Foster The People, “Sacred Hearts Club”
In the smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People gave adolescents of the aughts an anthem that seemed to capture the restless disquiet of growing up in the age of social media. The indie pop group has milked international fame from that largely top-heavy first record, which contains a few salvageable B-sides. Six years later, “Sacred Hearts Club,” Foster The People’s third album, fails to match the vigor of its debut. Though the group cites inspiration in psychedelic music of the ’60s, the album’s about as trippy as a Shania Twain concert. Most tracks seem not sure whether they want to be played at a rave or at the mall, where forgettable pop ballads make a killing. Foster the People will continue to tour, sell out shows, and make a pretty penny off its derivative yet recognizable brand of pop rock. Still, that’s not reason enough to get pumped up about old, worn out kicks.