ€™d be worth it. The album is fun, but not fascinating.
Sometimes it does make me feel emotion-type sensations. Mainly like living inside some high school fantasy (Iâ€™m thinking of a clichÃ© laughing nighttime montage of my friends and I standing up through a carâ€™s sunroof in formal dresses.) I also enjoy shaking my hair to their sometimes very â€™80s-esque beats. AndÂ at other points in the album (again, â€œEverybody Talksâ€ and also, â€œWeekendâ€), I feel compelled to do some high paced dances that involve mass amounts of twirling, dipping and high kicking. Sometimes simultaneous high kick-dip combos. But to get real, it doesnâ€™t take a ton to start me up on high kick-dip combos.
Like their first album, which produced â€œAnimal,â€ the song that everyone knows and I felt tired of after a couple of weeks, I think â€œPicture Showâ€ will produce a couple of fun singles that will exhaust themselves quickly while still maintaining Neon Treeâ€™s marketable, and yes, enjoyable sound.