THE TEMPER TRAP "the temper trap"
second album from these guys from DownUnder...
i have the debut "conditions" from 2009...wasnt bad,wasnt great IMO, but was keen to hear what
they were up to with this new one...
nothing great or new in terms of musical development IMO but some nice tunes nonetheless that sometimes
border on the sounds of "alt giants" Coldplay...
all-up though, a nice album of half decent tunes that should get airplay on the radio when released
internationally, possibly with some mid-chart success...
my score for this one on a once off listen is 1.8
need your love
review from: Sydney Morning Herald
ALBUM OF THE WEEK: It's extremely difficult to have a hit debut album now. And if you do, as with Melbourne exports the Temper Trap, it's even harder to keep people's attention for the follow up.
IT'S extremely difficult to have a hit debut album now. And if you do, as with Melbourne exports the Temper Trap, it's even harder to keep people's attention for the follow up.
The past decade has seen a sea of one album wonders. Bands who took too long with a follow up, or played it too safe or too reactionary find themselves chart roadkill by album number three.
The Temper Trap have found a very delicate balance that moves their sound forward without self-sabotaging why the world fell in love with them. Wisely they haven't just lazily cloned their global calling card Sweet Disposition.
Even more smartly they've managed to write a song that will likely have just as big an impact in Trembling Hands. It's their emotionally-charged anthem-in-waiting poised to see them seduce the world. Again. Part Coldplay, part Unchained Melody, frontman Dougy Mandagi offers a near surgical record of a broken heart, the raw pain in his voice easy to relate to.
The powerful Miracle (which upholds their minimal, less-is-more approach) details being surrounded by newborns. Dreams also manages to be intimate but intense. And if you tire of him singing about a busted relationships, London's Burning is about a busted city, an eyewitness document of the London riots where they reveal the Clash feature in their musical DNA.
Producer Tony Hoffer (Beck) has swapped trademark chiming guitar for retro synths. Where Do We Go From Here is so bouncy you're distracted from a sad, resigned Mandagi. And while there's a rock swagger in Never Again, the keyboards give it an angry Duran Duran vibe.
Unlike their debut Conditions, this album requires repeated listening and patience before it charms you. But in taking just enough risks while still serving up a safety net in that all-important hit, the Temper Trap should have effectively protected themselves from that dreaded second album syndrome. Phew.
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