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The Temper Trap, ‘Need Your Love’ – Song Review

'Need Your Love'
Glassnote Records

The Temper Trap weren’t joking the other day when they tweeted that ‘Need Your Love,’ the lead single off their self-titled second album, would be “out soon.” Just 48 hours after posting the tweet and teasing their eager fans with a 60-second video clip featuring audio from the song, Temper Trap have unveiled the track in its entirety. 

That was a quick turnover, but obviously fans have been waiting much longer for some new music from the Aussie rockers. It was, after all, nearly three years ago that they issued their debut album, ‘Conditions,’ and thus nearly as long since their epic breakout ‘Sweet Disposition’ almost became a daily part of daily life, a tune you were equally likely to encounter in a Diet Coke commercial, on a TV show like ‘90210’ or on a movie soundtrack like ‘(500) Days of Summer’ as you were to hear it on the radio, where it became a Top 20 hit on six different Billboard charts and peaked at No. 9 on the Alternative tally.

‘Need Your Love’ isn’t likely to be anywhere near as ubiquitous, but it’s still a damn catchy tune that proves ‘Sweet Disposition’ was no fluke. Over thick major-key synths, a pounding backbeat and soaring fretwork reminiscent of the Edge, frontman Dougy Mandagi showcases his powerful-yet-fraile voice as he sings about one of the most recognizable themes in human existence — “Oh / I need your love / I need your love / I need you now / I need you” — over and over and over again (he manages to sing the chorus eight over the course of its three minutes and 28 seconds).

There’s not a lot to it, but there’s not supposed to be — it’s a pop song. It’s also the first taste of what to expect from the Temper Trap’s second album, and judging from ‘Need Your Love,’ fans have much to look forward to. And for those who aren’t necessarily big enough fans to buy the record, it’s still a peek into the future — the future soda ads, TV show and movie soundtracks of the next three years.

Listen to the Temper Trap’s ‘Need Your Love’

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7 out of 10 rating

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