The Bottom Line
Neon Trees are back with the first single from their upcoming second album Picture Show. It bears similarity to their breakthrough hit "Animal," but the overall feel is looser, more confident, and a band clearly in control of their craft. If radio programmers are listening, this should be another big hit for Neon Trees.
- Uptempo, infectious energy
- Tyler Glenn's aggressive vocal performance
- Singalong melody
- Nothing wrong here
- Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen
- From the album 'Picture Show'
- Released December 2011 by Mercury Records
Guide Review - Neon Trees - "Everybody Talks"
Utah's Neon Trees broke into the pop mainstream last year with the double platinum certified single "Animal." Reportedly, the group were listening to a lot of early 60s pop when they came up with the new single "Everybody Talks." The influence is obvious in vocal harmonies that kick off the song, but by the time the chorus kicks in it is unmistakably Neon Trees.
Neon Trees' lead vocalist Tyler Glenn has said the band were a bit caught up in wanting to be the darlings of hip bloggers and critics when they began work on their first album. That status never really came to be, but the band became more successful than they ever imagined. Now, in approaching their second album, they have loosened up. The new attitude shows on "Everybody Talks" with a bubbling, nearly frenetic, energy that is let loose on the song. That energy is contagious and you will likely be singing along by the end of "Everybody Talks."
One of the most impressive feats of Neon Trees' "Animal" was that it managed to be a major hit across multiple radio formats from adult contemporary to rock, alternative, and dance. "Everybody Talks" remains delightfully free of specific format constraints. This is a song that will work with a very wide audience. A purchase is highly recommended, and, along the way, call your favorite radio station and place a request.