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Two Door Cinema Club

Beacon (Glassnote Records)

Reviewed by Zoe Cordes Selbin, Fri., Oct. 12, 2012

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews

Two Door Cinema Club

Beacon (Glassnote Records)

After 2010 debut album Tourist History, North Irish synth rockers Two Door Cinema Club slotted in at every major festival. Sophomore slump hanging in the balance, Beacon opens strong atop "Next Year," anthemic pop perfect for both the dance floor and as a fist-pumping concert closer. After that, the album quickly lags. First single "Sleep Alone" tires quickly, showing no evidence that Two Door Cinema Club has grown at all. The album hits a few highs; "The World Is Watching" enchants with swirling synth lines and intoxicating guest vocals from Valentina. The lows leave one wondering what could have been if Two Door Cinema Club had challenged themselves a bit more. (4:15pm, Bud Light stage)

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