on 6 February 2012
I'll admit, I love The Twilight Sad. I own pretty much everything they have done and have seen them live on more than one occasion. The Wrong Car is one of my all time favourite videos. So I'm biased; but don't let that put you off what I have to say. This is an immense, bold soundscape of an album that gets better at every listen. There is a sonic shift in comparison to their previous offerings; electro is more to the fore, the guitar is understated. But the sound is unmistakably, classic, Twilight Sad - songs driven by keen drums and the beautiful Celtic voice of James Graham. I'd pick out individual songs (Nil is the standout track), but as with previous albums, each blends together to form a magnificent whole. Cracking stuff; a band on the up.
on 10 February 2012
As with previous Twilight Sad recordings there is a feel of lyricism and poetry about James Graham's writing that lifts the Twilight Sad to another level from most of their peers, while his Scottish brogue is instantly recognisable. As if that wasn't enough No One Can Ever Know is musically a world away from their previous efforts, subtle and sophisticated with electronic sounscapes, effects, more Joy Division than previous influences such as Mogwai. Having said that this is not the most uplifting recording you will have heard this year, (just a glance through the song titles will tell you that: sick, dead city, nil, kill it in the morning etc) but it's one to sit down with, and give a few listens to as the hidden subtleties in the music reveal themselves. Well worth trying.
on 21 September 2013
This is my first Twilight Sad album and I'm blown away by its depth and how lyrical his voice can be. Stand out tracks are Alphabet, Nil and Not Sleeping. The music has the same lo-fi electronic vibe of Joy Division, though in a more contemporary finely tuned sense and feel a little like The Smiths meets The Cure. Each track is pretty engrossing though I do feel that some tracks later in the album lose the focus the earlier ones had. The lyrics are appropriately dark and with his Scottish twang feel particularly cutting. Highly recommended. 4.5/5
on 20 February 2012
Loving this ,first purchase of a twilight sad cd and now won't be my last,,Cannot stop playing this, get yer bum to he record shop now,