I Feel Alive

TOPS - I Feel Alive
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #662 / 794
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
2020 Ratings: #462
Liked by 8 people
April 3, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Musique TOPS / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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The Guardian

Sophisticated production, nostalgic synths and gorgeous tunes … the Montreal band’s fourth LP features their strongest songs yet.


It's a pleasurable, sun-drenched record — the work of a band who've found their voice, louder and clearer than before.

Under The Radar

Everything that makes the band great is still here and if you’re looking for some fun vintage pop you can’t go wrong with I Feel Alive.


'I Feel Alive' is bursting with soaring pop melodies, 80s retro nostalgia and undeniably catchy guitar hooks, but it’s a project which struggles to gain momentum.

Although synthpop and indie pop is an omnipresent trend this year, I Feel Alive is a veritable moment of disconnection that takes us back to its time capsule more than 40 years ago. For the moment and as TOPS showed us since the beginning of their career, there is always this pure retro side of the 70/80's that defies the present time. Retro still has its qualities and its limits, but at the present time when we need a bit of warmth, I Feel Alive is a wave of good humor that can only make us ... read more
I'm sucker for this sound so don't take my opinion seriously lol.
Settling in yet again to their vintage pop sensibilities, TOPS finds themselves in fine form, honing that soft-rock sound very well as we put under the spell of Jane Penny's nostalgic vocals. With its playful nature, they successfully crafted another love-struck record with much clarity , sun drenched as ever.
There’s nothing game changing about it but it’s a nice little synthy pop indie record. The vocals could be better but the production is top notch. Songwriting is okay for what it is.
Best track: Pirouette
This feels somewhere in between mall music and what I imagine Santa plays over the intercom for his elves hard at work. It has a lot of those great moments from the 70s and 80s crinkled around the music on here. A very winter-y album with a springing step to its aura. A little upset it took this long for me to listen to this one.
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Track List

  1. Direct Sunlight
  2. I Feel Alive
  3. Pirouette
  4. Ballads & Sad Movies
  5. Colder & Closer
  6. Witching Hour
  7. Take Down
  8. Drowning in Paradise
  9. OK Fine Whatever
  10. Looking to Remember
  11. Too Much
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Added on: January 22, 2020