Review by Dom Vigil
Good Tiger’s new album, We Will All Be Gone is simply remarkable. The band’s sophomore release finds them following in the footsteps of their 2015 debut, Head Full Of Moonlight while unsurprisingly raising the stakes once more. In ten songs, Good Tiger not only further establish themselves as one of the best post-hardcore bands of this decade, but they also explore every avenue of their wide array of influences, from the soaring opener, “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” to the cinematic “Blueshift” and even intimate tracks like “I’ll Finish This Book Later.”
In fact, the best thing about We Will All Be Gone is that no two songs sound the same, yet Good Tiger have found a way to make them all flow with ease. As a “supergroup” of sorts, the combined experience of each of the bands’ members makes for an incredibly diverse array of sounds that can be heard from the very first track. “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” comes in waves – one moment, it’s lulling you into relaxation and the next, it’s exploding into chaos, with Elliot Coleman’s stunning vocals at the helm. In comparison, “Float On” feels a bit darker and more unhinged thank “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking.” Then there’s the seductive “Such A Kind Stranger,” which is driven primarily by insane drum fills and stunning vocals – and those are just the first three songs.
If you’re looking for an easy listen, the We Will All Be Gone probably isn’t the album for you. Each song is complex lyrically, instrumentally and vocally, meaning there’s quite a bit to unpack, but in the best way possible. There’s so much to each of these songs that you’ll find something new to love and a new favorite track with each listen. Standouts definitely include the lyrically driven “Salt of the Earth,” the catchy “Nineteen Grams,” and insanely complex instrumental track, “Cherry Lemon,” but nothing is as surprising as the intimate final song, “I’ll Finish This Book Later,” which further proves that Good Tiger are capable of practically anything.
From start to finish, We Will All Be Gone is unpredictable and exciting. It doesn’t conform to any genre or specific songwriting rules, which makes every song a new journey. While certain songs fall in line with artists like Glassjaw when it comes to the instrumentals, and at times, Coleman’s vocals are reminiscent of Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s work in The Mars Volta, above all, this album is uniquely Good Tiger. It’s unfair to compare the band to other artists simply because they’re forging a path of their own with this release, and you’re making a huge mistake if you’re not coming along for the ride.
LISTEN TO: “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” or “Such A Kind Stranger”
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