Theme Park would certainly not be out of place filtering through an episode of ‘Made in Chelsea’, especially ‘Jamaica’ which is actually quite catchy. Similarly ‘Tonight’, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘A Place They’ll Never Know’ are chilled summer time beats. ‘Saccades’ is a very minimalist track… but I kind of like it. If you’ve run out of sedatives and fancy a sleep this song is the answer. Like ‘Saccades’, it drifts in and out of clangy and relaxing moments, an interesting few minutes! One of my favourite tracks is ‘Two Hours’ which has stronger vocals and feels more like a song than an ‘instrumental moment’ like the others. Primary to my concerns for this album is that the songs do not seem to be fully formed, resembling background music. ‘Big Dream’, ‘Wax’, ‘Still Life’, ‘Los Chikas’ and ‘Blind’ are sadly just a bit boring.
Theme Park don’t really seem to have their own distinguishable sound and despite being somewhat catchy, their songs are utterly forgettable. As always I feel that more time may be required to appreciate them. Essentially there is nothing wrong with Theme park … apart from a lack of excitement. They simply haven’t pushed the boundaries. There’s no lyrical genius, only a central theme for the perfect fun time formula (pretty girl + some drinks + banter = good time). In fact if I hear one more “pretty girl” I might scream. This album is good as background music and I will probably crack it out again for a beach barbecue, it’s perfectly suited for that sort of situation. However, how many times does that happen, in Aberdeen no less? Unlike their name, Theme Park are less of a source for amusement, and more a crappy arcade.