Two Door Cinema Club: Beacon
Two Door Cinema Club
Alternative & IndieRock
The thing about drugs, though, is that their feel-good effects are temporary. Their instant gratification leaves you standing empty-handed when the rush is over; the same is true for Two Door Cinema Club’s music. As soon as their final beats grow silent, their songs instantly become a distant memory, only to be revived when you listen to their music again.
If you shuffle the songs of both albums, it would be impossible to pinpoint which song belongs on what album. They are practically interchangeable. It’s all upbeat, happy, sing-along-after-only-one-spin tunes, despite vocalist Alex Trimble’s semi-philosophical teen angst lyrics; ‘He needs no army where he’s headed/‘cause he knows that they’re just ghosts’, from ‘Sleep Alone’ is a prime example of this. Even worse, it is difficult to differentiate between songs in themselves, let alone what album they are on.
‘The World is Watching’ is another feeble attempt at breaking the typical Two Door Cinema mould with its sweet sounding female background choir, string section and guitar melody reminiscent of African music.
But that really is as exciting as its going to get. Overall, Two Door Cinema Club have failed to permanently satisfy, just like drugs eventually will.