Album review: The Temper Trap - 'Conditions'

Mainstream rock with its heart in the right place

The Temper Trap spent the earliest part of this year teetering on the edge of most people’s tips for 2009 lists, but this debut should see the Melbourne quartet swiftly elevated above many who were initially placed higher than them. Produced by Jim Abbiss (he of ‘Whatever People Say I Am…’ fame), the likes of ‘Love Lost’ and single ‘Sweet Disposition’ employ the same echoing histrionics as ‘The Joshua Tree’, but with a charming, cooed falsetto taking the place of Bono’s odious bellow. ‘Soldier On’ and ‘Resurrection’ continue along this vein, pitching them as a more sussed Coldplay that it’s definitely OK to like. The Temper Trap relocated to london in may of this year in a bid to woo the uk: this is not a bad calling
card at all.

Hamish MacBain

Click here to get your copy of The Temper Trap's 'Conditions' from the Rough Trade shop.
8 / 10

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