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Following their headline slot on February's NME Awards Tour, the band, Alex Trimble, Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday, travelled to Los Angeles, California to record the new album with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, U2, REM) in his home studios. The result is a bold statement of intent an ambitious and heartfelt selection of tracks showcasing a stunning depth of songwriting and a broader, more mature sound.

With their debut album 'Tourist History' achieving platinum status in the UK and their native Ireland, and selling over 1 million copies worldwide, Two Door Cinema Club have become one of the biggest breakthrough bands of the last two years. Their incendiary live shows are internationally renowned, resulting in the band selling out headlining tours all over the world including multiple North American tours, the UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Japan and South Africa. Most recently, Two Door Cinema Club played to an overflowing tent at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Tennessee, debuting tracks from 'BEACON' to a frenzied crowd.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glassnote
  • ASIN: B008KWHM6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Seward on September 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Some of the early criticisms say this album is more predictable, "boring", or formulaic than their previous. In a way, that's definitely true. If Tourist History was their college album, this is their "first job" album. This band is growing up. It's like they did a bunch of juvenile rocking out and experimentation on TH (that is not a negative; I love TH), settled on a flavor they liked most, and went in that direction.

Beacon is eminently enjoyable, solidly upbeat throughout, maybe a bit airier than their last (especially towards the end of the album). It is also more musical; there is greater emphasis on musicianship / instruments, and the vocals are somehow less prominent, complimenting and meshing with the music rather than stealing the show as the centerpiece.

For my part, I loved every song on this album on the first play, and it just keeps getting better. If Tourist History was an album that really resonated with you through its kidlike enthusiasm, it might be worth listening to the samples here and weighing your purchase. But if you felt like TH was a glimpse at a band with exciting potential as they matured, grab this straightaway.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on September 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
In 2010,the Northern Ireland trio, Two Door Cinema Club, busted onto the indie-pop scene with their debut album TOURIST HISTORY. It was an album that carefully balanced melodic rock with rhythms bold enough to dance to. This time around, the band feels a bit more confident in their music and lyrics, with the music venturing closer to disco/dance at times (not in a bad way though). Their 2012 release BEACON is good, but it's just not quite as good as their debut - while it does feel more mature in regards to their tone and lyrical style, the album doesn't quite capture the fun, wistful spirit of its predecessor.

The album begins with "Next Year," one of the album's best tracks. BEACON does well to start with its best foot forward, and this song contains many of the band's trademark sounds: electronics blended with indie sensibilities, careful attention to melody and harmonies, strong propulsive rhythms. The band's push towards electronic-oriented sounds is apparent on "Handshake" and "Wake Up." This shift never feels alienating though - it feels natural, and it's incredibly infectious. On "Pyramid," the song's verses use strange, disorienting percussion/electronics - it might take a while to get used to, but it's an interesting listen.

The album's lead single, "Sleep Alone" treats listeners to a larger-than-life chorus -- the chorus of "Sleep Alone" pushes forward with some giant harmonies, breaking up the pace of the album and preparing listeners for the more subdued "The World is Watching You." "The World is Watching You," a duet with Valentina, is one of the more quieter and intimate songs on the album, but it's a strong track. Vocalist Alex Trimble and guest vocalist Valentina have a nice back-and-forth delivery here that's worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin H. on May 31, 2013
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Don't get me wrong, the album itself is good. I sounds just how you want Two Door to sound. Nothing too adventurous or new. The Live tracks from one of their UK shows from the past year is great, though. The sound is great and the crowd is really into it. Spend the extra and get the Deluxe edition. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on April 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Following an album like Tourist History would be difficult for any group and surely Two Door Cinema Club knew that going into this effort. Thankfully they gave themselves some breathing room and the result is a mature and sophisticated follow-up that expands their sound without sacrificing what made them great in the first place. The band does a great job of creating a consistent sound and developing an upbeat sound full of sunny vocals, fuzzy synths, and guitar-driven indie pop. Songs like "Next Year", "Handshake", and "The World Is Watching" are irresistible and full of hooks to keep them in your head long after they're finished. There's a seamless flow to this record that makes both the individual songs and the album as a whole gel together incredibly well. In a day and age of cherry picking and instant singles it's refreshing to find a group dedicated to offering a complete and immersive album experience. Other tracks like "Pyramid" go through shifts in tempo and dynamics with thrilling results. TDCC keep things simple while adding just enough curve balls to thrill you as soon as you begin to become complacent.

The only real flaw is that this consistent sound does work against a few of the tracks, causing them to sound too similar and lose a bit of their identity in the swirl of guitars and loops. The songs themselves are solid but telling some of these tracks apart is difficult if you're not intimately familiar with them. Thankfully this rewards repeated listens and those willing to look beyond a couple of the singles.

Beacon is a fun and shimmering example of what happens when talented musicians get together and focus on making something both challenging and accessible. The band isn't resting on their laurels but they also stay within the realms of their debut. This is a delicate balance and TDCC gets it right. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2012
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Two Door Cinema Club, the Northern Ireland-based indie-rock band, has lived the dream these last couple of years: after a well-received inital EP release in 2009, their debut album "Tourist History", released in 2010, became an almost-immediate hit in the indie-rock scene. The band took to touring, endless touring, in support of the album, and built a reputation as a more than solid live band. Now comes Tow Door's eagerly awaited decond album.

"Beacon" (11 tracks; 40 min.) starts off with a very nice, upbeat "Next Year", one of the best tracks on here. "Handshake" follows, an equally happpy-go-lucky dance track, as does "Wake Up", with upfront drums and bass. What a great 1-2-3 beginning of the album! "Sun" shines next, and the first half of the album concludes with "Someday" (1st single), which sounds like it came straight from "Tourist History". I rate the first half of the album 4.5 stars. The second half kicks off with "Sleep Alone", and it continues the hard-charging ways of the first half. There are several slower songs on the second half, including "Settle" and "Spring". The album concludes with the title track, a beautiful pensive tune. I rate the second half of the album 3.5 stars.

In all, this is quite the nice follow-up/sequel to "Tourist History". In the pre-release buzz, I had read somewhere that the new album was going to be a lot more "introverted" than the debut album, and to be honest, I feared the worst. But now having listened to this multiple times, I can say that, yes, it is a bit more polished and slightly less bouncy dance-oriented than "Tourist History", but I find "Beacon" to be a very enjoyable album. I saw Two Door Cinema Club in concert last year at Lollapaolooza, when they were already writing songs for the new album.
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