Someday, Buddy

Album Review of Someday, Buddy by The Trouble with Templeton.

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Someday, Buddy

The Trouble with Templeton

Someday, Buddy by The Trouble with Templeton

Release Date: Dec 2, 2016
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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Someday, Buddy - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10

Brisbane’s The Trouble with Templeton put their best anthemic indie foot forward with their 2014 debut album, Rookie. For their next step, Someday, Buddy, they’ve tamped down the ‘whoa-oh’ tendencies and turned their attention more toward their own inner workings. Thomas Calder’s voice, which has a way of sounding breathy and hushed even at full exertion, and his songwriting talent remain at the fore.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Built around the talents of singer and songwriter Thomas Calder, the Trouble with Templeton self-released what was essentially a solo album before making their Bella Union debut as a five-piece with 2014's Rookie. The bricolage of indie folk, synthier pop, and more direct alt-rock led to touring opportunities with the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Father John Misty. Playing more to their strengths, however, the follow-up sees the group, which slimmed down to a trio, simplify their approach.

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The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5

The past 12 months have been so sad and seismic that it feels as if there’s no more room in the world for additional musical melancholy. Brisbane alt-rock group the Trouble With Templeton are named after an episode of The Twilight Zone, which signals their songs’ late-night, spectral qualities, and bring the sentiment and soundscapes of the moody, spacious guitar bands who still lurk on festival bills but hardly capture the zeitgeist: the Antlers, Sigur Rós, Patrick Watson, etc. Influenced by early Radiohead and the sulky post-rock that used to be celebrated on Pitchfork, frontman Thomas Calder is dedicated to his doom; sometimes sulky (“Don’t make me explain again”), other times slacker.

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