12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With staggeringly little fuss, Two Door Cinema Club spent a decade becoming one of Britain’s biggest bands. Their route: irrepressible indie choruses built for very large festival crowds, motivational gym playlists, and TV soundtracks. Their fourth album doesn’t reject the band’s USP but does mark a subtle evolution. Perhaps buoyed by their success subtly angling 2016’s Gameshow toward dance floors, here the band takes full gyrations. False Alarm is loose, alive, thoughtful, and enriched by interesting guest artists—Zimbabwean Afrofusion outfit Mokoomba and Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle—and crucially, none of it feels forced.

Supercharged singles “Talk” and “Satellite” will sit comfortably with the classics in their live set; “Break” (“from the McCartney school of songwriting,” singer Alex Trimble has said) is the most charming thing they’ve ever recorded, while the cowbell-rich and Talking Heads-indebted “Nice to See You” makes excellent use of a charismatic Open Mike Eagle verse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With staggeringly little fuss, Two Door Cinema Club spent a decade becoming one of Britain’s biggest bands. Their route: irrepressible indie choruses built for very large festival crowds, motivational gym playlists, and TV soundtracks. Their fourth album doesn’t reject the band’s USP but does mark a subtle evolution. Perhaps buoyed by their success subtly angling 2016’s Gameshow toward dance floors, here the band takes full gyrations. False Alarm is loose, alive, thoughtful, and enriched by interesting guest artists—Zimbabwean Afrofusion outfit Mokoomba and Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle—and crucially, none of it feels forced.

Supercharged singles “Talk” and “Satellite” will sit comfortably with the classics in their live set; “Break” (“from the McCartney school of songwriting,” singer Alex Trimble has said) is the most charming thing they’ve ever recorded, while the cowbell-rich and Talking Heads-indebted “Nice to See You” makes excellent use of a charismatic Open Mike Eagle verse.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

JonLochert ,

meh

Slightly better than gameshow was but still nothing compared to how great tourist history or beacon were. I understand that artists need to change and develop over the years, but in this case i would’ve rathered them stay the same. They're still lacking the high energy catchy guitar leads that made me like them to begin with. I wish they had been more consistent with their older sound on here. This album did have its moments, but not enough for me.

Love2havefun ,

Irish Pet Shop Boys

You didn’t ask for them, but the band has now morphed into an Irish version of the Pet Shop Boys. However, the Pet Shop Boys has more meaningful depth in lyrics. Frankly, I’d rather listen to the Pet Shop Boys (that’s not an insult; I do love the Pet Shop Boys, but not this shallow Two Door Cinema Club album). Call me when you incorporate more rock elements back into your songs and aren’t pandering to the clubs.

cjcana31 ,

Two Door Cinema Club does it again!!

Absolute geniuses! Love everything these boys put out!

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