2011 Favorite Albums / 2. Foster the People, Torches
Foster the People, Torches
Music Math: David Bowie + A-ha
Best Tracks: "Helena Beat," "Pumped Up Kicks," "Call It What You Want," "Houdini"
Representative Lyrics: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / you better run, better run / outrun my gun / All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / you better run, better run / faster than my bullet"
Notes: You've probably only heard the one song radio played constantly, but the rest of this album is worth a listen. The songs have diverse sounds and arrangements, pulling in just about every instrument and the kitchen sink, mixing up rock beats with dance beats with R&B beats. Each song is an infectious pop miracle, so be prepared to hum them obsessively if you dare to listen. Bonus points to including a really long sample from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess at the start of "Warrant."