Album Review: Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club

Posted: June 9, 2010 in Album Reviews, The Music Reviews
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Norther Irish band rock outfit Two Door Cinema Club’s debut album entitled Tourist History attempts to further showcase the band’s array of musical talents that all contribute to some very lovely music. The 10-track-long LP boasts of guitar-driven tracks that may remind some of Bloc Party. Tourist History is a record that relies on consistency to keep it afloat and guess what, the results are absolutely magnificent.

Just like Delphic, Two Door Cinema Club manages to fuse with great ease rock elements with that of electronic leanings, forming a very sleek overall package in the process. Alex Trimble’s vocals are consistently great all throughout the record. Sam Halliday’s guitar help in attaining that infectious feeling that one hopes to see in the tracks included in the LP.

With every track being consistent, it must be said that the whole package is massively enjoyable. Every track shows off the band’s stunning musicality with great success. The band does show some facets in which they excel in every track. At one point, it would be the songwriting that excels then suddenly, it would be the guitar sound that shines. Hearing it altogether is simply fabulous.

Of course, there are the tracks that earned my total respect. Album opener Cigarettes in the Theater stands out for that spectacular trumpet solo. Do You Want It All lets one hear the band play in a slower pace yet the product ends up well. Something Good Can Work, after hearing Undercover Martyn endlessly before, surprisingly ends up as the best track for the LP. The track shows everything that the band needs in order to be successful. Does the song have amazing verses? Check. Does it have a very pleasurable chorus? A big check. Put all of this together with a great arrangement and what you get eventually is the LP’s most polished track.

The band frenetically pushes the pace up with Undercover Martyn. Such pace turns the track from something genetic into something ace. The band returns to their accustomed pace with What You Know. The guitar work blew out my mind yet again. I have said that some tracks showcase the band’s splendid songwriting and Eat That Up, It’s Good For You is the best example in explaining such. “You would look better if you wear less make-up.” Absolutely genius from the band, I must say.

Tourist History properly showcases what Two Door Cinema Club can do. The consistency in the band’s play is clearly evident in every track. It must be said that every track included in the LP is enjoyable and can be appreciated by everyone. I hope the band pushes themselves even more for their next record. The songwriting is there and the musicality is brilliant. Pushing such facets harder may lead the band into experiencing more greatness.

Best Track: Something Good Can Work
Other Recommended Tracks: Undercover Martyn, What You Know, Do You Want It All, Cigarettes In The Theater, and Eat That Up, It’s Good For You
Genre: Rock/Pop
Date Released: February 28, 2010
Label: Kitsune Music

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