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Top 10 Albums of 2011! #3 Torches

Foster The People have set the alternative/indie rock scene ablaze with their infectious album Torches.

Foster The People more then deserve all the praise they have receive this year. It would be criminal if a band with this much talent had gone completely unnoticed. That being said I think we can all agree we’ve heard Pumped Up Kicks one too many times this year. Like chocolate and fine wine, too much of a good thing can really be a bad thing. This is where the band’s debut album Torches comes into play. You can listen to the same rhythmical and catchy indie rock you’ve known (and at one point loved) from Pumped Up Kicks in a wider variety of doses. First track in and we’ve already come across another instant favorite, Helena Beat. You thought you liked singing about running from guns? Just wait till your trying to stop your self from singing about be strapped to a chair all the while wanting to dance along to the h-e-l-e-n-a beat. Foster The People are just beyond anything I’ve come across in a while when it comes to their use of pop elements and dance hooks that sink their teeth into our brains. They can break down barriers and pierce the ears and hearts of those who listen to other genres besides indie rock. Torches may not be me top album of 2011 but I would say being my number 3 album of the year is pretty high up there when one thinks about all the other damn good music 2011 produced.

Helena Beat” – Foster The People

Houdini” – Foster The People

Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People

Foster The People - Torches (click image to buy album)

  1. “Helena Beat”* 4:36
  2. Pumped Up Kicks“* 4:00
  3. Call It What You Want“* 4:01
  4. Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)“* 2:56
  5. Waste“* 3:26
  6. I Would Do Anything for You“* 3:35
  7. “Houdini”*  3:23
  8. Life on the Nickel“*  3:36
  9. Miss You“*  3:36
  10. Warrant“*  5:23
*Notable Tracks (All of them.)

Open and listen to Foster The People’s Torches in Spotify

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Song of the Day! Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Foster the People pump up the kicks from LA, California

I have no idea why I have put off posting this song so long. It was actually brought to my attention that it is the most played song in my Itunes library. I guess I must have found myself clicking it time after time because it’s just that damn good. Foster the People released a short EP in January which featured Pumped Up Kicks. I’m excited to hear that they are set to drop their debut album Torches on the 24th of May.