Album Review: The Twilight Sad - Nodoby Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 November 2014
Fourth album for indie stalwarts loses some grit while setting misery in both the gaunt and the grand.
The Twilight Sad, as their name suggests, could be captains of industry in morose, downcast musicianship.
And despite the successes of Scots compatriots Frightened Rabbit, Chvrches (in which former bandmate Martin Doherty plays) and We Were Promised Jetpacks, mainstream fortune has eluded these long-serving miserabilists.
Even compelling sonic adventures with synths, throwing out wall-of-noise guitar yet maintaining the emotional heft, didn’t yield them the popular following that so many other ‘darker’ bands have captured.
Undaunted, they spent a lot of time in their native Scotland, hanging out with old friends and trying to find the old normality that fuelled Graham’s songs.
This fourth studio LP mines more black gold with a guitar-and-drums set-up, with judicious use of synth to amplify this album’s more ominous, bleak and uneasy moments.
From lead single There’s A Girl In The Corner, Graham’s narratives still plumb the darker recesses of humanity (albeit with less clarity, as in Drown So I Can Watch) but musically, the band’s serrated edges are softened, the raw and exciting extremes reined in, which, combined with Graham’s less wrought delivery, blunts the emotional impact.
Nevertheless, there are still crashing, overbearing guitars (In Nowheres) and huge, sweeping soundstages of morose melody (I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want) to savour among the downcast soliloquies (Leave The House). A set of anthems for the sidelined.