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Tourist History CD
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The 2010 album from the Irish trio, including the singles 'Something Good Can Work', 'I Can Talk' and 'Undercover Martyn'.
The album is undeniably Pop, but draws on disparate elements including Electronica/Electro, Rock and Afrobeats whilst remaining resolutely fresh and inventive. Pigeon-holing this band will be impossible. The only constant between songs is the length of them: short, sharp and sweet. The songs average out at a Pop-perfect 3 minutes. They received the auspicious nod from the BBC after being named as one of the 15 acts on the BBC Soundpoll for 2010 as well as the album featuring in numerous end of year reviews.
Bangor trio Two Door Cinema Club have a penchant for naming their songs with what sound like chapter titles from an awful self-help book.
The Northern Irish boys are apparently less crooked than an avaricious motivational guru yet are happy to pepper their debut with tunes called Do You Want It All, This Is the Life and Something Good Can Work. These monikers tend to suggest a certain authoritative, even dogmatic approach to making music, and there is evidence of discipline in the musical content. Each song on Tourist History is between two-and-a-half and four minutes long, and all have a punchy directness.
Erstwhile Paul Epworth protégé Elliot James can take a degree of responsibility for this with his production work. Kevin Baird’s bass is always prominent, with impressive XTC-influenced work on Cigarettes in the Theatre and a tidy Stranglers-evoking turn on Come Back Home. What You Know, one of the album’s best moments, is another triumph of bass, but also contains vocalist Alex Trimble’s most emotive vocal and guitarist Sam Halliday’s most spindly high-register riffs.
Rather unfortunately, there is a huge Bloc Party-shaped elephant in the speakers, and not much originality here. Although BP and Editors are the most obvious forebears, listeners may also be reminded of Radiohead in the days when they were more interested in rocking than doing maths.
Still, there is comfort to be had from familiarity. And more importantly there are plenty of great tunes here. Eat That Up, It’s Good For You begins with the superb words, “You would look a little better… if you just wore less make up”. Undercover Martyn, meanwhile, includes the delightful phrase, “She spoke words that would melt in your hands”. As for second single I Can Talk, it’s nothing less than stunning; an inspired blend of melody and pugnacious drive that recalls The Futureheads at their absolute best.
Two Door Cinema Club show sporadic flashes of greatness and have an overall standard of songwriting which places them among the better new bands in the UK. They should build on this, and try out some new ideas when making their second album. --Lou Thomas
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Top Customer Reviews
To keep it short and sweet - it is worth the wait and the hype.
It will not win 'album of the year' but is a good example of modern 'indie' pop if I am allowed to use 'indie' and 'pop' in the same sentence.
10 very catchy and melodic tracks and you can pick up some 'influences' but I have promised myself that I will not compare bands as it annoys me when new bands are stuck with unfair comparisons early in their career.
With this and the albums from White Rabbits and Los Campesinos it has been a canny start to 2010 - hope it continues!
Well done lads!
Recommending a certain type of band or music is like buying perfume for someone you've never actually met - a total shot in the dark, but if you like some of the stuff they have been doing recently then this album is really worth getting especially at the current Amazon prices.
My fav tracks have got to be (amongst others) 'Undercover martyn' 'This is the life' and the air guitar inducing 'What you know'.
I made me wonder why it has taken me so long to catch on.......?
The songs on Tourist History's guitar riffs coupled with the angel-like voice of Alex Trimble make for the perfect album. It grips you from start to finish.
The best song in my opinion is 'Something Good Can Work' which is catchy and fast-paced. The chorus is fun to sing along to due to it's speed and tongue-twisting nature.
This album is perfect for anyone, like me, who can't deal with slow music!
The only downside to this album would be the fact that all the songs sound the same, but I wouldn't call that a problem because the style that Two Door Cinema Club have come up with is unique and perfect.
I only wish there were more bands that sound as great as this one does!
A few years ago, I used to be sceptical about the state of modern music. But with this album, I am sorry I had to wait so many years for Two Door Cinema Club to arrive. Tourist History simply demolishes modern classics such as OK Computer - and nearly everything else out there today.
It's easy to write a downbeat set of songs, but it's actually a lot harder to write upbeat, positive songs that genuinely punch their weight. That's why this album is such a stunning success. It's a real treat for your spirits. I really admire the way this band have managed to harness the power of a positive attitude, creating a life-affirming album. I truly hope they get the recognition they deserve.
I actually bought this album after hearing 'This is the life', so if you want to get a good idea of what you can enjoy here, it's a good place to start. Looking at Tourist History as a whole, I'm not sure if this is better described as an album, or a manifesto of how modern music should sound. Every song on here is a winner - they are not just good, they are each individually brilliant.
If you thought contemporary music was out of ideas - buy this album. The music is as good as it has ever been! Thank you Two Door Cinema Club.
Please be advised that I have been following live bands since Led Zep's first London gig,thru' punk,indie, to today. I have not rated TDCC lightly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
got this as a present for a friend she loved it. perfect condition.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
album is great however the album cover is not the same as the one in the picture which is quite disappointingPublished 6 months ago by Nathan
Brilliant album, can't believe I only just got around to buying it after listening to it for so long on YouTube!Published 14 months ago by Charlotte