• 31
  • 728

The Temper Trap – TheTemper Trap

Image For The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap have climbed incredibly high and incredibly fast in the remarkable few years following their previous album Conditions. After a spell in the United Kingdom and a highly touted live circuit around Australia, we’re greeted with a second, self-titled, album.

Lead singer Dougy Mandagi takes a more conservative vocal route on this album, with lead single Need Your Love not reaching soaring falsetto tones, but instead letting the lyrics swell the hearts of listeners. This is the first of several standout tracks on the album. The second is Where Do We Go from Here, which sports a low vocal harmony underpinning a dreamy aquatic guitar and synth part. Rabbit Hole is a clear highlight of the album and captures that feeling of having all lost control in three short minutes of indie pop calamity.

Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly obvious how disappointingly unambitious some of the songs are. It all seems a little one note; perhaps best exemplified by the very constrained note range on Dreams before it suddenly swells to a climax in the final minute. Trembling Hands also tackles the band’s festival sing-along sound with somewhat lifeless lyrics. This is not to say that songs like these are bad, just underwhelming. This won’t bother everyone though, and the good tracks will make fine additions to Temper Trap’s live arsenal.

Inevitably with an album like this, fans and newcomers will no doubt expect sweet somethings that mimic the first album’s interstellar pop sound, but with the added drawcard of more anathematic choruses to coincide with a band suddenly able to fill up stadiums with screaming, adoring fans.

Comments

www.fasterlouder.com.au arrow left
44918
lukey26

lukey26 said on the 1st Jun, 2012

Biggest disappointment of 2012, it seems that in going in a new direction they've lost the heart that made Conditions such an impressive debut. I'm all for bands trying something different and performing in soundscapes outside their comfort zone, but maybe save it for the third album, especially when the pressure for a step-up sophomore is on.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 1st Jun, 2012



Translate: I'm all for bands doing what they want to do, but only when its convenient for me, not when they want to do it.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 1st Jun, 2012

In his defence, he is a Very Important Person.

grattan

grattan said on the 1st Jun, 2012



Attn all bands: The second album is for reassuring the fanbase that it's all just business as usual. Save any changes or new ideas for the third album.

KrissiBassi

KrissiBassi said on the 1st Jun, 2012

po-faced crap is po-faced crap, regardless of a fans appropriation of the musical direction of their beloved band.

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 1st Jun, 2012

"I'm all for bands doing what they want to do, but only when its convenient for me, not when they want to do it."

Way to completely twist my words. They took a gamble to do something different and in my opinion, it hasn't worked in their favour. I just think it's dull.

Quicky

Quicky said on the 1st Jun, 2012

There are a few good songs on The Temper Trap but overall it doesn't have the soul, ambition and essentially the killer vibe heard on Conditions.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 2nd Jun, 2012

the Triple J One Night Stand was called off before The Temper Trap even made it on stage. i think they were mid way through the 360 set when the rain got too heavy for them to continue.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 2nd Jun, 2012

So many hurt-butts on facebook. Has provided some lolage for a quiet Saturday night.

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 3rd Jun, 2012



Lol shit I didn't know this happened if only it was before the 360 set though

01seb

01seb said on the 3rd Jun, 2012

Pretty pissed I went all the way out there for Temper Trap only to be cancelled.

On the positive side Stonefield were rad and I only had to listen to 1/3 of 360's set instead of the whole thing.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 3rd Jun, 2012

Even mother nature hates 360.

cozza147

cozza147 said on the 3rd Jun, 2012

Very underwhelming album

knate

knate said on the 4th Jun, 2012

My Jury is out so far

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 4th Jun, 2012

The girl i'm on clinical placement with at the moment came in this morning saying how awesome 360 was and how she was cut he got called off...

If I thought I hated her before, then I definitely do now...

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Pretty pissed I went all the way out there for Temper Trap only to be cancelled.

On the positive side Stonefield were rad and I only had to listen to 1/3 of 360's set instead of the whole thing.

So you only caught 120?

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 6th Jun, 2012

I must be the only one that actually like this album.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 6th Jun, 2012

I didn't mind it, only listened to it a couple of times though

Blasted

Blasted said on the 6th Jun, 2012



Nah I'm with you Tyler think the album is well done and enjoyed the stream from SOH, think there is a lot more to come from these guys.

01seb

01seb said on the 6th Jun, 2012

I like it a lot. Just as good as Conditions for me. Now I just need to finally see them live!

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 6th Jun, 2012

That sucks about One Night Stand

edit:

Listening to the album again now and I really do like it, but I think the album's a bit too long for my liking.

Just my personal preference, but I find albums easier to listen to if the songs are shorter, it's all a bit too much to take on in one sitting.

shazie

shazie said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Haven't listened to it too many times yet but I've been enjoying the album as well

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 6th Jun, 2012

'Rabbit Hole' is definitely my favourite track. Bit of a banger.

shazie

shazie said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Great track.

"The Trouble With Pain" is also one of my favourite tracks from it at the moment.

01seb

01seb said on the 6th Jun, 2012

Trembling Hands and The Sea is calling are the 2 gems for me.

squiffy

squiffy said on the 6th Jun, 2012

that sucks about one night stand

edit:

listening to the album again now and i really do like it, but i think the album's a bit too long for my liking.

just my personal preference, but i find albums easier to listen to if the songs are shorter, it's all a bit too much to take on in one sitting.

agree that 10-12 songs would've been brilliant.

could have done without i'm gonna wait, where do we go from here and dreams.

favourite songs are: miracle, london's burning and rabbit hole.

Quicky

Quicky said on the 18th Jun, 2012

After 12-13 good listens I'm really starting to enjoy The Temper Trap. Its not as unique as Conditions but it's still just as fantastic.