Year of the Album — #085
The Trophy Fire – “Modern Hearts” (2011, Greyday)
The hooks might get them through the door, but Modern Hearts features music barely half as memorable as Trophy Fire thinks it is.
There’s a lot about the Trophy Fire’s Modern Hearts that I liked, and much of it lied in the strong musical hooks these songs offered up. But the album as a whole left me feeling cold, and it wasn’t just because the best song on the album was a cover of the Knife’s “Heartbeats.” In the end hooks alone aren’t enough to live by, and this blend of energetic alternapop came up short in the long run. You can read my entire review at PopMatters.