Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow
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Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #748 / 947
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Based on 158 ratings
2016 Ratings: #504
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By overtly embracing radio pop, ‘Gameshow’ adds further froth to the wave of popified guitar music that TDCC triggered by giving rise to Bastille and The 1975.


With Gameshow, Two Door Cinema Club ultimately balance a growing pop maturity with a stylish strut worthy of Saturday Night Fever's Tony Manero.

The Line of Best Fit

The album is fresh with synth, bells and whistles that could be part of an actual gameshow. There are some cracking verses and screeching guitar sections that will sound great live.


Unashamed to admit to their chart-pop core, Two Door Cinema Club finally feel comfortable in their own skin – a revelation in its own right, given the sausage factory nature of the band’s earliest, impressionable years.

The Guardian

There’s just a lot of this kind of thing about, which is a problem in the album’s least inspired moments.

Consequence of Sound

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to play in a different sandbox for a period of time, but Gameshow is unambitious. Much of it feels like the kind of music that is produced on the way to a truly inspired synthesis of new and old.

Drowned in Sound

They themselves seem to think they didn’t take enough risks on Beacon but if they were treading water then, they’re slowly floating backwards on Gameshow, the current generated by their tentative stabs at eighties funk rock gently nudging back at them.


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So, imagine you're in a pop band. Your first record is fun, inconsistent, but good overall. Then your follow up was a bit more middling, but you still had some standouts. Your first instinct would be to try and redeem yourself after a sophomore slump by making something truly great. Something standout. Something unique. Something good.

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Middle school me absolutely adored this album way back when, and while I've grown out of it a bit, Gameshow still has quite a bit that I enjoy. t doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to indietronica, but the first two tracks are among my favorite TDCC cuts, and the rest is no slouch either. Fun stuff for the most part.
It sounds good on the ears, but this really isn't the TDCC I was looking for.
With Gameshow the irish indie band has lost all the strong sense of identity, and the charm of their debut is now completely replaced by processed dime a dozen radio pop songs.
Gameshow had a great opening tracks, but then after that, Gameshow fell flat.
But looking into it the depths, the experimental engineering away from their last album Beacon and the lyrics were fresh, but the overall inspiration as an album was hampered due to how forgettable certain tracks became and a slog to playthrough.
Not my favourite TDCC album, but it was above average to say the least.
A geniunely interesting new sound for the band that actually works quite well for the most part; it's definitely a breath of fresh air after "Beacon", which, while being a good album, was essentially the exact same as what came before. Front-loaded as hell though.

Favourites: Gameshow, Are We Ready? (Wreck), Lavender
Least Favourites: Surgery, Good Morning
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Added on: June 14, 2016