Tourist History - Two Door Cinema Club
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  • Summary: The Northern Ireland duo who remixed the Phoenix track "Lasso" releases its first full-length album produced by Eliot James.
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  1. Front and centre is impressive guitar work; the band’s got a knack for writing spring-loaded hooks that build into beautiful shoegaze-inspired swells.
  2. Overall, this is a fine debut album that does exactly what it says on the tin. While they won't win any points for innovation, Two Door Cinema Club are going to find their way into a lot of people's hearts during 2010.
  3. Their debut album is a short, sharp shock to the system. Yeah, they may look like a band that would steal your library books rather than your girlfriend, but that just makes us love them even more.
  4. While invention may not be a going concern, Two Door Cinema Club have proven on their maiden voyage that they jolly well know how to sway a crowd with infective pop gems and seemingly little sweat.
  5. Two Door Cinema Club show sporadic flashes of greatness and have an overall standard of songwriting which places them among the better new bands in the UK.
  6. There are some fiendishly catchy hooks and very occasionally a real quality to some of the songwriting, enough to suggest that there are better things to come from the young trio once simply aping the already done-to-death genre du jour has finally lost its appeal.
  7. Tourist History is heavy on big vocal melodies, jumpy guitar attack, and over all jubilance. [Spring 2010, p.66]

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  1. Jul 21, 2012
    This music makes my mood more better! So this album shows us an example of indie rock music. It's impossible not listened to every song 3-4 times or more! Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2011
    Very good cd! I was really surprised when i decided to "acquire" the cd. Great sound and lyrics. Very catchy tunes, I would recommend this to just about anyone Expand
  3. CalebL.
    Apr 13, 2010
    What more could you want? Hooky riffs and exciting melodies. You can dance your way through the entire album.
  4. Oct 9, 2011
    Even with just one album, this beautiful "Tourist History", we can almost say that TDCC is the most promising indie-rock band that showed for this days. Electric guitars, akward lyrics and a different voice made this debut came out with pearls like "Something Good Can Work", "I Can Talk" and "Undercover Martyn", and just show the claws of this great band. Another thing to watch on. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2012
    Two Door Cinema Club's barely awaited debut is fully of innovative riffs and sounds that captivate the ear like no other. There isn't much to speak of in way of vocals, but they are a nice enough necessity to the album that keep the instruments rolling.
    The album starts with the roaring "Cigarettes in the Theater," where the dynamically ranged pace and inflection lead us into the album in a more compelling way then you'd think. "Come Back Home" has a lot of the sounds that make the album more unique towards the album's end, but it's a little lacking in lyrics. Still, the sliding electric guitar is engendering to a delicious set of melodies. The following track, "Do You Want It All," is the band's anthem, per sa. The soaring chorus and lead up to a drop like riff is enjoyable enough. "This is the Life" follows suit in the style of approach, too, and is probably the most disappointing on the album: a good hook is nowhere to be found and the lyrics are dry as glue. My favorite of the album, "Something Good Can Work" recovers from the lackluster prior track, singing an addictive pop chorus of quickly spoken lines and the slip slap instruments leading up are quite well done. "I Can Talk" is a rival for the album's centerpiece, where the fastest beat of the album is slapped around my hard lyrics. It's fast and fun, just what the album needs from the slew of maybe slower songs presented earlier. "Undercover Martyn" is perhaps... 'confusing' in a word. The lyrics don't seem to work with each other, but the drums and rhythms supplement again an ingenious guitar riff, especially in the chorus. "What You Know" takes a different road, being the biggest pop song on the album, and thus the lead single. It's a lot of fun to listen to, you'll be quickly sucked in by the guitar and stay in for the danceable lyrics. The closing tracks are perhaps a little grim for the band, well, grim in their own way, which is still a fast paces rhythms with seemingly bright lyrics. "Eat That Up It's Good For You" is my favorite of the closing songs, writing of a relatable character with some nice electronic influences. "You're Not Stubborn" is made up of the familiar riffs, but the repetitively seems to drag it down for a mediocre finale. All in all it's a great album. Quick, entertaining and even lyrically sound, Two Door Cinema Club truly does know what they're doing, and this album is an open door to a continued career. I look forward to whatever they do next.
  6. Jun 12, 2012
    Very well put together deubt record from indie pop guitar band. A few of the singles off of this were used for a few different adverts so the record sounded pretty familiar to me even on my first listen. It's a good record - not sure how durable it will be but its a very accessible record. At it's core is basic indie guitar music with some very sleek production behind it. The tunes are good and there are no tracks that you'd want to skip over. It's like throwing Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol together and getting the best bits of both bands without the poorer elements. Time will tell if this band can go any further than this but really enjoyed their debut effort. Expand
  7. May 13, 2011
    This album is catchy, but all the drum beats are basically the same. For a first album it works, but I'll be interested to see if the next expands the sound. Expand

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