Album Review: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

“Tourist History” by Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club, in a lot of respects is another one of those wordy, nasal-core type bands (Postal Service, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats) that educated whites tend to like. The enjoyment of nasally vocals and Prius ownership are probably highly correlated. The only difference between TDCC and these other bands is that they are really dancey. In short, "Tourist History" kind of sounds like if Tokyo Police Club and Death Cab For Cutie had some strange love child. The mutant result takes a little bit of getting used to but is surprisingly enjoyable.

Deep down most of the tracks tend to take the tone of those heavier long-winded type bands but maintain the relatively effective front of being a frenetic dance rock number. “Undercover Martyn” is probably my favorite track on the album. It’s got a really memorable/haunting hook and blends rock, pop and electronic sounds nicely. Also, its got this unidentifiable fast-paced clicky noise in the beat that adds a bit of flair. “What You Know” is the next song and seems like the most “dance floor ready” song on the album. The high pitched guitar riffs are reminiscent of “Minus the Bear’s” better stuff, and the track has just the right amount of cowbell. “Eat that up” is another pleasant but lighter track. The ‘your better without him gurrrrl’ type jam starts out with the mildly cheesy but usually true line “Well you would look a little better if you just wore less makeup“. Less rock and more electronic then a lot of the album, it’s songs like this where you can see some obvious Postal Service influence. Overall, I think that Tourist History blends opposing styles and emotions pretty smoothly and I think that the album will offer something enjoyable for fans of electro, pop, and nasaly voices alike.

What You Know

Undercover Martyn

Eat that up, It’s good for you MP3

Tourist History 3.5 out of 5

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