The Temper Trap Conditions

The Temper Trap Conditions

This is the wonderful debut album from four fun-loving natives of Melbourne, Australia. Packed with a big sound (they're already filling arenas in the land down under and the UK), uplifting melodies and characteristically friendly guitars, the pop rock on this album is done right. Front-man Dougy Mandagi's voice is noticeable for his long, drawn-out high notes; there is nothing out of place between him and other members Jonathon Aherne, Lorenzo Sillitto and Toby Dundas Michael Nixon. "Sweet Disposition," best known for its inclusion on the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack, boasts the nicest harmonies and teamwork, while "Fader" is just as worthy of a compilation appearance, with the contagious "Ooos" and guitar solos, and should have been the first single, rather than "Science of Fear." "Fools" is such a dead wringer for Radiohead it's almost scary, complete with fantastic drumming. The Temper Trap clearly have some great influences but have found their sound amongst the notes. (Universal)