Foster the People - Torches
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2011 Rank: #708 / 891
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

If you are searching for a sunshine-fuelled pop album for the summer, then your search is at an end.

70
Clash
OK, singer Mark Foster’s voice occasionally grates, and ‘Don’t Stop’ sounds a little too much like a bad Passion Pit cast-off. But otherwise, this is a feel-good hit of the summer.
60
Consequence of Sound

Though Torches is a ready-made summer album, its staying power is questionable.

60
Drowned in Sound

You can’t shake the feeling that Foster has simply stretched the party vibe over as many songs as he can before the momentum runs out.

Jun 6, 2014
versedaaron
70
Far from the worst pop album I've heard, but is just very generic. Each song lacks an individual vibe. By the end of the album you are wondering was that really it?
Jul 27, 2017
homogenius
65
Used to be super into the infectious, hook-based pop, but it has most definitely grown stale overtime. Fun sometimes though
Jul 8, 2017
90
Who are these guys? Did they make themselves? Were they manufactured? Who knows. All I know is they centered around the name of the lead singer, Mark Foster, and they were the perfect display of indie pop, which resonated with fun, creative production, as well as deep and thoughtful lyrics inside the shell. Heck, their most popular song was a melancholy product detailing a school shooter over a catchy, memorable chorus.
Apr 5, 2016
Felindie
85
Fav Tracks: Pumped Up Kicks , Houdini , Call It What You Want
Mar 19, 2016*
thethirdverse
73
The promising debut of Foster the People is a seamlessly flawless collection of thoughtful ballads and dark undertones disguised behind what sounds like a myriad of summery, feel-good singles.

best tracks: call it what you want, color on the walls, waste, i would do anything for you, houdini, warrant, broken jaw, pumped up kicks
END OF YEAR LISTS
#48/Amazon
MISC LISTS
#10/NPR Listeners
Track List
  1. Helena Beat 
  2. Pumped Up Kicks 
  3. Call It What You Want 
  4. Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop) 
  5. Waste 
  6. I Would Do Anything For You 
  7. Houdini 
  8. Life on the Nickel 
  9. Miss You 
  10. Warrant