In their first official album under Mercury Records, Habits, Neon Trees gives listeners a little bit of pop, a little bit of rock, and a whole lot of love. The album approaches love from nearly every angle; it covers past love, current passion, along with the udder desire to be with someone right now. “Animal,” the first single of the album and “1983” both take on a very up tempo melody with pop accents that is probably best comparable to that of Metro Station. Other songs on the album range from slower, more traditional love songs to basic drums and guitar rock tracks. A sleeper on the album may be “In the Next Room” which with some light keyboard in the verses takes on a smooth jazz feel as a nice change of pace.
A glaring strength of Neon Trees is their energy, for even on slower paced songs lead vocalist Tyler Glenn keeps the listener involved in the story he is telling. This ability allows the songs to become more than just dance floor anthems; they become well crafted short stories of love and life. However, offering a CD comprised of only eight songs turns out to be both a blessing and a curse for Neon Trees. The relatively short track list ensured that each was well done and none seemed to simply fill space but, ultimately it’s easy to feel a longing for more songs to listen. One can only hope that the once small band from Provo, Utah will indulge that wish and keep making music.
For more information on Neon Trees check them out on MySpace and get their album Habits on now!