Tourist History

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Tourist History
Studio album by Two Door Cinema Club
Released 17 February 2010 (2010-02-17)
Recorded June–July 2009; Eastcote Studios (London); Motorbass (Paris)
Genre Indie rock, dance-punk, synthpop, new wave, post-punk revival
Length 32:32
Label Kitsuné
Producer Eliot James
Two Door Cinema Club chronology
Tourist History
(2010)
Beacon
(2012)
Singles from Tourist History
  1. "Something Good Can Work"
    Released: 7 April 2009 (2009-04-07)[1]
  2. "I Can Talk"
    Released: 23 November 2009 (2009-11-23)[2]
  3. "Undercover Martyn"
    Released: 18 February 2010 (2010-02-18)[3]
  4. "Come Back Home"
    Released: 12 July 2010 (2010-07-12)[4]
  5. "What You Know"
    Released: 7 February 2011 (2011-02-07)
  6. "This Is the Life"
    Released: 12 June 2011 (2011-06-12)

Tourist History is the debut studio album by Northern Irish indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club. It was released on 17 February 2010 by Kitsuné. The album is named for the reputation of the band's hometown, Bangor, as a tourist attraction.[5]

Tourist History won the Choice Music Prize for the 2010 Irish Album of the Year.[6][7] The band said it was the first award they had ever won[8][9] and donated the 10,000 prize money to charity.[10]

Recording[edit]

The band recorded the album at Eastcote Studios in London with Eliot James in July 2009, and was based in a studio adjacent to Duran Duran. The album was mixed at Phillipe Zdar's newly built studio, "Motorbass". Two Door Cinema Club were the second band to use Zdar's studio, the first being Phoenix (the latter recorded the Grammy Award-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix). During the mixing process, Zdar reportedly found it hard to understand the band's Northern Irish accents over the first couple of days. Of working with Two Door Cinema Club, Zdar said to the NME, "Their stuff was already tight—I was just able to give big bass, big highs and something a bit large! They are completely crazy about music—there is not one hour when they don't listen or download something from a blog. They remind me of me when I was a teenager."[11] The album was mastered by Mike Marsh at the Exchange in London.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[13]
BBC Music positive[14]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[15]
NME 7/10[16]
Q 3/5 stars[17]
RTÉ 3/5 stars[18]
State Magazine 3/5[5]
The Times 3/5 stars[19]

Tourist History received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 67, based on 12 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[12] Lou Thomas of BBC Music described the album as showing "sporadic flashes of greatness", comparing the album to the works of Editors, Foals, and The Futureheads,[14] whilst Laura Silverman of The Times described the album as "an excited burst of short, simple indie pop songs driven by jangly guitars and punk rhythms".[19] Dom Gourlay of Drowned in Sound described the album as "mixing Bloc Party's guile and wisdom with a pop sensibility not normally associated with modern-day guitar oriented bands" and as a "more accessible and less po-faced Antidotes".[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

Tourist History debuted at number forty-six on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 5,071 copies, eventually peaking sixty-two weeks later at number twenty-four, in May 2011.[21] The album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 22 July 2013,[22] and has sold 266,389 copies in the United Kingdom as of September 2012.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird. 

No. Title Length
1. "Cigarettes in the Theatre"   3:34
2. "Come Back Home"   3:24
3. "Do You Want It All?"   3:29
4. "This Is the Life"   3:30
5. "Something Good Can Work"   2:44
6. "I Can Talk"   2:57
7. "Undercover Martyn"   2:48
8. "What You Know"   3:11
9. "Eat That Up, It's Good for You"   3:45
10. "You're Not Stubborn"   3:10

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tourist History.[25]

Two Door Cinema Club
  • Alex Trimble – vocals, guitar, synthesiser, beats
  • Sam Halliday – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Kevin Baird – bass guitar, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Tal Amiran – additional drumming
  • Ben Dawson – trumpet (1)
  • Anthea Humphreys – backing vocals (3, 5)
  • Eliot James – engineering, production (all tracks); mixing (1–3, 8–10)
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Heather McCormick – backing vocals (3, 5)
  • Phillipe Zdar – mixing (4–7)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[26] 44
Belgian Alternative Albums Chart (Flanders)[27] 40
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[28] 72
Dutch Albums Chart[29] 72
European Top 100 Albums[30] 95
French Albums Chart[31] 51
Irish Albums Chart[32] 16
Irish Independent Albums Chart[33] 1
Japanese Albums Chart[34] 79
Scottish Albums Chart[35] 26
UK Albums Chart[36] 24
US Heatseekers Albums[37] 5
US Independent Albums[38] 26

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[23] 17 February 2010
Australia[39] 26 February 2010 Ministry of Sound Australia
Ireland[40] Kitsuné
France[41] 1 March 2010
United Kingdom[42]
Germany[43] 5 March 2010 Cooperative Music
United States[44] 27 April 2010 Glassnote Records

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