Thick as Thieves
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.