Reviewed by: Lara Supan
I have a feeling Neon Trees didn’t actually pass their Psych 101 class.
If Pop Psychology means generic lyrics, semi-incoherent choruses and an album that basically sounds like one super long song, then they got it 100% correct. If not, they’ve made a terrible mistake. The first song “Love in the 21st Century” actually had some substance with a comprehensive story line and a catchy chorus, but it was sadly all down hill from there.
“Text Me In The Morning” was the first warning sign, followed by “Sleeping With a Friend” which put the nail in the coffin that this album is completely unnecessary. All grammar nazis will be floored by track five “Unavoidable”, where female vocalist Elaine Bradley says she’s going home to lay “inside her bed”, followed by a chorus that puts the accented syllables of the word “unavoidable” in the wrong place. Another great line in the chorus is “It’s unavoidable, you are the magnet, it’s unavoidable, I am metallic.” Was that last part really necessary? I guess if she was rubber it just wouldn’t be the same.
Perhaps the most ridiculous song on Pop Psychology is “First Thing’s First”, which has a gospel choir backing lead singer Tyler Glenn while he whines about what sounds like high school drama. A better name for the song, and quite frankly the album, would be “#FirstWorldProblems”.
All in all, Pop Pyschology is completely uninspired and sloppily constructed. Contrary to track five’s title, I suggest you avoid this album at all costs.
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