Neon Trees – Habits Neon Trees – Habits

We all have guilty pleasures in life, especially you. Yes, you. It’s that category that consists of actions and attractions that, by all indications of your typical sensibilities, you should despise…but you don’t, and you don’t know why. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Look around you. Your best friend, your brother, your girlfriend, your mom – they all have guilty pleasures, too. Get your mind out of the gutter, sicko, that’s your mom! This is a music website. We’re talking about music.

But this isn’t about you and your twisted, demented, unjustifiable music taste, it’s about mine. Accurately entitled Habits, Neon Trees’ debut full-length album fits perfectly and embarrassingly into my ‘guilty pleasures’ category and has quite appropriately become a degenerative habit. My ‘guilty pleasures’ category generally consists of artists and music that is so poppy and catchy and polished as to make my ears curl inside out like a mouth when it tastes Sour Patch Kids. The Killers are one such band. The Killers are horrible. I think they actually called themselves The Killers to avoid being killed for their terrible, terrible music. Ironically, however, Neon Trees got their first popularity boost by touring with The Killers, signed with their first major label (Mercury Records) with the help of The Killers drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and their music is often compared to that of The Killers, rightfully so. So why don’t I hate them like I hate The Killers? The answer is that’s just how much The Killers suck. Especially their lyrics. Terrible, terrible, aweful lyrics…ugh.

Here’s a tip for all of you guilty pleasure indulgers: admitting your love for the utterly abhorrent is the first step to justifying it. So here I am, admitting it, now here I go, justifying it. My first and foremost reason for liking Habits is that it fits one of my top criteria for favorable albums – the single is not the best song. In fact the single, ‘Animal’, is my least favorite song on the album. The rest of the album, while embodying all of the polished pop that makes my scrotum twitch, has just enough edge, just the right flow of pace and just enough sprinkling of dysphoric lyrics contrasting sickeningly-yet-endearingly euphoric music to keep me listening, and listening…over and over and over and over again. What can I say, I’m an addict. Guilty as charged.

The Point: If you like The Killers, you will like this album. If you hate The Killers with every fiber of your being, you still might like this album.

Habits Track Listing:

  1. Sins Of My Youth
  2. Love And Affection
  3. Animal
  4. Your Surrender
  5. 1983
  6. Girls And Boys In School
  7. In The Next Room
  8. Our War
Neon Trees - Habits, reviewed by Wedsie on 2010-07-05T10:22:38-07:00 rating 3.2 out of 5

One Response about “Neon Trees – Habits”

  • Ben A. says:

    It’s obvious you have some sort of personal vendetta against The Killers. How do you expect to be a credible music reviewer when you say things like The Killers have “Terrible, terrible, aweful lyrics”? Which by the way you spelled awful incorrectly. Have you even heard songs such as “Read My Mind”, “Sweet Talk”, “A Dustland Fairytale”? Have you ever seen their electric live performances; it’s clear they pour every ounce of passion into it!

    It’s fine when you say you hate TK’s music, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just don’t write that BS about something you clearly know nothing about; you have an influence on other people opinions so be smarter than that!

    As far as the Neon Trees album “Habits”, I agree it’s a surprisingly good album. My favorite track is “1983”, it brings me back to my childhood days; makes me want to find a pretty girl and dance the night away. The album has a good fun loving music (1983, Animal,) and also a sentimental track (Our War). I give “Habits” 3.5 out of 5 stars.