Editors' pick

The Twilight Sad


Editorial Review

Album review: "No One Can Ever Know"
By Dan Miller
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

The Twilight Sad's intense brooding is as reliable as the Scottish rain. The Glasgow band's sound may have evolved, but a familiar gloom hangs over its new album, "No One Can Ever Know."

This album may not be quite as noisy as previous offerings, but the music is no less ominous. Different textures provoke similar feelings. Take the antagonistic bass line on "Kill It in the Morning"; the disjointed Radiohead-reminiscent electric guitar on "Sick"; or the way drummer Mark Devine's snare snaps like a ringing gunshot on "Don't Move." Whispering keyboards act as this album's binding agent. Quiet synths, like the ones on "Alphabet," lend a slightly softer edge to the nine tracks.

One of the most distinguishing aspects of the Twilight Sad's sound - and one that carries through from album to album - is the interaction between James Graham's lilting, heavily accented vocals and the band's stormy instrumentation. Rolling his R's all the way, he lets out a tortured croon, delivering lines such as "So sick to death of the sight of you now / Safe to say, never wanted you more."

Graham's vocals carry the album's melodic punch. He's the epicenter - the calm in the middle of the band's perennial storm.