Two Door Cinema Club -Beacon
Thu 27th Sep, 2012 in Music Reviews
It’s clear that Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club did not allow the success of debut album, Tourist History, to go to their heads. Follow-up, Beacon, emphasises the band’s indie-pop sensibilities, proving more ambitious than its predecessor.
From the spluttering synth-like guitar intro of ‘Next Year’, it’s evident that Beacon is not a departure from the band’s sound, but a logical progression. Virtually all tracks are radio-friendly: Pop hooks, driving bass and Alex Trimble’s unassuming vocals creating a contagious optimism, most notably on ‘Handshake’. However, ‘Sleep Alone’ feels too convenient a lead single – there are other tracks with much greater depth, such as ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Someday’. Not a change in direction, but an album brimming with newfound confidence and enthusiasm.