Pop Psychology

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All Music Guide - Scott Kerr
American indie rock outfit Neon Trees' successful 2012 sophomore release Picture Show is followed here by their third record, Pop Psychology. They enlisted producer Tim Pagnotta -- who worked on their hits "Animal" and "Everybody Talks" -- and recorded the album in 2013 in Los Angeles. Their upbeat combination of synth pop and new wave influences is explored in their unashamedly catchy single "Sleeping with a Friend."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
During the time between Neon Trees' 2012 album Picture Show and Pop Psychology, frontman Tyler Glenn went through some big changes, including seeking therapy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Kerr
American indie rock outfit Neon Trees' successful 2012 sophomore release Picture Show is followed here by their third record, Pop Psychology. They enlisted producer Tim Pagnotta -- who worked on their hits "Animal" and "Everybody Talks" -- and recorded the album in 2013 in Los Angeles. Their upbeat combination of synth pop and new wave influences is explored in their unashamedly catchy single "Sleeping with a Friend."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
During the time between Neon Trees' 2012 album Picture Show and Pop Psychology, frontman Tyler Glenn went through some big changes, including seeking therapy and coming out as a gay man. It's not surprising, then, that the band's third album is also its most confessional, but Glenn and company still manage to have fun with their emotional crises. The album's song titles read like advice column headlines, and the name Pop Psychology itself is a clever and accurate manifesto: for Neon Trees, the therapeutic value of dancing on your troubles to the perfect pop song always comes first, even when Glenn is pouring his heart out. Fortunately, there's nothing boring about the inevitability of the verse-chorus-verse format when it's as satisfying as Pop Psychology is at its best. "Love in the 21st Century" kicks off the album with the kind of unabashedly catchy fare fans expect, with Glenn sounding equal parts bold and uncertain as he sings about "broken heart technology" over fizzy synths and handclaps. While Neon Trees have gradually tightened up their pop formula since Habits, their first hit, "Animal," still remains the template for a lot of their music. It makes sense that they reunited with Habits producer Tim Pagnotta, who helps them double down on their new wave and synth pop obsessions and play to their strengths: Glenn's brash yet sensitive vocals and their undeniable way with hooks. Lead single "Sleeping with a Friend"'s breezy synths add '80s soft rock leanings that also pop up on "Foolish Behavior" and the standout "Living in Another World"; while it's not exactly the most expected direction for the band, it conveys the album's sleekness and vulnerability well. There's a similar tension in Pop Psychology's lyrics, which cram in plenty of detail ("Unavoidable" compares a bad relationship to mixed feelings about L.A.; "Voices in the Halls" name-checks Heaven or Las Vegas) while still seeming universal. Knowing Glenn's background gives an extra sting to "Teenager in Love" when he sings "I'm a fool with a curse and a crush," yet "Text Me in the Morning"'s boy-girl shenanigans are just as vivid. Even if Neon Trees sometimes try a little too hard to be serious on Pop Psychology, it's some of their most heartfelt music and some of their finest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2014
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602537772650
  • Catalog Number: 002036302
  • Sales rank: 10,242

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neon Trees Primary Artist
Tammi Haddon Background Vocals
Tyler Glenn Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Elaine Bradley Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Branden Campbell Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Christopher Allen Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Laweta Casiano Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ryan Williams Engineer
Scott Wiley Engineer
Andrew Zaeh Band Photo
Brian Bumbery Publicity
Eric Wong Marketing
Tim Pagnotta Composer, Producer, Engineer
Todd Russell Art Direction
Bobbie Gale Publicity
Kristen Yiengst Photo Production
Tyler Glenn Composer, Lyricist
Elaine Bradley Composer, Lyricist
Branden Campbell Composer
Jam Sutton Art Direction
Sharon Timure Marketing
Christopher Allen Composer
Paul Lane Package Production
Jarett Holmes Programming, Engineer
Lauren Schneider Publicity
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