Following their alternative hit, “Animal”, from their debut LP Habits - a song that rocketed them into the them straight into the limelight back in 2010 – the group decided to take a step back and reevaluate their musical efforts.
You see, Neon Trees originally had aspirations to become much-buzzed about critical darlings of the hipster music scene (yawn). As frontman and lead singer Tyler Glenn told Rolling Stone:
“We wanted to be one of the bands like the Strokes, like the White Stripes, that kind of band, and have the blogs like us and have the music media write about us.”
Luckily, the group changed their tune* when it came to their next album.
Having shaken off that need to for acceptance by the “cool kids” seems to have worked well for the Neon Trees. “Everybody Talks” is joyfully infectious rock number, with a pulsing energy and slight throwback to an early 60s sound (think Motown meets indie rock). Glenn seems to have loosened up the reins quite a bit vocally and damn if he doesn’t sound like he has having miles more fun here. The catchiest part of the song is, of course, the chorus, and Glenn’s voice infuses the lyrics with the frenetic energy they need to really soar:
It started with a whisper
And that was when I kissed her
And then she made my lips hurt
I could hear the chit chat
Take me to your love shack
Mamas always gotta back track
When everybody talks babe
Sure, lyrically speaking, it’s a song about lust (even the album cover references Lolita) and how the meddling words of others can affect (or even completely hinder) relationships; but perhaps that layer of emotional honesty is what raises the song above other pop fluff. It’s an engaging number with a lot of kick, sure to sweep you off your feet.
*no pun intended, well…maybe just a little.