The Twilight Sad
No One Can Ever Know - FAT CAT
FILTER Grade: 77%
By Erin Hall on February 7, 2012
Moving away from the aggressively all-encompassing wall of sound that comprised their first two albums, Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad have trimmed the fat for their latest release, No One Can Ever Know. Taking a page from ’80s Krautrock and shoegaze, they’ve pared down their massive sound to focus more tightly on ghostly keyboard riffs and the vocals of their unmistakable lead singer, James Graham. While a comparison to Morrissey might be easy, it’s not without merit as the mini runs and flourishes dramatically land Graham’s lyrical style right on the corner of Sad Bastard Boulevard. But that thick brogue remains of course, alongside enough cracks and breaks to assure the listener this is no opera. Fans may take a while to warm up to this new material, but turning down the volume isn’t always a bad thing.