Picture Show (album)

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Picture Show
Studio album by Neon Trees
Released April 17, 2012
Genre Pop rock,[1] new wave
Length 46:30
Label Mercury
Producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Neon Trees chronology
Habits
(2010)
Picture Show
(2012)
Pop Psychology
(2014)
Deluxe Edition
Singles from Picture Show
  1. "Everybody Talks"
    Released: December 20, 2011
  2. "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)"
    Released: September 4, 2012
  3. "Weekend"
    Released: February 11, 2013

Picture Show is the second studio album by Neon Trees. The lead single, "Everybody Talks", was released on December 20, 2011, and the album was released on April 17, 2012.[2] The music video for "Everybody Talks" was released on March 8, 2012.

On March 15, 2012 an interview with Neon Trees stated that Picture Show would have 11 tracks and 4 bonus tracks.[3] On March 19, the cover art for Picture Show was released,[4] and on March 27, the cover art for the deluxe edition was revealed on their livestream appearance, along with confirmation of a vinyl version that will available for the deluxe edition.

The album was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, mixed by Billy Bush and engineered by Carlos de la Garza, Billy Bush and Greg Collins. It was mastered by Joe LaPorta.[1][5]

"Everybody Talks" was used in the Homeland episode "Q&A". The episode aired on October 28, 2012.

"Moving in the Dark" was used in the NCIS episode "Namesake". The episode aired on October 30, 2012.

Promotion[edit]

The band released their lead single, "Everybody Talks" in December 2011 and a video followed in early March 2012. The single has currently peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the top 20 of 7 other major charts on Billboard.

The band also went on tour with AWOLNATION across the country, and has toured college campuses/festivals alone.

As of now, Neon Trees has the album up on their site, FameIsDead.com, along with some "promotional posters" for each of the tracks. You can also listen to the album on the streaming service Spotify, and the service SoundCloud.

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at number 77 in Canada,[6] and number 17 on the United States Billboard 200. Picture Show received generally mixed to positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 7 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[7] Billboard gave the album a mixed review, saying that Neon Trees were successful in keeping their new album similar to its predecessor, Habits, but their experimenting did not pay off (with songs like, "Trust" that last over 6 minutes).[8] Similarly, Rolling Stone gave the album 3 stars out of 5, also saying that, "Four of its last five tracks exceed five minutes. Neon Trees clearly hope there's life beyond bubblegum".[9] Entertainment Weekly similarly gave the album a C+ grade.[10] Absolute Punk gave the album an 80% rating. Also, Artistdirect.com gave the album a positive review, and mentioned the song, "I Am the DJ" as a standout track.

Track listing[edit]

[11]

All songs written and composed by Tyler Glenn, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Moving in the Dark" (Glenn, Tim Pagnotta) 3:02
2. "Teenage Sounds"   4:22
3. "Everybody Talks" (Glenn, Pagnotta) 2:57
4. "Mad Love"   3:10
5. "Weekend" (Glenn, Pagnotta, Branden Campbell, Christopher Allen, Elaine Bradley) 4:35
6. "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)" (Glenn, Campbell, Allen, Bradley, Ryan Raddon, Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock) (feat. Kaskade) 3:43
7. "Trust"   6:05
8. "Close to You"   5:05
9. "Hooray for Hollywood" (Glenn, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz) 3:13
10. "Still Young"   5:04
11. "I Am the D.J. [includes Hidden Outro]" (Glenn, Hollander, Katz) 5:14
Total length:
59:01

Personnel[edit]

Neon Trees

  • Tyler Glenn – lead vocals, background vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, programming
  • Branden Campbell – bass, background vocals
  • Christopher Allen – guitars, background vocals
  • Elaine Bradley – drums, percussion, background vocals, lead vocals on "Mad Love"

Additional Musicians

  • Justin Meldal Johnsen – guitars, keyboards, background vocals, programming, percussion
  • Carlos de la Garza – percussion
  • Kaskade – additional vocals & production on "Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)"

Horn Section

  • David Ralicke – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
  • Jordan Katz – trumpet
  • Steve Baxter – trombone

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States April 17, 2012
Australia April 20, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic Picture Show Credits
  2. ^ "Neon Trees - Picture Show Teaser One / The New Album APRIL 17TH". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Neon Trees Interview w/ 987FM at SXSW 2012: part2". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Neon Trees Album Cover - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ ARTISTdirect Picture Show Credits
  6. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Picture Show Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Neon Trees, 'Picture Show'". Billboard.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ By Chuck Eddy (2012-05-08). "Picture Show | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ Reviewed by Ray Rahman (2012-04-13). "Picture Show review - Neon Trees Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Picture Show: Neon Trees: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Picture Show (Deluxe Edition): Neon Trees: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Picture Show (Deluxe Edition) by Neon Trees". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-07-31.