Picture Show

Picture Show

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by Neon Trees
     
 

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Neon Trees' debut, Habits, was only eight songs long, almost more of an EP than a true album, yet they made the most of it, taking their Strokes-meets-Killers pop in a far more mainstream direction than either of those influences with the joyfully hedonistic hit "Animal." Two years later, Picture Show

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Neon Trees' debut, Habits, was only eight songs long, almost more of an EP than a true album, yet they made the most of it, taking their Strokes-meets-Killers pop in a far more mainstream direction than either of those influences with the joyfully hedonistic hit "Animal." Two years later, Picture Show proves that the band's flair for writing almost aggravatingly catchy songs is as strong as ever, particularly on the "Animal"-esque bounce of "Everybody Talks," the guitar-heavy version of the 2011 hit they had with Kaskade, "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)," and the frothy album closer "I Am the DJ." Along with the Killers' side project Big Talk, Neon Trees bring back a true pop
ock sound that's bright, shiny, undeniably kinetic but not necessarily aimed at the dance floor. Picture Show not only reflects the increasing divide between pop and rock in the years since the '80s, it reveals that Neon Trees don't want to just bridge that gap -- they want to stand on either side of it, too. They stretch in several directions without being suicidally challenging, most successfully on "Teenage Sounds," where they downplay their new wave tendencies for some passably snarling and surly rock, and on "Mad Love," a twangy power-pop homage featuring a duet between Tyler Glenn and Elaine Bradley. Neon Trees usually stay on the right side of the fine line between catchy and annoying, and though they're better at breadth than at depth, they're good at what they do.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2012
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602527954370
catalogNumber:
001657802
Rank:
32669

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Performance Credits

Neon Trees   Primary Artist
David Ralicke   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carlos de la Garza   Percussion
Jordan Katz   Trumpet
Tyler Glenn   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Elaine Bradley   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Branden Campbell   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Chris Allen   Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Katz   Composer
Robert Reynolds   Legal Counsel
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Fasano   Equipment Rental
Greg Collins   Engineer
Billy Bush   Engineer
Carlos de la Garza   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Kaskade   Producer
Ryan Raddon   Composer
Michael Lurato   Management
Eric Wong   Marketing
Tim Pagnotta   Composer
Bill McGathy   Management
Wesley Seidman   Engineer
Antoinette Trotman   Legal Counsel
David Klein   Booking
Adam Saunders   Booking
Kristen Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Marcus Bentley   Engineer
Mel Young   Booking
Finn Bjarnson   Composer
Tyler Glenn   Composer,Programming
Vol S. Davis   Legal Counsel
Ian Allen   Legal Counsel
Elaine Bradley   Composer
Ryan Harlacher   Booking
Branden Campbell   Composer
David Weise   Management
John Hancock   Composer
Mike Schuppan   Engineer
Sharon Timure   Marketing
Jerry Juste   Legal Counsel
Chris Allen   Composer

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Picture Show 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked their first album, but love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago