Foster the People Albums Ranked

Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. It currently consists of lead vocalist Mark Foster, lead guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis, and drummer Mark Pontius. Foster founded the band in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as a struggling musician and working as a commercial jingle writer. After Foster’s song “Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010, the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at music festivals. After releasing their debut album Torches in May 2011, “Pumped Up Kicks” became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid-2011 and eventually reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] The record also featured the singles “Helena Beat” and “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”. The group received three Grammy Award nominations for Torches and “Pumped Up Kicks”. After touring for two years in support of Torches, Foster the People released their second album, Supermodel, in March 2014. It was preceded by the lead single “Coming of Age”. In July 2017, the band released their third studio album, Sacred Hearts Club, with the addition of Isom Innis and Sean Cimino, both former touring members, to the official lineup. From this album, their song “Sit Next to Me” peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Here are all of Foster the People albums ranked.

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3. Sacred Hearts Club (2017)

“This album is honestly one of my favorites they’ve ever released (considering they have 3), but that’s not the point. All the songs on here (except Orange Dream, that one is freakin’ scary) are wonderful and really show how the guys have developed further into their own style, mixing it up a bit more with more mainstream sounds. I hope they don’t go too overboard with it and lose their style though.”

2. Supermodel (2014)

“Supermodel is definitely trippy. It’s carefully crafted, and it’ll take 50 listens to truly appreciate the intricate details. That being said, after just one listen, melodies for most tracks are catchy enough to easily remember. There’s something to be said about doing both of those things really well. Unlike a lot of “indie” or “alt” or whatever you want to label this type of music, these guys are trying to copy cat anyone. You’ll hear some songs that remind you of Radiohead’s early years, or MGMT, or M83, but this album is utterly unique in my opinion.”

1. Torches (2011)

“This is the first album that I have ever heard in my entire life that I liked from the first time listening to it. It delivers exactly what you expect after hearing the hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. The lyrics are deep, hidden, and intuitive if that makes sense but indeed they are thought provoking which puts me at ease in terms of the kind of subliminal message I get from the music I listen to. I love the album I really feel like I am rocking out without over doing it! Meaning it’s not club time 24/7 but it’s always Rock oUt time which is the vibe this album delivers!”