Utah dance-rockers Neon Trees
have returned after the breakthrough success of their debut album, Habits
, to finally release their highly anticipated follow-up, Picture Show
. The guardians of modern glam rock and pioneers of nü wave have shaped a 46 minute statement of their vision of modern alternative pop-rock. For fans of the Killers (who Neon Trees toured with at the beginning of their career) or bands from the art-punk school of music, Neon Trees and their new album may satisfy your itch for nostalgic rock that you can dance too.
The album's standout track, "Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)," rolls along on a dark bass line that reminds the listener of Depeche Mode without all of the subversive and voyeuristic sexuality while utilizing lead singer Tyler Glenn's soaring tenor. The song is everything fun about synth driven pop music with a winking, tongue-in-cheek awareness of the 80s excess that made music like this possible. Cemented right in the center of the album, "Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)" is the thematic thread holding the album's numerous musical styles together, whether this is the art-punk of "Teenage Sounds," the glam of "Everybody Talks," or the country meets new wave of "Mad Love." Neon Trees had one of the songs of 2010 with their sleeper hit "Animal," and Picture Show
is their chance to prove to audiences that they weren't just a flash in the pan. We think they'll make their case.