Favorite Albums of 2016: #14 – ‘Thick as Thieves’ by The Temper Trap


Probably an unfavorably choice to some. My retort: “Did you ever listen to ‘Thick As Thieves’ while on a weekend road trip???” No. Then you probably don’t appreciate this record as much as I do. For most music reviewers consider their debut -‘ Conditions’ – to be better than ‘Thick as Thieves’. Good for them. Then chain the band down by that initial (500) Days of Summer entry. Sad, lazy reviewing. Still understandable.

Love putting Temper Trap on road mixes because most times my friends/lovers turn to me with a inquisitive glance. Happens almost every time. Such a great feeling. You need wind in your sails to truly appreciate what you’re listening to. Especially on ‘Thick as Thieves’. The percussion momentum… unrelenting as Dougy sings to heavens. Hell, the track Riverina runs fast while describing a high octane drive. Every inch of these dream pop tracks captures pieces of sunlight through a window pane. All you gotta do is roll with it.

As my last couple of picks showcase… music should be a fun experience. Pickup the deluxe edition for the complete experience.

Noteworthy Tracks:

  • “Lost”
  • “Alive”
  • “Ordinary World”
  • “Riverina”

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