Sacred Hearts Club

Foster the People - Sacred Hearts Club
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #695 / 717
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2017 Ratings: #605
July 21, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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Ultimately, the beauty of Sacred Hearts Club is that it sounds like a Foster the People album without unnecessarily rehashing the sound that made them famous.

It’s a dauntless album that boldly demonstrates its ability to successfully cross stylistic boundaries.
Drowned in Sound

In the end, Sacred Hearts Club isn’t so bold a departure as others might think. Foster’s probably been dying to write a record like this for years – and, y’know, so long as he continues to write from ever-so-slightly selfless angles, he’s welcome to push his crew wherever he pleases.


In reality, Sacred Hearts Club splits the difference between the bookending acts on that Grammys tribute: Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys.

A.V. Club

Overall, Sacred Hearts Club also signals a return to Foster The People’s more electronic origins, but not in the inventive way that was used on Torches. Rather, it comes off as hackneyed copy, full of the predictable EDM/trap beats that every other chart-topper has shoved in somewhere.

The Skinny

Sacred Hearts Club contains some of the worst music we’ve heard all year.

The Line of Best Fit

Sacred Hearts Club is record of frustration on the listener’s part – we know they’re capable, but Foster the People have again failed to recapture the brand of youthfulness established in their hype-fuelled industry breakthrough. Equally, they fail to mature into an alternative sound with adequate craft to entice attention.

There was a point in my life some years ago where I listened to both Torches and Supermodel daily for multiple months. These guys were my favorite band, not because I thought they were some sort of artistic musical gods, but because they could simply make catchy music that had some depth to it, which especially came out on Supermodel. Now Foster the People goes directly into the stream of music that they used to push against, with heavily-electronic beats and the most trite and lifeless ... read more
Sacred Hearts Club is one of Foster The People's best pieces of work. It jumps almost flawlessly from alternative to electronic to pop and even, to punk rock. With songs such as Lotus Eater and Static Space Lover, this album is very diverse, which is a good thing. It serves for a great listening experience, and I hope they continue to go in this direction in the future.
First thing's first:
What are you all talking about calling this album bad? Like, for real? Are you guys hearing something I'm not? This isn't any Bon Iver 22, A Million or DJ Khaled Grateful.

Anyway, to the review.

It's hard to beat their first two albums, Torches and Supermodel. They set the tone for what Foster The People would be.
Sacred Hearts Club keeps a positive and swaying indie vibe through the whole album. The songs are catchy and keep me interested. They know their style, they ... read more
Alright, so here comes my unpopular opinion (apparently): I love this album. It was probably my top album of 2017. I was a pretty big fan of Torches and Supermodel, but this continued my love in a new direction. I believe the reason that a lot of people aren't super big fans is the pop electronic direction this album sends the band. And I get that. But I guess I just liked this move. Every song, except the interludes and III, are jams that I could listen to all day. They are complex, changing, ... read more
Pay the Man - 1/10
Doing It for the Money - 2/10
Sit Next to Me - 6/10
Shc - 3/10
I Love My Friends - 3/10
Orange Dream - 1/10
Static Space Lover - 1/10
Lotus Eater - 4/10
Time to Get Closer - 1/10
Loyal Like Syd & Nancy - 0/10
Harden the Paint - 2/10
III - 1/10

Average Rating:25 out of 120 = 21%

Overall Opinion: Another one bites the dust. Garbage. And I cringed when I saw they mentioned Syd and Nancy in an electronic trash song.
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Track List

  1. Pay the Man
  2. Doing It for the Money
  3. Sit Next to Me
  4. Shc
  5. I Love My Friends
  6. Orange Dream
  7. Static Space Lover
  8. Lotus Eater
  9. Time to Get Closer
  10. Loyal Like Syd & Nancy
  11. Harden the Paint
  12. III
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