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Conditions [CD]

The Temper Trap Audio CD
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Whichever angle it’s viewed from, whether a 20,000-strong singalong throng in Melbourne, through the smoggy haze of West Hollywood or from the window of Dougy Mandagi’s flat overlooking the riot zone in Hackney, The Temper Trap’s 2009 debut ‘Conditions’ was a roaraway success. Propelled by the omniscience of a song called ‘Sweet Disposition’, the album ... Read more in Amazon's The Temper Trap Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B002CMLN7S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Love Lost 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rest 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet Disposition 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Down River 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Soldier On 5:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fader 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fools 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Resurrection 5:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Science of Fear 4:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Drum Song 3:220.79  Buy MP3 

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Australian four-piece Temper Trap cooked up the bulk of this debut in their native Melbourne, before hotfooting it to East London and establishing a base from which to add some spit and polish, and launch their bid for UK domination. Four months later and Conditions arrives, with the help of Infectious and popular producer Jim Abbiss - apparently talked into the project by his enthusiastic, and rather persistent wife.

Having found their way precociously into this year's popularity polls, the band have already drawn comparisons with all and sundry. But rather than hinting at weakness, the eclectic range of cultural touchstones on offer here suggest an uninhibited approach to songwriting.

Dougy Mandagi's falsetto vocal provides the axis around which the rest of the band revolves, displayed both in the often unintelligible Love Lost through to the likes of sing-along synth pop Fader.

The Temper Trap definitely like a good climax. Many of the tracks here finish unforeseeably imposing, whether building slowly as with the plaintive Rest, or thrusting magnificently for broke like the laden strains of Soldier On.

Frustration and anticipation ooze from Resurrection, both musically tense and vocally exquisite. Drum Song sees out the album with an instrumental farewell which, while obviously revolving around the stick-wielding skills of Toby Dundas, also gives guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto a platform on which to prove his own riffing dexterity.

Single Science Of Fear is, by far, the most immediate track on the album; its insistent refrain: ''brakes on, brakes on'', lodging itself firmly in the psyche and refusing to budge.

Sillitto sums up the Trap as a ''soul jazz exploration'', which may or may not have been a fey stab at a repeatable soundbite. A less marketable, but equally accurate description is blooming enjoyable pop music. --Keira Burgess

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CD Infectious Records, INFECT102CD, 2009 10 Track

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conditions 22 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came to the music of The Temper Trap, as I'm sure many others have, off the back of `Sweet Disposition' and it has quickly become one of my favourite albums of the year. In fact it is never out of my stereo at the moment. From the opening track `Love Lost' you know you are in for a real treat and this album doesn't let you down at all. This band have their own unique sound and the singer has very distinctive and original vocals, but if you enjoy bands like Death Cab For Cutie then I recommend this album and think it will be right up your street. `Sweet Disposition' is a very strong track and the way it builds with the underlying jangly guitar really adds to it's impact and power. But more subtle tracks like `Soldier On' have real nuance and show the breadth of this bands talents. I also love the chorus of `Science of Fear` which keeps driving the song forward and makes you want to sing along with it full belt. The last track `Drum Song' is instrumental and whilst raw, is a great way to end this album. I could quite easily wax lyrical about this album but suffice it to say that it is original, has excellent song writing and would well benefit you to take a listen. It is one of those life enhancing albums and I can't recommend it enough.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, provocative, soaring sounds 10 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
A uniquely tuned voice, lead singer Dougy Mandagi could be one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from Australia in years. Supported by a great outfit that gives The Temper Trap an atmospheric, polished sound, they are without doubt my favourite band to emerge in 2009. They were amazing at Glastonbury, then again at Love Box, and now the album's out and it's bloody terrific. Sweet Disposition sounds like it's been sung by sentient beings in orbit above the earth, it feels so expansive and universal. Love Lost makes hairs stand up on your arms and stop what you're doing to listen. Fader storms down the highway like a drag racer powered by pure willpower, with some wonderful backing vocals.
Sometimes the lyrics seem slightly bonkers, and more than a little obtuse, but with a sound this great - I don't mind a bit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Temper Trap -

There has been a trickle of Australian bands coming through to Britain over recent
years such as: The Vines, Youth Group and Wolfmother. No doubt there are more
which have fallen below my radar or I have forgotten about, but one band which
grabbed my attention was The Temper Trap. I bought this album in December 2009 after hearing, `Sweet Disposition' on MTV2. At the same time I bought the White lies debut album and I have to say I listened to TTT once, thought it was ok but it didnt really leap out at me. White lies on the other hand, I listened to, non-stop for the next 2 months. Then I went back to TTT, to see if I had missed anything. Listen by listen,this album grew and grew on me and continues to grow, to this day.

The Temper Trap have these deep grooves to give their songs a dance feel but at
the same time have this chilled out vibe that you can totally get lost in. It is just a totally refreshing sound and I can see why they are one of the most talked about acts right now. Furthermore, `Conditions' is a solid debut album with the only weak track being track 7 `Fools'. Well I call it weak but I think the real reason it is weak is what came before it. If `Fools' was anywhere else it would probably sound a lot better. The problem is `Fader' the sixth track is absolutely awesome and although the benchmark is set pretty high for the rest of the album, this track cranks it up another notch. Maybe another reason for the weak sounding seventh track is that there is such a difference in tempo between the two tracks; Fader being really upbeat and Fools being more downbeat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 14 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep it short...one of the best albums I've heard in 2009!
A beautiful and sometimes haunting sound that you just won't be able to get enough of. From Fader through to Soldier On and the wonderful Sweet Disposition, this album is pure quality
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality band from oz 9 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
I came across The Temper Trap about 4 months ago when they released their debut single. Had the new album about a month now, as i ordered it direct from oz. If you like a band where all members can 'really' play their instruments and adapt from acoustic to stadium rock at the click of a finger - then you will love the temper trap.

Def one for the future !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure If Its a passing phase 8 Jan 2011
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I came to this band as a result of the Center Parcs Tv advert ... I spent a while on YouTube trying to find out what the music was and it turned out to be Sweet Disposition ....possibly the catchiest track I have heard in a couple of years. So I listened to the album and in a way it reminds me of Melody AM by Royksopp ... not in sound but in the way that it is refreshingly different. Having heard it a few times I have to say I do like it .... will Temper Trap fade from my buying habits like Royksopp have? Only time will tell but this is a pretty good album from a band that seems prepared to do its own thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Never heard of band before until I heard one of their songs on the radio. Very good CD, will be looking to buy more from them.
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listened to it continuously for months in the car. reminds me of so many different things. they're really an undervalued band.
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Beautiful! S u p er. L o v e l y. A t h e m i c Q u a l i ty
Published 15 months ago by spotts
4.0 out of 5 stars That theme from the advert again!
Pop with a bit of class but its all a matter of taste. Got for my girlfriend as she liked the advert.
Published 15 months ago by thomastick
5.0 out of 5 stars Centre Parcs advert creates new fan!
Liked track on Center Parcs ad (Sweet Disposition). Bought the album on the strength of it. Now wonder how I The Temper Trap could have passed me by in the first place. Read more
Published 16 months ago by g0g0girl
5.0 out of 5 stars An album you could listen to over and over and over again
This is quite an anthemic album, and every song has a stand-out quality in it's own way. I don't think there is anything average about 'Conditions'

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Published 18 months ago by mrs christmas
4.0 out of 5 stars Conditions
Delivered today, I am now on my second play. A chance purchase on the strength of a TV ad sample, and the fact that they have at least been around for a while. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LTO
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