The Temper Trap – Thick As Thieves

A forgettable return from a group capable of better...

The Temper Trap’s debut may never make any ‘Albums To Own Before You Die’ lists but for certain group of people, during a certain summer, it made a shimmering accompaniment to many a happy memory boasted by (the still stonking) ‘Sweet Disposition’ and Dougy Mandagi’s impressive vocals.

Sadly this Instagram-filtered memory has now truly been crushed by the offensively uninspired ‘Thick As Thieves’. Be it their decision to work with outside songwriters, a fine move for Beyonce not so much for an indie outfit, or their time touring alongside huge stadium acts, the group have delivered eleven tracks of Anthemic-Light™.

At worst, it’s forgettable – at others, it’s actually annoying in its repetition, as seen with ‘Burn’ and ‘Riverina’. Matters are made worse when occasionally the listener is given moments of respite; a subtle and soothing melody before being buried under yet another overproduced chorus.

We’re not expecting the kind of intellectual musing as seen from fellow Aussie Nick Cave but, by lord, we know that somewhere, deep inside, there’s an ability to make a great alt-pop number. An anthem, even. There’s enough Coldplays in the world TTT – focus on what makes you special, as this is sadly shocking.


Words: Sam Walker-Smart

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