Compatriot, Jacknife Lee, returns as Gameshow’s producer, having worked on Two Door Cinema Club’s second record, Beacon. As would be expected with the involvement of someone Lee’s calibre, Gameshow is a shiny and polished affair with no obvious technical flaws or shortcomings. It seems odd to say, but this proves to be a weakness of sorts, as the songs have a tendency to blur together with no strong individual character beyond just how dancey they are, and how heavily the band lean into the funk/disco vibe they have become enamoured with. The indie-rock sound that ran through 2010’s Tourist History, is all but gone now – completing the shift started with Beacon – with the only grit or edge being relegated to 70’s inspired solos and back-masking, as on Fever, Bad Vibrations, and Invincible.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 21st October 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.