I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this album was one of the most anticipated albums of this month.
Two Door Cinema Club, one of the best bands of the late 2000’s indie explosion, staple at every indie club night, danceable, well-written pop music with that little something extra.
If you expected something similar to the synthy joy you’re used to … well … I’d say you’re shit outta luck.
Gameshow is nothing like classic Tourist History or Two Door Cinema Club’s follow-up Beacon. The first track Are We Ready (Wreck) fools you into thinking it is, though. It sounds like their old sound, plucky guitars and the shimmery synths that make you dance a little in your seat, with a new twist on it. But when Bad Decisions start playing it leaves you disoriented.
On one hand, because it’s something they’ve never done before, on the other because there’s this funk bass and then the high-pitched vocals that you remind you more of the Scissor Sisters or the Bee Gees than the cool, mellow tones you’re used to.
And that’s what the album is from then on. There’s a lot of funk, more disco fever, some vocal melodies that remind you of glam rock bands. Fever gives off some kind of metal musical vibes before it gets lost in some kind of John Travolta-esque disco fever and finally loses itself in lacklustre vocals. Invincible sounds like a song you’d hear on an 80s/90s throwback radio programme on Valentine’s Day and, just like Good Morning, is so pretentiously whiny that it makes you cringe.
The overall theme of the album seems to be a mixture of all things 80s/90s pop, wildly combined into something that only leaves room to be surprised by the odd, often non-compatible, mix of influences. Most songs are too long for the often grating synths and high-pitched vocals, which are repeated endlessly.
The album provides us with some catchy songs with cheap hooks you wouldn’t mind hearing in a club at some kind of noughties night because listening to it on headphones just ends up giving you a headache. Falling flat on production and missing the mark that, for example, the 1975 hit with their album this year, it’s an overall very disappointing and underwhelming experience.
Maybe it seems so shockingly bad in comparison to the innovative yet simple Two Door Cinema Club from a few years ago. It seems more like a shameless exploitation of literally every element used three decades ago. It’s music the world doesn’t need.