Two Door Cinema Club
Tourist History


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
December 25th, 2011 | 14 replies | 2,955 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two Door Cinema are proving a band doesn't have to start out their career saving the world. Just saving themselves.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I normally don't like anything this "clean" sounding, but Tourist History is so undeniably catchy (the kind that subconsciously takes over your mind) that throughout its clean and safe runtime, it hardly matters. The melodies are clear and sharp, the rhythms effortlessly danceable, every little falsetto croon rings as nothing but charming. Two Door Cinema's sweet and innocent pop is as lovable as a couple of kittens; soft and cuddly but there's life in those little eyes, curious life.

It can also can be quite a layered sound Two Door Cinema produces, as evident in "Something Good Can Work", as pricks of melody float through an obscenely catchy chorus that eventually falls into a rhythm-vocal shout interchange that is as fun as it is endearing. It shows a maturity in their songwriting which is especially impressive considering this is their debut. "What You Know" is also another piece of indie-pop/rock goodness, the only complaint being is it doesn't go on forever. And there's nothing here that goes for too long, there's not enough ambition to fault anything, even though lack of ambition can intself be a fault. But not here: Tourist History isn't out to blow brains, it has its fun and goes to sleep as soon as the lights go out. It reminds me of a more comforting time, being younger and careless, but decisive.

It can also be quite funky. "Eat That Up, It's Good For You" is fast and friendly. It's probably also one of the more lyrically memorable songs on Tourist History, although that facet of this band is hard to come by on here. But perhaps their lyrics will grow as they do. It can get repetitive in the tempo department here, but there's really two ways to look at that: either they don't quite have enough ideas just yet, or they're being uncompromising and throwing caution to the wind. I'd like to believe it's the latter but I can't tell for sure.

Either way, Tourist History is a fun as hell listen, nothing flashy and catchy as all get-out. They're having fun, and it seems to me that's the most important thing about them. They're proving a band doesn't have to start out their career saving the world. Just saving themselves.



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't get the hype

tapitforever
December 26th 2011



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If it means anything, I found this album to be pretty average upon the first couple listens, but now I really enjoy almost every song on here with the exception of one, maybe two

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've given it 3 listens because last.fm kept giving em shoutouts but I'll try again I guess

Ire
December 26th 2011



41754 Comments


nice review sam i might not neg this time

iFghtffyrdmns
December 26th 2011



7047 Comments


Two Door Cinema's sweet and innocent pop is as lovable as a couple of kittens; soft and cuddly but there's life in those little eyes, curious life.

welp, I've got a boner.

good review kid, except this shit bores the fuck outta me

amandine
December 26th 2011



63 Comments


This band seems like they would be very NME/probably already are. This is catchy enough but sort of boring, and it doesn't help that my friend keeps trying to shove them down my throat - and just like an overly large cock it's rather unpleasant.

iFghtffyrdmns
December 26th 2011



7047 Comments


women always say that about mine too =/

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeh this band was very NME/ mainstream indie. Great record, though - and I'm not usually one for this simple jump about style.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2011



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good but so so irritating at the same time.

AggravatedYeti
December 26th 2011



7684 Comments


stfu sam

blacktube
December 27th 2011



4 Comments


isn't one of the tracks in 3 4? that's pretty daring but i don't know if they quite pulled it off, that song is very much "the one in 3 4" as in that's all that's special about it.

IfYouRun
February 15th 2012



291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Adore this album.

Island
February 15th 2012



577 Comments


too add to read a review about this whtas some bands that they sound like

quick or im gonna beat yur assess

Steoandnoodles
February 15th 2012



2832 Comments


Apparently they're working with a big name producer for album number two and that it's going to be 'bigger'.
My biggest complaint for this album aside from being a tad too similar to other bands was that it was soft.
New album sounds promising. =)



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