The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - — Gra­ham Am­brose

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.

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