I believe that almost everyone has heard Foster the People’s 2011 “Pumped Up Kicks” to the point where they are sick of it, but “Pumped Up Kicks” barely scratches the surface of the genius of Torches – I’d even argue that it is the weakest song on the record.
Torches holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite albums of all time, as it is one of the few albums that I can listen to front to back and enjoy every single song on it.
Torches is full of high energy, synth heavy tracks and catchy choruses that never seem to fail to make me want to tap my foot along.
“Call It What You Want,” is based on the fears of Mark Foster (lead singer) not wanting to become labelled and sell out with his rising success, while “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” explores childhood nostalgia. No song is overly similar to another, yet it all still comes together perfectly.
It is also worth noting several of the bonus tracks from the record – “Ruby,” “Broken Jaw,” and “Chin Music For The Unsuspecting Hero,” – are fantastic standalone tracks (however are not available on Spotify).
Overall, Torches is a fantastic record and I still listen to it regularly. While Foster the People’s 2014 album – Supermodel – was great, I still find myself listening to Torches more often.
Foster the People have been silent for a couple years now, presumably working on their third album, and I am eagerly awaiting to hear more.
Key Tracks: Call It What You Want, Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls), Houdini, Miss You