Dec 18, 2010

Neon Trees' "Habits" Album Review

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Artist: Neon Trees
Album: Habits
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Tracks: 8
Runtime: 31:59

Track Rundown:
(All ratings out of 5 *'s)

1) "Sins of My Youth" - Really enjoyed this great opening track to the band's debut album. Full of energy, very modern electro-pop and can get a fan-base jumping at a show. 5 *'s.

2) "Love and Affection" - A great drum solo at the beginning that gets you pumped up, and when the guitar eases its way in you feel like you're really going to get blown away. Then the vocals kick in and things are kind of a letdown. It's not a bad song, but the delivery in the vocals department just comes off kind of sloppy in areas like the track as a whole needed some more fine-tuning. The chorus especially seems overly emo for a band that doesn't strike me as such with the rest of their songs. 2 3/4 *'s.

3) "Animal" - The first single of the album and man what a great track. There's so much passion and enthusiasm delivered in the chorus, and the vocal delivery as a whole is masterfully designed to bring your emotions to a rise and fall at all the right areas. Everyone should check this tune out if you haven't heard it by now. 5 *'s.

4) "Your Surrender" - It has such a perfect tranquil soundtrack vibe to it that I find it's impossible to hate. Great vocal delivery especially while utilizing the drums in the background to really keep the rhythm. 4 1/2 *'s.

5) "1983" - The chorus packs such a huge punch on this track that it makes up for the less-than-stellar lyrics, delivery of verses, and unremarkable standouts by the musicians. It's one of those songs however that you'll sit through just to sing the chorus as it comes on. A somewhat generous 4 *'s for the second designated single of the album.

6) "Girls and Boys in School" - Such an endearing ode to to Depeche Mode and other 80's New Wave bands that I find it infectious. I like the lyrics, I like the depressing delivery, and I like the message. "Questions for questions, I've got a question. Would you ever dance with me like that?" Very relatable emotional conflict of jealousy, insecurity and curiosity. A different toned track on the album, but nailed it with 5 *'s.

7) "In The Next Room" - THEY'RE BRINGING THE WEST SIDE STORY SNAPS BACK! Seriously, you listen to the opening for this song and you end up snapping along with them. And when the chorus kicks in, you better be strapped in because it's a rush. Then more snaps, and back and forth. Really endearing 5 *'s, and hopefully a future single with a music video.

8) "Our War" - A pretty awesome breakup song without being overly angry or depressing. The energy level is kept up much like most of the album, and the tone of the song is basically one of acceptance that a dysfunctional relationship is over. "I'm leaving our war behind. Life can go on without you." A surprisingly optimistic view coming from ... well, anybody. 5 *'s.

My Highlights:
The majority of the album. You could probably throw a dart at the tracklist and hit a great song. But for specificity, the 5 * songs are "Sins of My Youth", "Animal", "Girls and Boys in School", "In The Next Room", and "Our War".

Overall Rating:
Averaging all of the ratings together, this album's total score comes to 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 9 *'s out of 10. I would really like to give this grade, because I thoroughly enjoyed this album. But when it comes to price, run-time, number of tracks, the overall big picture says that there is a glaring problem with this album. Only eight tracks? Granted, they're awesome eight tracks, but that is painfully short, and only just-over a half an hour of music. What sucks worse, is that there are two additional bonus tracks, but they're only available on iTunes. Who uses iTunes? Amazon is where it's at! If the bonus tracks were standard for every release of the album, I'd keep this rating, but it irritates me every time I think about it. Using my super-secret big picture brownie-point powers, I'm subtracting 1/4 * to make this album's final score 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10. This is still a terrific score however, because I don't advise anyone spending their hard earned money on albums rated less than 3 *'s. Everyone should give this band a try!

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