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2.7

The Temper Trap
Conditions

I have been let down more than once in my life.

Like the time in year five when we were promised ice cream after the 'completion' of (Catholic) sex education class but instead just received countless mental scars that would cost about $10,000 of therapy to undo. Or the time I asked the barber for an undercut but instead was tricked and given a 'step'. Or there was even the time my lady told me she wasn't pregnant. No little Jonny's running around. Nobody to carry the flame, live my dreams through and blame my lack of social life on. It bummed me out for weeks.

The music world is full of similar disappointments. Like this record, which was made by a band that only a few years ago I never would have imagined would be anywhere near such a theatrical mess. The Temper Trap (Version 1.0) perfectly balanced youthful energy with genuine pop sensibility. Their debut self-titled EP exploded with life, featuring four pleasant punches of purely innocent lo-fi rock. They also had a sound all their own, built off a unique combination of sloppy guitars and the frighteningly powerful vocals of frontman Dougy Mandagi.

But this album ditches their strong foundation, with the group choosing instead to build their new and freshly polished sound on top of the corpses of the millions that have been bored to death by Bono and Chris Martin. This is stadium rock without the stadium. It's overly dramatic yet void of any genuine sense of emotion. It's the kind of record that sounds as though it was cooked up in a strategy meeting, ticking all of the boxes that equate to something being deemed a success. It's an 'independent masterpiece' in the modern world where Pepsi has trademarked the word 'indie' and perfection is determined by how many festivals you get booked on and the number of press release quotes you can squeeze from old friends who owe you a reach-around.

Sorry. I think I lost you in all that gabble.

Purely and simply then. Well, firstly, for a large chunk of the album it's hard to even find the actual songs. The hooks are pretty much non-existent, the majority of the track seemingly continuing because nobody in the studio manned up, hit the stop button and pulled everyone together for a re-group and/or Metallica therapy hug.

It's not a complete 'dead horse out the back with a rifle in the mouth' kind of record though. The lead single, Sweet Disposition, is fantastically composed, with the dramatic fluctuations combining well with the multitude of underlying scattered musical details that give it an extra level of substance. It's a rare moment however on a record that stands up on a ledge and threatens to show you what it's made of, but doesn't actually show any inkling of the balls required to take it there.

While I hardly expected The Temper Trap to stay 'a little band from Melbourne' forever I certainly didn't expect them to get involved with this kind of silliness and, although I imagined the initial sour taste of this record to pass over time, it hasn't. Conditions is the kind of record that sounds more pointless, forced and overcooked on every listen.

This is definitely a negative pregnancy test kind of record.

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Comments

quack

yep. on the mark as usual. exactly my thoughts.

1 decade ago

troyox

Yep, as usual you are bang on, Sweet dispo is such a brilliant song, its all downhill from there, pathetic album. What a waste

1 decade ago

Remmy

That was one negative review... I almost feel sorry for the Temper Trap... almost. Maybe the Album is a grower?

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Ha, that is one of the most dreadful reviews I have ever read. Utter, utter $hit. Check your pulse pal, I think you're probably dead.

Personally i think this album is pretty good. Some fantastic tunes but a few very mediocre ones for sure. But 2.6?!! What??! I have no interest in picking apart your review as it stinks from top to bottom. However, it speaks volumes that you rate Dinosaur Jr's 'Farm' as n 8.2!! Ha ha ha, 8.2!! I bought this album and immediately snapped it in half as it was singularly one of the worst albums I ever had the misfortune to purchase. It's like 1 hour long brain drain, awful, truly awful, an album for deadbeats.

But what really got me was your 10.0 rating for Mint Chicks's 'Screens'. That is just unbelievable. My engineer fried had a demo of theirs 18 months ago and stated it was one of the worst thinngs he'd heard for years. Forget writing reviews pal, get on stage, you're funnier than anyone I know, ha ha, brilliant!!

Keep up the good work..




1 decade ago

donny

"I bought this album and immediately snapped it in half"

PICS???

1 decade ago

Kripy

STREET TEAM!

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Could'nt agree more, and i know alot of people who feel the same way. The temper trap equals rehashed boring music. Glad to see not everyone follows trends just because the bigwigs tell you to. Another six months and you'll never here of them again. Who ever said they are the best band to come out of Australia in the last ten years, i think needs to listen to some original hard earned musical talent instead of figures.

1 decade ago

Remmy

Shit, more TT hate...

Who was the best Australian band of the last 10 Years?

I guess Jet was the biggest... But who was the best???

It would have to be Thirsty Merc wouldn't it??

:)

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Worst review EVER!!! "Fox T Heiser" you said it all thank you!

1 decade ago

josh.o

BOTTTTTTT! Will the real Josh plz stand up?!

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Hey how come this band wont get the picture?? They are so so so so overrated, noone cares about them in Australia. Stay overseas, i guess thats why they left in the first place alot more suckers over there.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

One time a few months ago we were on the same bill as TT and I asked Dougy to play that "My Son" song and he said no, and that they couldn't even remember how to play it even if they wanted to. This got me thinking that there can only be one logical reason for it and their change to stadium rock... They have been Brainwashed!

And who by?

None other than the lord of stadium rock himself BONO!

Bono is secretly brainwashing acts around the world turning them into succesful stadium rock 'drone' bands to make ton's of money which they then pay to him to fund his plan to take over Africa .....and then the world.

Think of who the last good band bono talked to that are now a big boring stadium act...
http://www.smh.com.au/news/gig-reviews/kings-of-leon/2006/01/18/1137553633172.html

Then there was Muse who are now continuing down the stadium stage.
http://consequenceofsound.net/2009/03/24/u2-taps-muse-as-tour-opener/

And we've all seen what he did to coldplay (come on! they were alright. that album with shiver on it was pretty good...)

With TT getting so much NME hype its only a matter of time before they reviel the truth about their connection to bono..... and by then it will be too late.... maybe... well probably not.

Also Fox, Mint Chicks: Screens is an awesome album. Its the most unique thing to come out in ages, get a hearing aid grandpa you're getting left in the past.

I need a new job.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Oh yeah, this band sucked my dick so well that i invited them back for seconds and they loved it again. Never met such a money hungry deprived bunch of tossers in my life. But hey, like every real punter and musician can tell out there around around the world. They love sucking cocks.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

I met the lead singer the other day, and oh my god i have never met a bigger tosser in my life. How far can your head be stuck up your own arse. Total loser..Just like the band. 0/10

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Bible bashing bullshit hype corporate cocksucking fake music stealing losers.

1 decade ago

brownie

Poor Luser.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Temper Trap are crap. Air Supply made better music They are total posers, absolutely no originality.

1 decade ago

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