Neon Trees, "Habits"

Melding pop-punk riffs with a tinge of electro, alternative rock act Neon Trees bring the fist-pumps to the dancefloor on debut album "Habits." The Provo, Utah-based quartet's energy on the set contains plenty of get-up-and-go, but doesn't get too rowdy-a welcome departure from the all-hell-breaks-loose sound of some of its peers. Opener "Sins of My Youth" blends harmonic vocals with a pumping bassline, while the hand claps and cheery keyboard on lead single "Animal" implore listeners to indulge in frontman Tyler Glenn's request to "take a bite of my heart tonight." Neon Trees also show their ability to draw from the work of their contemporaries: The electric organ on "Our War" is similar to the 2008 tune "Dawn of the Dead" by British electro-pop outfit Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and the darker undertones heard on "Girls and Boys in School" echo the driving guitars of the Killers.

- Album Review


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