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Friday, 27 May 2011

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History LP (2010)

It's rare for an 'Into the Valley' review to damn an artist with feint praise, but there's a first time for everything. They come with a growing reputation on the indie circuit but this is little better than 'just about OK' standard. It's the familiar white boys with guitars, generic, jangly indie with little to differentiate it from the pack other than its complete ordinariness. That's not to say that there's not odd bits to engage you on the album; 'What you know' is uptempo and catchy and 'Something Good Can Work' is direct with some singalong potential. However, if you like this kind of stuff there are so many other groups that do it so much better. Death Cab for Cutie, Editors, Whtitest Boy Alive and even Hot Chip produce music in a similar vein but manage to stamp their own identity on proceedings. If you want something a bit different, this is not one for your playlist.

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