Conditions - The Temper Trap
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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the Australian band was produced by Jim Abbiss.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The Temper Trap relocated to london in May of this year in a bid to woo the uk: this is not a bad calling card at all.
  2. There's nothing here that's going to surprise anyone in the slightest, but this is sleekly produced, brilliantly written and expertly executed radio fodder.
  3. Being pretty much wrinkle free, Conditions sets the bar high for a followup that doesn’t sound like more of the same. However, throughout the album, we are thrown morsels of the quartet’s potential to escape from being typecast.
  4. With a more conventional singer, they might sound a little prosaic, but for now this is music with a thrilling otherness.
  5. Impeccably produced, Conditions is a legitimate contender for debut album of 2009.
  6. Conditions runs out of juice during its second half, where the anthems of the A-side give way to minor-key ballads and middling rock.
  7. What the Temper Trap do devastatingly well is drape post-office-party mistake-hookup tackiness in the lofty imagery of global struggle....Elsewhere, the Temper Trap's pairing of sweeping portentousness with mundane douchebaggery is trickier to overlook.
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  1. SteveJ
    Oct 17, 2009
    10
    Awesome, awesome band. "Resurrection" is epic.
  2. MarcosS.
    Oct 24, 2009
    9
    Great little album, that pitchfork review is rubbish.
  3. JoeY
    Nov 18, 2009
    9
    WOW what a voice! Superb album. The first track Love Lost has more passion in a song than I have heard all year. Soldier On is a personal favourite.
  4. IanB
    Oct 15, 2009
    8
    Pitchfork wtf??? "...sweeping portentousness with mundane douchebaggery" Get over yourself.
  5. Feb 18, 2012
    8
    The Temper Trap have crafted a surprisingly well debut album. Dougy Mandagi's vocals are something to get lost in. It's unlike any other albumThe Temper Trap have crafted a surprisingly well debut album. Dougy Mandagi's vocals are something to get lost in. It's unlike any other album I've listened too. "Sweet Disposition" is the best track on the album. All In All, The Temper Trap are a surprisingly great band and Conditions is a wonderful record. B+ Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2011
    8
    The songs Fader, Sweet Disposition and Down River are well worth a listen and the singer really brings something different. Hope they stayThe songs Fader, Sweet Disposition and Down River are well worth a listen and the singer really brings something different. Hope they stay around longer. Expand
  7. DustinC
    Oct 16, 2009
    6
    music sounds like Coldplay. Album cover looks like Soundgarden. Singer sounds...surprisingly unique?

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