Picture Show "I'm sick of people saying rock & roll is dead," frontman Tyler Glenn laments on the angsty "Teenage Sounds." Indeed, the Utah quartet — discovered,… Picture Show "I'm sick of people saying rock & roll is dead," frontman Tyler Glenn laments on the angsty "Teenage Sounds." Indeed, the Utah quartet — discovered,… 2012-04-17 Neon Trees Rock Mercury
Music Review

Picture Show (2012)

EMPTY 'SHOW' The Utah bands disjointed attempts to make a dent in the rock scene fall short
EMPTY 'SHOW' The Utah bands disjointed attempts to make a dent in the rock scene fall short
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Apr 17, 2012; Lead Performance: Neon Trees; Genre: Rock; Production: Mercury

''I'm sick of people saying rock & roll is dead,'' frontman Tyler Glenn laments on the angsty ''Teenage Sounds.'' Indeed, the Utah quartet — discovered, tellingly, by the Killers — seem to have arrived too late. Picture Show's mixed bag of angular post-punk, moody synths, and blasts of mainstream rock (see ''Everybody Talks'') doesn't quite have the wit, charm, or cool of its aughties touchstones. What remains is a handful of good-enough offerings to fill the ''rock'' spot on pop radio between fun. and Maroon 5 songs. C+

Best Tracks:
Hit Everybody Talks
The CW-ready Still Young

Originally posted Apr 11, 2012 Published in issue #1203-1204 Apr 20, 2012 Order article reprints