Posted on October 23rd, 2014 (9:00 am) by Heather Milkiewicz

The title Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave seems to perfectly encapsulate the essence of The Twilight Sad’s fourth album. Bringing together the best elements of their previous work, as well as past and present musical influences, this album delivers an honest and emotionally wrenching but enjoyable musical statement of life, love and loss.

The Scotland-based band has been creating sensitive and haunting compositions for the past seven years following the release of their first album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters. Their latest LP, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, takes us on a musical journey. It vacillates from harder rock tracks to softer darker melodies reminiscent of musical greats such as The Smiths to the more electronic and trance-like sound in their last album that brings to mind bands such as Joy Division. All the while, the distinct heavy Scottish brogue of lead singer James Graham is ever present and domineering.

In a recent interview about the album, The Twilight Sad admit, “There was a feeling when we were writing the songs that this could be our last chance, so we took advantage of that and put everything into it just to show how much the band means to us." Make no mistake, their effort shows. The album yields an excellent balance of mixing in new styles and flavors while keeping true to their contemplative emo style. Instead of a re-invention, the album comes across as a presentation of their authentic, best selves.

The album opens with “The Girl in the Corner,” a somber rock ballad that is crisper and fresher than some of their previous work yet still maintaining the integrity of their original sound and essence. From there, the album continues to play with both new and old terrain, exploring more musically diverse sounds in a unique but subtle way. Standouts on the album include “Last January” that utilizes a standard guitar beat but complemented by the hauntingly perfect echo of a synth accompaniment. “I Never Was The Same” opens with a toned down electronic feel that combines an ethereal Celtic folk rock characteristic, especially on the choruses that emit an almost Enya-esque flavor. “Drown So I Can Watch” keeps much of the original flavor from the first album and evokes similarities to the classic "A Light That Never Goes Out" by their esteemed predecessors, The Smiths.

The least exciting tracks on the album include “In Nowheres” and “Pills I Swallow.” The former brings the loud, clamoring traits from their last album with an almost punk-grunge aura to it. The vocals are repetitive and waning, becoming somewhat stale by the end. The latter simply does not have the same heart and originality as the tracks on the rest of the album with the lyrics beginning to lose their edge after a while.

However, even the weakest tracks on the album are still solid representations of various sides of The Twilight Sad persona. The album as a whole showcases the diversity in sound and flavor of the band in a balanced and nuanced way. Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave is an excellent exposition that brings us through the twists and turns it has taken for the band to arrive at the talent they are today.

Track List:

  1. There’s A Girl In The Corner
  2. Last January
  3. I Could Give You All That
  4. It Never Was The Same
  5. Drown So I Can Watch
  6. In Nowheres
  7. Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave
  8. Pills I Swallow
  9. Leave The House
  10. Sometimes I Wished I Could
The Twilight Sad: Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave
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