The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. Jun 11, 2012
    I'm going to get one thing out of the way first. While Conditions is an amazing debut album from a great band, it's not your god. The world does not revolve around Conditions, nor does The Temper Trap. If you want Conditions, go lock yourself in a room for the rest of your life with a surround sound system and your very own mint condition CD copy of Conditions.

    Anyways, this album is a
    masterpiece. Doug and his crew have absolutely pushed their limits to create this album. With a vibrant and very beautiful new sound, The Temper Trap is, quite honestly, the best album I have ever heard in a very long time. Each song on this record is like a completely different experience each time. The band have notably also taken huge risks aswell, like introducing the 'poppiness' of today's music into their sound, which should be commended, considering how brilliant songs like "Need Your Love" and "Where Do We Go From Here" turned out. Songs like "Miracle" and "Rabbit Hole" are unbelievably well written and mastered, but then again you have "Trembling Hands". Don't know about you, but this song is now one of my absolute favourite songs, and you don't know how many songs I've listened to. This whole album, and "Trembling Hands" alone, is the absolute apex of all The Temper Trap and their producers' hard work and struggles, blending in the genius of Mandi's truly inspirational and sometimes striking lyrics, the grand result of the band's ability to rock up a good tune, Tony Hoffer's sensitive but brilliant producing skills, and of course, the band's equally problematic struggle to keep in touch with the world around them. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    First of all, this album is better than Conditions. I doubt anyone will agree with me on that but thats what I think. Its adventurous, bold, and it builds on the bands sound. They still keep the smooth, sweeping vocals of Sweet Disposition, and then add a little synth and grandeur. Dougy's vocals are amazing on here and more impressive then his vocals on Conditions. Some songs though can lose their magic and become a bit boring, such as This isn't Happiness and Never Again. The songs pack more up front and in-your-face emotion especially on tracks like Trembling Hands, The Sea Is Calling and Need Your Love. Altogether its grander, more emotional and far more impressive than their debut. A wonderful step up for the band. Expand

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
    {The Temper Trap] lose the sugar high on their eponymous second album. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
  2. Jul 25, 2012
    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
    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]