The Temper Trap, 'Conditions' (Liberation/Glassnote)

Critical Mass

by Jon Young

Launched in Melbourne and based in London, these excitable lads draw obvious inspiration from U2's grandeur but add enough of their own charm to make such arena-majestic sounds seem almost fresh. Indonesian frontman Dougy Mandagi's high, piercing voice would be ideal for house music, and simple tunes like "Sweet Disposition" (heard in [500] Days of Summer) and "Fader" feel closer to rough dance floor sketches than finished songs. But the thrilling, wide-eyed energy of "Science of Fear" and the relentless, beat-crazed instrumental "Drum Song" will ease your darkest moods.



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