Thick as Thieves

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Emily Ritchie

The Tem­per Trap Lib­er­a­tion

Aussie rock band the Tem­per Trap has rein­vented its sound with this lat­est re­lease, Thick as Thieves. It’s a ro­bust al­bum full of at­ti­tude, a change for the band that earned in­ter­na­tional ac­claim with wist­ful pop-rock tunes such as Sweet Dis­po­si­tion. While some tracks pack a punch with heavy, rhyth­mic at­tack (in­clud­ing Thick as Thieves and Alive), this al­bum com­bines the best as­pects of its pre­de­ces­sors, the clas­sic rock of de­but Con­di­tions (2009) with the pop-synth vibes of self-ti­tled The Tem­per Trap (2012). Tunes such as Sum­mer’s Al­most Gone and What If I’m Wrong high­light this com­bi­na­tion; they hum with del­i­cate elec­tronic em­bel­lish­ments and eerie har­monies but are driven by com­mand­ing drumbeats and puls­ing gui­tar riffs. The trademark falsetto of lead singer Dougy Mandagi re­mains a pleas­ing con­stant. Thick as Thieves is the band’s first re­lease in four years and, hav­ing suf­fered the de­par­ture of gui­tarist Lorenzo Sil­litto in 2013, it’s clear the band has taken the time to re­group and nur­ture its sound. Be­fore lis­ten­ing I ques­tioned whether the Tem­per Trap had per­haps passed its peak, but stand­out tunes such as Burn, Lost and Fall To­gether con­vince oth­er­wise; they fea­ture catchy melodies rem­i­nis­cent of any clas­sic rock an­them. Although this is a de­par­ture from its pre­vi­ous work, it is clear the Tem­per Trap has far more to of­fer than just its sweet dis­po­si­tion.

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