Sacred Hearts Club

Foster the People - Sacred Hearts Club
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #841 / 881
User Score
Based on 274 ratings
2017 Ratings: #534
Liked by 4 people
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
this is astonishingly bold. one of the most underrated albums of the 2010s , i believe that foster the people created their own genre of electro-funk with dashes of alt-pop and truly wacky production .

i cannot stress enough: when i think of fun music, this album immediately comes to my mind; it’s like drinking a smoothie in summer shade with a reusable straw

every track still sounds new and futuristic... years later. ftp really went for it on SHC: the beatles-esque title is ... read more
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
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.

Foster the People were once interesting. However, even on Torches, it was clear that the group were just cashing in on outdated indie pop cliches that were nothing new even in 2011. That being said, they still knew their way around a catchy chorus or two, forging some pretty huge radio hits in the process. Sacred Hearts Club feels like a shameless cash grab, a half-baked attempt at rekindling that long-lost spark they once had. Even as someone who was never a big fan of Foster ... read more
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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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Added on: June 13, 2017