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Neon Trees' 'Pop Psychology' review: Album packs pop with personal meaning

Neon Trees' "Pop Psychology" features pop music with

Neon Trees' "Pop Psychology" features pop music with personal meaning. Credit: Island / Mercury

Neon Trees conquered the re-creation of the buzz and energy of '80s new wave years ago, with their smash singles "Animal" and "Everybody Talks." But on the Provo, Utah, quartet's third album, "Pop Psychology" (Island), singer Tyler Glenn and friends graduate to channeling the angst of the time as well. On the current hit "Sleeping With a Friend," and for much of the album, there is deeper emotional subtext as well as candy-coated catchiness. Neon Trees also branch out into other retro areas, updating The Strokes in the jumpy "Text Me in the Morning" and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in the lovely "Voices in the Halls."


"Pop Psychology"


BOTTOM LINE Packing pop with deeper personal meaning.

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