Album Review: “Tourist History” (Two Door Cinema Club)

Quinn Willerton, Staff Writer

“Tourist History,” an album by the UK group Two Door Cinema Club, is the group’s first full album. Released in February of 2010, the lp consists of 10 songs, resulting in a run time of just over thirty minutes. The three musicians, Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird, have all done vocals on their music.

The first song, “Cigarettes in the Theatre” reflects on how simple activities, like taking a smoke break, can lead to meaningful relationships.  Rating a 7/10 in my book,  the slightly faster pace adds depth to the words, and the overall beat is very catchy.

The next song, “Come Back Home,” is a little slower, but is much more emphatic. The beginning is a crescendo of synths, followed by a nice drum and guitar beat. This song is a little worse than the first song on the album, meriting a 6/10, still solid,  just too different from the previous song.

The third song on the album, “Undercover Martyn,” is one of the band’s most well-known songs. The intro got popular on TikTok during 2018, for good reason. The upbeat, fast-paced tempo keeps the listener moving, but the lyrics are quite sad. This is my favorite song on the album, and hence earns a 10/10.

The songs continue on that path of either fast-paced and upbeat, to more grungy music that rock fans would enjoy. Some of my other favorites off this album include “I Can Talk” and “What You Know.” These songs are fairly similar to “Undercover Martyn,” with a faster tempo and catchy lyrics.

All in all, I would rate Tourist History a solid 9/10. While not perfect, many of the songs are extremely catchy, and the short length makes it perfect for an afternoon listen.