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Beacon

Two Door Cinema Club Audio CD
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Mixing electronic polish with guitar-driven hooks à la Phoenix and the Postal Service, Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club feature singer/guitarist/programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist/singer Sam Halliday, and bassist/singer Kevin Baird. Trimble and Halliday met in school, and met Baird through mutual friends. The trio began playing as Two Door Cinema Club ... Read more in Amazon's Two Door Cinema Club Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kitsune
  • ASIN: B008D3LJ60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Next Year
2. Handshake
3. Wake Up
4. Sun
5. Someday
6. Sleep Alone
7. The World Is Watching (with Valentina)
8. Settle
9. Spring
10. Pyramid
11. Beacon

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Beacon is the sophomore album from indie darlings Two Door Cinema Club and includes the singles "Sleep Alone" and "Sun". The album was recorded in LA with famed producer Jacknife Lee.

BBC Review

Northern Ireland trio Two Door Cinema Club are in an interesting place. The cliché of the “difficult second album” often comes off the back of a stellar debut performance. However, the dents in the chart made by debut offering Tourist History, both in the UK and Ireland, were barely noticeable. Yet it spawned five singles, reached gold status, and even scooped the Choice Music Prize (essentially the Mercury Prize’s Irish cousin).

So with a quietly-assembled following ready and waiting for more – in unison this time – it’s up to follow-up Beacon to deliver with some noise. And while the jangly, highly-listenable indie-pop doesn’t quite attack its listeners, there’s an assured, upright confidence which sits in the place of Tourist History’s playful, quirky reticence, illustrated with conviction by the synthy pulse of Handshake and frenetic chords of Sleep Alone.

Alex Trimble’s surprise role as vocalist on Caliban’s Dream, arguably the showstopper of the London Olympic Opening Ceremony, showcased a surprising fragility. Look hard enough and you’ll find that here – Settle builds from a low, melodic hum into an entrancing crescendo, while the few moments of restraint throughout Pyramid serve to make its strident, more explosive components that much more successful. But largely, it’s business as usual on Beacon, turned up to its full-bodied indie setting to complement the marginally more studio-heavy backing.

Progression is noticeable, but it’s not an immense departure. And that’s a clever move – where Tourist History quietly chipped away in its performance, gradually infiltrating newer ears, Beacon takes all the greatest components of its predecessor, armour-plates them and gears itself up for a much more immediate impact.

But there’s far more to Beacon than just a straight comparison with its forbearer. What it does, above all else, is serve to strengthen Two Door Cinema Club as an entity, cementing what’s fair to call a unique sound. Beyond this, it could well provide an ideal platform to explore tangents, but here and now, it’s the mark of a band who know their sound, have a newfound confidence, and are well-equipped to do some serious damage to the chart this time around.

--Al Fox

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as their first album 19 Oct 2012
By Mrs A C
Format:Audio CD
This 2nd album is definitely not as catchy as their first and, although I've enjoyed the songs when I've played the album, I cannot remember any of them! The album is a bit 'samey' Usually after a few listens to an album I am singing songs from it in my head but I'll need to put this album on again and again to remember the songs! Strange! Maybe it's just one of those albums that needs to be played a lot to really grow on you and become familiar. Having said all that I do enjoy it when I listen to it and there are no disappointing tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the World IS Watching! 23 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
A shining light in a dull morass of music currently, this is a bit of slow starter but once you get to the awesome "Sun" you wake up and take notice that this band or onto something! "Someday" has great 80s guitars in it, "Sleep Alone" has so mnay different styles in it I cant keep up, and the real hidden gem toward the end is "Spring" which has a hugely catchy chorus and lovely almost Northern Soul/ early R and B harmonies. These are just the stand out tracks, none of the other songs are actually bad so you are likely to find yourself liking them all at some point.

This is a very very consistent album. It avoids completely Second Album Syndrome, its only a small step musically from their first but enough that they don't stand still. The production is also very good. My only problem with it is I would like some of the songs to be a bit longer though, unfortunately I didnt get the remix album version, and you find yourself singing along just as the track stops. Sun and Spring could easily run to 5 minutes and not become boring.

