The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. Jun 8, 2012
    4
    Quite a disappointment. The album does start to pick up midway, but the main issue I have is that the Temper Trap do not play to their strengths, aka using their singer to his full ability. He's too restrained here, and a band like this whose sound honestly is a bit derivative, needs to take advantage of anything that sets it apart. There are way less melodic hooks, nothing near as strong as "soldier on" and "love lost." With so many other good releases now (Liars, Future of the Left, Japandroids), this will be forgotten. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2013
    3
    There is something rather underwhelming about this whole album. Although it presents us with two rather solid tracks, Need Your Love and Where Do We Go From Here?, the rest of the album falls rather flat. Perhaps Conditions was not as good as its reputation would suggest, but it's certainly better than this offering. The song London's Burning is one of the most cringe-worthy songs I've ever listened to. As a whole, a rather unmemorable bunch of tracks, which (excluding the two aforementioned stand-out songs) are at best forgettable and, at worst, dreadful. Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    1
    This album is so hopelessly depressing and disappointing that I would have been sad (and not a good sad like Soldier On) all day if it were not for the amazing timing of the new Hives album which is bombastically fantastic (but that's for another review). Did The Temper Trap forget how to write "songs"? There isn't anything that even comes close to the goodness of Love Lost or Sweet Disposition. Did they forget how to use their guitars? By the end of track 12 I wanted to murder myself. The first single had me worried and rightfully so. This album was crushingly disappointing. Oh and Terg your insane. Plain and Simple. Expand
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 22, 2012
    40
    {The Temper Trap] lose the sugar high on their eponymous second album. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
  2. Jul 25, 2012
    40
    Their instrumentation is not potent enough to overwhelm their poor lyrics, and their lead singer hasn't figured out how to use his voice in a way that moves masses.
  3. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    The Temper Trap are touched by the brilliance of Dougy Mandagi, a vocalist with a set of pipes so extraordinary he could emote a Twitter feed. [Jun 2012, p.112]