It Won/t Be like This All the Time

It Won/t Be like This All the Time

Throughout their 15-year run, Glasgow, Scotland miserablists The Twilight Sad have skillfully walked a tightrope between sweeping post-rock and gleaming synth-rock. Led by James Graham’s impassioned brogue, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time, their fifth LP and first with Mogwai's Rock Action Records, retains their pummeling might, delving into the deepest corners of the soul with their darkest imagery yet. Taking cues from The Cure’s industrial-laced Pornography period—it serves to mention that Robert Smith is the band’s most effusive endorser—“The Arbor” and “[10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs]” bring back the shrill synthesizers of 2012's No One Can Ever Know. “Are you not scared/I saw you kill him on the back stairs,” Graham threatens on the chilling “Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting.” Forbidding words, for sure, but rarely are such sentiments accompanied with a sound that is this positively uplifting.

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