Picture You Staring

TOPS - Picture You Staring
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2014 Ratings: #262 / 845
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2014 Ratings: #138
September 2, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Indie Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

While there’s nothing in anyway groundbreaking here, what makes it so interesting is the fact that TOPS don’t just recycle familiar pop tropes, but somehow manage to re-articulate the musical landscape of one decade and revitalise sounds that feel all too familiar.

80
Exclaim!

They craft pop music that feels timeless, as if lifted straight from a '60s movie soundtrack.

80
DIY

TOPS are a rare band that have an covalent bonding chemistry with one another, and the results are a bright, sparkling album that continues their legacy as some of the best revivalists around. 

80
AllMusic

What makes Picture You Staring so deeply enjoyable is the band’s acute sense of when to obscure their sound and when to let it shine through.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

The problem is, when the album isn’t playing, you’ll be hard pressed to recall much of what went on.

EMR
55
Interesting, uncompromising album from indie quartet TOPS that is most likely to make listeners tap their feet under the desk. Some of the 12 songs presented here are really fun and catchy, while others seem faded to forgetness, but overall, Picture You Staring is a pleasant experience that offers good, infectious riffing and simple, groovy beats with gentle female vocals layered over them. The lyrical content is actually nothing to be in love with, and the songwriting isn't in anyway ... read more
holsgr
59
☆☆½ ~ Relatively tolerable listen. I don't connected too much with this.
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Track List

  1. Way to be Loved
  2. Blind Faze
  3. Circle the Dark
  4. Outside
  5. All the People Sleep
  6. Sleeptalker
  7. Superstition Future
  8. 2 Shy
  9. Change of Heart
  10. Easier Said
  11. Driverless Passenger
  12. Destination
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