tempertrapconditions

“Anthemic” and “soaring” are two words most frequently used to describe the Temper Trap’s fantastic debut album, Conditions. And while both are certainly true, I prefer to say that the buzzy Australian band’s songs are so utterly charming and earnest that being this disarmed by your own smile should come with a warning sticker. Cloyingly sweet, I know, but once lead single “Sweet Disposition” washes over you like early-morning sun rays, and Dougy Mandagi’s humdinger of a vox commands all neck hairs to stand at attention, “soaring” falls short in praising this lush, uplifting valentine. Standouts “Love Lost,” “Fader,” “Down River” and “Science of Fear” genuinely call to mind various shades and intensities of early U2, TV on the Radio and Arcade Fire, which is just as well, because anyone who has caught a Temper Trap live show¬†and/or spent quality time with Conditions knows that sort of trajectory is just around the corner. (Liberation/Glassnote Records) –Carrie Alison