Neon Trees: Pop Psychology (Island/Mercury) There are certain records that seem to arrive at precisely the right time, offering music that resonates, fat-free and without excess, that are fascinating for their absolute purity. And that would be the case for this latest album by Provo, Utah’s Neon Trees, who with their flashy, multi-colored clothes and conspicuous flair for ‘80s-style pop seem slightly out of time—and deliberately so. With its healthy batch of aggressively catchy hooks populating tracks like “Love In The 21st Century,” “Sleeping With A Friend,” and “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends),” Pop Psychology is buzzing with energy, and with the intelligence of the lyrics throughout—crafted and sung by Tyler Glenn, whose March Rolling Stone interview re his sexual orientation caused a stir—it’s easily one of the year’s sharpest, most delightful surprises. A big step up for a band getting better by the moment.
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