Not releasing an album in nearly half a decade either makes people antsy, or struggles to keep them interested. When it comes time, it’s the artists who stick out that makes the most push for people’s pleasure. As Two Door Cinema Club presents its latest album, Gameshow, the past may be the best time to resonate the band’s success. It’s like wandering into an attraction that has been out of service for several years. Due to inactivity, the resurrected band is no longer an outbreak of repartee. Instead, they linger inside the massive framework of hit-and-miss dance-pop.
The band poised some critically acclaimed masterpieces on their previous album, Beacon. Those tracks were embedded with guitar riffs and sold to audiences because of its anthemic qualities that bore some simplistic causality. “The World is Watching” drew me in right away due to the ambient posture, simplistic beats and core guitar throbs. If people really want a some crumbs to follow, they need to look back to a familiar ‘beacon’. I see a disfigured horizontal line connecting the second album with the first. Honestly, the album has far too many quirks and sing-a-long tracks for anyone to compliment.
“Are We Ready” introduces some wishful thinking. The opener hits the recall button to instigate some familiarity, though the chanting mid-song choir represents a majorly overdone fault. The song makes a transition from slow to high velocity, which adds little character. I’m not sure of where the band wants to navigate us from that first track. I can see multiple inclinations towards the 80s pop and dance routines. This connection hits on the rest of the album in multiple spots, but I don’t believe it to be a personal touch that the band was desperately needing. They remind me of lazy individuals who claim to be working hard while sipping overpriced alcohol through a straw on a cruise liner. Two Door Cinema Club is neither interesting, nor do they prove that they can contend with the likes of Daft Punk.
“Invincible” holds up some dignity as the wavering 15 track deluxe edition hits its prime. The overall measures of the song drift away from the jazz-filled chorus structure that frontman Alex Trimble keeps at the epicenter of Gameshow. The song lifts to a peak during the chorus, as the synth and guitar hit in syncopation. It’s a kind gesture to Passion Pit’s intact, anthemic and maximum synthesizers.
This radio ready inventory of songs adds more demerits to the outfit than was necessary. The Irish natives have no way of climbing out of this abyss unless they start compelling people with the notion that they are coming with more personal care. However, as many criticisms this may get, Gameshow is professionally done. I will give it that, because it deserves some kind words for the leadership in production, but it shows major deviation toward uninteresting patterns of pop, where many people need therapy from the overdose. The band is young. They may crawl out of the hole.
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