Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ratings: #832 / 958
User Score
Based on 131 ratings
2012 Ratings: #303
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Paste

There’s very little progression or change in their sound, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

80
NME

This second album finds Two Door whipping off their school ties, knotting them around their heads and inching their trainers onto the dancefloor.

62
Beats Per Minute

Two Door Cinema Club haven’t produced a superior follow-up, it’s more like a step sideways.

60
Consequence of Sound

Though the in-your-face dance music can overpower the emotional lyrics at times, the combination creates an oddly harmonious balance. 

60
The 405

It's hard to see the songs of Beacon being used on quite as many BBC Three promos as its predecessor, but maybe that's a good thing. 

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Two Door Cinema Club traded creativity for sentimentality, and the result is tight, polished and formulaic.

50
musicOMH

With only one true standout track, a handful of fillers, and little innovation or progress, it reeks of diminishing returns from start to finish.

20
No Ripcord

Mostly everything is contrived and cliché, lifted from a stock collection of guitar rock and electro rock of the past ten years. 

Plats
67
"Beacon" is definitely catchy and well-produced, just like "Tourist History", but it lacks the energy that made that record so engaging and it falls apart in the second half.

Fav Tracks: Next Year, Sun, Sleep Alone, Someday, Wake Up

Least Fav Track: The World Is Watching

Score:
6.7
Decent
whyisaac
68
It may not have the high-energy charm of "Tourist History", but "Beacon" is still an evolution from their debut and a worthy addition to the band's discography.

Favourites: Next Year, Sun, Sleep Alone
Least Favourites: Pyramid
EvilFoetus
72
The new sound of this album is excellent. Really appreciate the sound of the guitar, everything fits well. Definetly worth a listening.
75
I overrated this album on the first listens, but coming back to it, it’s still good, just, not as good.
There’s fun songs, just nothing as good as their debut. That’s my main problem with this album, it’s just not as good nor as memorable as Tourist History.

Favorite tracks: Next Year, Sun, Someday, Sleep Alone

Least Faves: Beacon
EntryIncomplete
61
There's something about Tourist History that makes it so engaging. I don't know what it is, but I know that Beacon lacks that "something".
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Year End Lists

#41/The Fly

Track List

  1. Next Year 
  2. Handshake 
  3. Wake Up 
  4. Sun 
  5. Someday 
  6. Sleep Alone 
  7. The World Is Watching (with Valentina) 
  8. Settle 
  9. Spring 
  10. Pyramid 
  11. Beacon
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