A band destined for greatness with this album i think, certainly judged by the sell out Tour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids don't know 4 Oct 2012
By Johna28
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Listened to this when me kids had it playing in the car
Not sure what they would think of Dad buying their music, but it brilliant. Great for working out to
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC SECOND ALBUM!!! 4 Sep 2012
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I loved Tourist History and I think Two Door's second album Beacon is amazingly just as good. Such catchy songs and beautiful vocals from Alex. Every song grows on you with each play, my favourites being "wake up", "Someday" and "Sun" but really there are no weak tracks on this album. Cannot recommend this enough, it's my album of the year so far - buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Growing up too fast 30 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I recently discovered TDCC while investigating bands who are classed as part of the 80's New Wave revival. My first exposure was the 80's inspired video for the remarkably catchy "What You Know". I watched a few more of their videos and promptly ran out and purchased both of their albums. I liked the nerdy school kid look with the upbeat and catchy hooks. I'm so happy to see these returning to music.

But the problem with "Beacon" is that the band, who are still clearly remarkably young, are making far too much of an effort to grow up. While some of the songs on this second album are very good, very few are great. The debut single, "Sleep Alone", is definitely the best song on the album. But the second single, "Sun", is the dullest bit of blandness the band has produced, and shows them already going down Adult Contemporary boredom street. And then you get something as vile as "The World is Watching" to add to the horror. The strongest songs are towards the beginning with the catchy "Handshake" and "Wake Up", while the other somewhat pleasant background songs, such as "Settle" and "Spring", are saved for later in the album.

TDCC need to step back and realize that the fun of their debut album should not be disposed of so soon in favor of being a more "respectable" and mature Alternative band. I'm in my early forties and feel that these kids are quickly aging beyond my years. I hope this is just their sophomore slump, and album number 3 will have a revisiting of their original excitement. I can't stand all of the usual cattle-written customer reviews raving about a new album when it's clearly inferior. I see that enough when Kate Bush releases a new album of snore-worthy material, only to have masses praise it as her best. In this case, this album is definitely NOT the best.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 6 Sep 2012
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I really wanted to love this album as much as the 1st album. But, its a bit slow and somber. They have lost their up-beat catchy tempo and replaced it with a slower, more chilled out style. Not really what I was expecting... Ah well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Door Cinema Club ~ Beacon Deluxe 6 Jun 2014
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Buy it! Buy it!! Buy it!!! But get the Deluxe version which has their Live in Brixton album!! I thank the day my son introduced me to TDCC. Hey I'm 58 and have never been so impressed by any band, ever! These guys are amazing. Put it on repeat & just leave it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Jan 2014
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Brilliant album, which led to concert tickets, band even better live. Always on. Arrived as described and within time scales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Bought this album after hearing them advertised on the TV and I fell in love with their music, definitely would recommend
Published 7 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Beacon - Two door cinema club
This is exactly what I needed. The picture on the front of the cover, is very interesting - good concept
Published 7 months ago by Jenny McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great....
This is another great album from this Irish band. It is one that I find myself listening to on a daily basis. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cúchullain
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas present
my daughter absolutely loves Two Door Cinema Club and has been raving about this album for ages - stocking filler sorted x
Published 8 months ago by Sharon Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the in December
My daughters love this group and I am taking them to their concert in December so to get in tune and familiar I bought this cd I really like it looking forward to singing along... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. D. L. Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre!
I guess it suits some people but I loved their previous album so much that this one did nothing for me!
Published 8 months ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated.
Saw them on Galsto TV and instant fan at 50+. Just a terrific album and the start of a new collection.
Published 9 months ago by PBR
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Quickly received and in excellent condition, thank you. Would buy from this seller again and would recommend him as well.
Published 10 months ago by Mr Fraser Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Two Door Cinema Club are an amazing band and there music always seems to have life, the only reason this is 4 stars is that it's not quite as god as their debut, but to be honest... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Great albulm
I saw these guys on the Glastonbury highlights and found I had heard and liked more of their songs than I realised. I loved the tracks upbeat and good fun. Read more
Published 10 months ago by F Ashby
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