Studio Album by released in 2009
Conditions's tracklist:
Love Lost
Sweet Disposition
Down River
Soldier On
Science of Fear
Drum Song

Conditions review

Everything is just getting started for The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap is the Australian four-piece consisting of vocalist and guitarist Dougy Mandagi, bassist Jonathon Aherne, lead guitarist and keyboardist Lorenzo Sillitto and drummer Toby Dundas. The guys have formed the band quite recently, already in the new millennium, and got a wider fame after performing at Musexpo in London in October 2008 and then at another concert several months later some people already recognized them. The audience appreciated at once their stadium rock compositions, not devoid of pop music’s lightness, the instruments harmonious sounding and the charismatic front man’s recognizable falsetto vocals. This summer The Temper Trap finally releases its debut full length Conditions, preceded by the first single Science Of Fear which has already been estimated as it deserves by many a listener fond of a qualitative indie-material. No doubt, the album Conditions will prove to be among the year’s best rock releases, and everything is just getting started for The Temper Trap – one can easily expect more pleasant surprises after such a promising debut.

A splendid collection of powerful rock compositions and softer ballads

Although the album Conditions is comparatively small offering ten tracks only, each of them contains something of its own and as a result we have a splendid collection of powerful rock compositions and softer ballads and not a single ounce of filler. The album opens with an impressive song Love Lost, telling of the time coming after a breakup, and its a bit blue mood is continued on rather a sad and slower composition Rest. One of the record’s highlights Sweet Disposition conquers from the very first second with the entire team’s amazing work while the track Down River does not at once gain momentum but at its best moments it is really able to rock your imagination due to the powerful energy and contagious rhythm. A most beautiful love ballad Soldier On is the longest track on the record – it lacks just some seconds to full six minute length but it can be by no means called boring as its wonderful love lyrics is full of vivid imagery and unexpected metaphors. One should especially note a bright and memorable song Fader among more dynamic numbers, with a chorus which is sure to linger in your mind for a week after a couple of listenings. Another ballad a bit shorter than six minutes Resurrection is a bit reminiscent of Coldplay works but this resemblance by no means prevents the track from being original and unique. The single Science Of Fear proves to be the brightest example of a melodious singing and tough rock accompaniment’s harmonious combination, and the album closer is a compositio with a speaking title Drum Song on which Toby Dundas and Lorenzo Sillitto demonstrate what they are really able to do.

Young Australian indie rock with pop elements

Everyone knows that Australia has given the world a lot of talents and the fact seems to be that the ocean and a hot climate do not prevent its citizens from developing their creative skills. Yet as strange as it may seem there are not too many indie-collectives among them, and The Temper Trap has proudly added itself to their number. They already call the band one of the best genre representatives in the past several years, and this praise is quite deserved. Yet the album Conditions will tell you everything itslef – you will find all the indie-band’s essential success components on it. One should add that The Temper Trap has invited Jim Abbiss to produce the album, the man who worked with such projects as UNKLE and Arctic Monkeys and the young pop-star Adele so you can be sure that all the arrangements and the sound on the whole are carried out on the highest level here. As for the album’s contents its general atmosphere can be called quite depressive and melancholic – it classic for indie-rock but it also has some moments lightened with hope and sense of humour. So listen and enjoy the fresh, stylish and cool music dish called young Australian indie rock with pop elements.

Alexandra Zachernovskaya (31.08.2009)
Rate review3.78
Total votes - 28

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