Summer music is of a special breed. It doesn’t need meaning, or to be complex it just needs to make you want to move your feet, slide closer to that special someone and be fun. Picture Show by Neon Trees meets all these criteria and is a must have addition to your summer music collection. Be sure to get the deluxe version; the songs are well worth the few extra bucks.
Packed full of addiction, and I mean that in the kindest and most positive sense of the word, you’ll catch yourself singing not just Everybody Talks but also the words to Moving in the Dark, Mad Love, Lessons in Love, and Still Young. They will weave their way into your subconscious and, without realizing it, you’ll be tapping your foot and humming. Don’t worry about the looks you might get, just smile and know you are in a better place. Mad Love is hands down my favorite of these. It has a wonderfully familiar quality that makes you think you’ve been listening to it for years.
How an album can capture the raw excitement of summer is beyond me; but Picture Show does. The highs and lows of meeting new people, seeing old friends from summers gone by and finding out, possible for the first time, how easy it can be to become someone you’re not, at least for a little while.
Love the shades of Billy Idol in Teenage Sounds, the haunting beauty of Take Me for a Ride and there is something about the lyrics in Show that makes it my favorite.
The album’s tempo is well-paced throughout; with only a few moments of drag. Guaranteed, you’ll listen to these songs year after year, whenever you want to stir up memories of summers gone by.
Genre: Alternative Released: April 17, 2012 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group