The Temper Trap is the second studio album by the Australian indie rock band of the same name, The Temper Trap, released in Australia through Liberation Music on May 18, 2012. A deluxe edition of the album was also released on iTunes Store, containing three bonus tracks: "Want", "The Trouble with Pain" and "Everybody Leaves in the End".
It is the band's first album as a five-piece since Joseph Greer was added as a permanent member of the band.
"Need Your Love" was released for streaming and purchase from digital outlets on March 23, 2012, being officially released on May 7. A video was released for the song before its release date on 13 April 2012.
"Trembling Hands" was announced as the second single from the album and it was released as a hype single, released the week before the album's release on May 9, 2012. A video was released for the song after its release date on 1 June 2012.
"Never Again" and "I'm Gonna Wait" also have been mentioned by the band as possible future singles, however these are thus far just rumours.
The Temper Trap received mixed reviews from critics. According to the website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average review score of 56/100, based on 13 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".
Matt Collar wrote a favorable review for Allmusic, stating "there's something less catchy about these tracks, but make no mistake, each song makes that wait well worth it, with a meticulous arrangement that pays off at exactly the right moment." Cameron Adams wrote a positive review for Herald Sun, analysing that "Unlike their debut Conditions, this album requires repeated listening and patience before it charms you. But in taking just enough risks while still serving up a safety net in that all-important hit, The Temper Trap should have effectively protected themselves from that dreaded second album syndrome."
A mixed review came from NME 's Jamie Fullerton, who wrote that "this is a vision-free second album that sounds like a band who have nothing close to ‘Sweet Disposition’ in their arsenal. Instead of bashing critics away with brilliant tunes, they find themselves defining faceless bluster-rock." However he did comment that "The one great moment is the sweeping ‘Trembling Hands’, which is shaped enough like Keane’s equally amazing ‘Bedshaped’ to hold the attention." Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote a negative review, saying that "for all Mandagi's pained sincerity – and he makes Chris Martin sound like a smirking ironist doing inverted commas with his fingers every other line – it all sounds weirdly hollow: music as a means to an end."