Two Door Cinema Club
Tourist History



by Tikicobra USER (7 Reviews)
September 24th, 2011 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A catchy and extremely promising debut from a band that deserves your attention.

One thing to get out of the way: I hate pop. It annoys me. But Two Door Cinema Club is more than just your average pop band. Their songs are peppy and upbeat without ever being cheesy, their lyrics are simple without being dumb, and the vocals are catchy. They’re the kind of band who could appeal to the masses without being annoying, and that’s a huge accomplishment in itself. No song on Tourist History is shockingly unique, but they all have their own identity, and you won’t find yourself forgetting which is which.

Okay, so Tourist History doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Two Door Cinema Club isn’t revolutionizing pop or alternative rock. But their music is catchy and entertaining enough that that’s perfectly forgivable, because even though they aren’t doing anything particularly new, the quality of the music here is good enough that you probably won’t notice or care. But despite not being extremely original, Two Door Cinema Club has a unique enough sound that I never found myself comparing them to any specific band.

Album opener “Cigarettes In the Theatre” is among the best the album has to offer, though in general the first half of the album is much weaker than the second. “Do You Want It All"” is a repetitive and somewhat annoying track that I generally find myself skipping over during listens, and it’s a similar story with “This Is the Life”, which is similarly structured and as a result is quite repetitive. Fortunately, the second half of the album makes up for those weak offerings with catchy tunes like “Undercover Martyn”, “I Can Talk” and “What You Know”. Songs like these are the band’s strength, with quick, twangy guitars and lyrics that mix the sound up enough to keep them interesting.

Despite some weak tracks, Tourist History is a fantastic debut that makes me excited for where the band will go next. The sound is already great, and it’ll be interesting to see how the band can expand on it and mature it a bit. I’d love to hear some more mature lyrics and slower songs mixed in with some of the quicker ones. Two Door Cinema Club has tons of potential, and for the most part it’s realized here, but with a bit more work they could really evolve into something big.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
September 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review, so cut me some slack. I've never reviewed an album before.

Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good for a 1st review TC. Nice length, easy to read & gets your point across clearly. It's a little too informal, but most 1st reviews are.

September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Good first review. I'll be the first to pos you ;)

Overall this is a pretty fun album.

Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

just saw these guys last night

Digging: Violents and Monica Martin - Awake and Pretty Much Sober

September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

It's a little too informal, but most 1st reviews are.

I never thought of being a bit informal as a bad thing, I really like reviews written that way more. It's more fun to read.

Still have to listen to this album in full...

September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

This album has grew to be probably my favourite album of the last yearish. Not the kind of thing i am usually into at all but this is awesome, was gonna review it myself just for fun but i think 2 is enough?

Also good review, flows well, easy to read and so on, however as pointed out, a teensy bit more description would be a good improvement. Nice one.

September 24th 2011


this rules. total girl slashing music.

just saw these guys last night

how were they? they kinda sucked when i saw em

September 24th 2011


Rocks hard

Digging: Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver

September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

great first review, made me want to check out the album

Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

they were good but my problem with this band is that every song sounds the same, especially live. their light show was sick tho

September 24th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the positive comments. I wasn't too sure about it so I'm glad it came out alright.

And yeah, these guys are pretty awesome. I'm really interested in seeing what their next album is like.

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