It's hard not to regard The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die without some sort of fascination. Perhaps part of it sprouts from the fact that remembering the name already takes some dedication to memorize. Their sound is definitive of that indie rock sound, and it only keeps growing. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die stay anthemic in Always Foreign, adding some new elements into their already mastered sound.
Anyone who's heard any of TWIABP's music in the last few years know that their indie warmth never fades. Opening track 'I'll Make Everything' is a nice start, gentle harmonics and a small drive leading into the record. The album stays true to the band's music that's come before it, from the upbeat sound of 'Faker' to the awesome, dramatic build of 'Marine Tigers' that leaves a lasting mark.
The real brilliance of Always Foreign comes from when the band steps outside their normal sounds. It starts in 'Gram,' the sweeter melodies of the slow ballad separating the song from the more brighter songs before it. By the end, trumpets enter the mix, not blaring as you may expect but quietly but importantly adding a nice texture to the record. 'Dillon and Her Son' follows up, a crazily catchy synth line adding loads of texture to the record. It's adds a lot of character into the song, delving into something that TWIABP has never fully tackled. Other nice moments include the quiet choir in 'For Robin' and the immense build of 'Marine Tigers.'
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die stay anthemic in Always Foreign, adding new elements into their sound and exploring new textures to make their sound familiar yet more diverse. This band never stops giving energy into their craft, and keep moving forward confidently with their sound that they've come to own.
Favorite Tracks: Marine Tigers, Dillon and Her Son, Gram
Least Favorite Track: The Future
Rating: 77 / 100
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