11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

alternapop ,

Sure to be one of the top releases for the year

Another brilliant release from The Twilight Sad. It seems to use more keyboards than previous releases but the guitars are still there, just perhaps utilized in a different way. It’s a more accessible listen as a result. Favorite track so far is VTr.

Recommended if you like: Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit, The Horrors, post-punk, new wave

No Nicknames for You ,

OK

Not bad, but I already own a bunch of Depeche Mode albums.

U2phile ,

Another Brillant release!

Brilliant follow up to Nobody Wants To Be Here Nobody Wants to Leave. The band has taken on more official members and expands their already alluring sound making for another exceptional outting. Early in 2019 but this one is already on my best of 2019 list.

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