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Here's the debut album by The Trouble With Templeton, who started out as Aussie youngster Thomas Calder on his own but have since expanded to a five-piece. Given that he's only 23, this is a confident and fairly likeable album of sweeping indie pop along the lines of Stornoway or in places early Hawksley Workman.   Calder's not shy of having a bit of a holler when he wants to, and the "soar ...

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6/10 Mike Staff review, 08 May 2014
Here's the debut album by The Trouble With Templeton, who started out as Aussie youngster Thomas Calder on his own but have since expanded to a five-piece. Given that he's only 23, this is a confident and fairly likeable album of sweeping indie pop along the lines of Stornoway or in places early Hawksley Workman.   Calder's not shy of having a bit of a holler when he wants to, and the "soaring" bits are among my least favourite here, but when he takes things down a notch things really click together much better. 'Heavy Lifting' has an almost Pinback-ish lilt to its mechanically chiming groove and the vocal delivery is mostly breathy and understated as he laments "You've never opened a door for me in your life". He still can't resist the temptation to break the mood and have a bit of a rock-out at the end but I'll let him off because I'd have done that at 23 too. 'Like A Kid' which follows it is like a regrettable Avril Lavigne-esque pastiche of '90s college rock complete with "oh-oh"s and handclaps and somewhat kills my sympathy. The sticker on the front cover tells me this one was a single.   Towards the end there's another highlight with 'Glue', which kind of sounds like Bright Eyes playing a Real Estate song, really summery and bouncy and makes good use of his naive-sounding voice. As an album it's a mixed bag, basically, but several tracks show promise. Calder clearly knows his way around a tune but his tendency towards this windswept and derivative epic indie pop sound can be bland and overly predictable. If he can learn to sidestep these over-dramatic, over-used cliches in future and find his own voice a bit more, he could have some interesting records ahead of him.



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