Dustin Kensrue
This Good Night Is Still Everywhere


3.5
great

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
November 19th, 2008 | 88 replies | 15,760 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season once again, and if your community is anything like mine, Christmas lights are already sprouting up well before Thanksgiving. Last night was the coldest night of the year thus far, and earlier in the day there was even a few minutes of snow. To accompany these signs of the holidays, the traditional bunch of Christmas albums have started coming out, notable of which is Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue's second solo album This Good Night Is Still Everywhere, comprised of eight covers/traditional holiday songs and two originals.

Kensrue's first solo album Please Come Home was enjoyable, but it probably would have had a greater impact if it had been released after the release of Thrice's Earth disc; some of the tracks felt like they could have been interchangeable, notably "Digging My Own Grave" and "Moving Mountains." It's interesting then to see how Kensrue fares on an album full of covers completely removed from Thrice's material, unlike Please Come Home. The two original tracks, "This Good Night Is Still Everywhere" and "This Is War" are immensely charming and delightful, not to mention incredibly impressive considering how challenging it must be to write a standout Christmas song when thousands have already been written. The title track's full-sounding chords and reverb-laden vocals create a very fitting mood for a Christmas song; Kensrue really nailed the 'feel' that a good Christmas song should have, and lyrically he fits the bill as well. "This Is War" is even better, seeming completely out of left field for a holiday tune, dominated by percussion and fuzzed-out electric interludes. Vocally Kensrue has proven himself to have an amazing balance between restraint and letting loose, unlike a certain Underoath drummer who recently butchered "Little Drummer Boy" with his penchant for belting out every single word with the most ridiculous enunciations. The end of the track (which is also the end of the album) comes rather abruptly, which is a nice surprise considering that while Kensrue's solo material has always been good, it has never truly been unexpected.

The cover that will most likely draw the most attention is "Fairytale Of New York," the classic Pogues track that tops just about every Christmas song list ever. Honestly, nothing will ever live up to the original, and everyone probably knows that already, but his cover is still admirable despite its flaws. He has always clung to conservatism, avoiding swear words and anything similarly offensive and as such he omits the popular verse which includes the words "faggot," "slut," and "arse." His cover also lacks the atmosphere of the original, but he does a decent job of making the track his own, which is more than most have been able to do over the years. "Christmas Blues" is the album's only lackluster track; its plodding pace is too similar to that of Please Come Home's "I Believe," and Kensrue's white-man-got-the-blues drawl is off-putting. He redeems himself with the rest of the covers though, especially "O Holy Night," which has always been my favorite Christmas song. He recreates the swells and falls of the song perfectly, with just the right amount of power and atmosphere behind his voice, while he picks the most immaculate Christmas chord progression ever with a clean-toned electric guitar. "God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen" features an interesting arrangement - bouncy, staccato'd vocals that wouldn't sound out of place in a Tom Waits song - and the fast tempo of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" gives the song a different feel than it traditionally has. The album's strongest point is its lack of cheesiness; there's no choirs or bells or anything similar that is usually found on holiday albums, but it also means that the flaws in arrangement are much more apparent.

This Good Night Is Still Everywhere is a nice outing from Kensrue. It has its flaws though, and honestly no one will probably listen to this much after the holidays are over, but you won't be listening to Bring Me The Horizon in a few months either, so enjoy this record while the season is still here to enhance it.



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foreverendeared
November 19th 2008



14678 Comments


good review. if i didn't despise Christmas songs so much, i might consider giving this a listen

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2008



17913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how can you despise christmas songs

foreverendeared
November 19th 2008



14678 Comments


i dunno i just do. it doesn't help working at a place that plays christmas songs 24/7

Kiran
Emeritus
November 19th 2008



5992 Comments


cool, I've been kind of on the fence about whether I should get this or not

ohhhcomely
November 19th 2008



175 Comments


i love Christmas songs!

iarescientists
November 19th 2008



5863 Comments


i worked at a place that played christmas songs 24/7 and it was fucking awesome you're an idiot

bastard
November 19th 2008



3435 Comments


I remember Snackary saying he wanted to beat you to the punch to reviewing this. He must feel sad now.

good work.

rasputin
November 19th 2008



14504 Comments


He must feel sad now.



good work.

rofl

willfellmarsy
November 19th 2008



3844 Comments


[quote=esteemed Staff reviewer]Honestly, nothing will ever live up to the original, and everyone probably knows that already, including Kensrue himself.[/quote]

can you read minds?This Message Edited On 11.19.08

foreverendeared
November 19th 2008



14678 Comments


i worked at a place that played christmas songs 24/7 and it was ****ing awesome you're an idiot
aww aren't you special

Iai
Emeritus
November 19th 2008



3553 Comments


Fairytale is actually my favourite song ever tbh. And I don't even like Christmas.

lunchforthesky
November 19th 2008



1039 Comments


hahahahahahahaha

IAmInsect
November 19th 2008



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review chan. picking this up for sure. and christmas songs rule.

ant4tbc
November 19th 2008



373 Comments


christmas doesnt like foreverendeared

cvlts
November 19th 2008



8917 Comments


at least its probably better than those "Taste of Christmas" compliations... ughhhh haha =]]

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

jrowa001
November 19th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ill probably check this out. but just like Sufjan Steven's christmas albums i will only be in the mood for this during christmas.

fireaboveicebelow
November 19th 2008



6837 Comments


I can't imagine this being anything better than a 2.5

skatemullen14
November 19th 2008



151 Comments


Last night was the coldest night of the year thus far, and earlier in the day there was even a few minutes of snow.


in southern ontario, we've had snow on the ground for 2 weeks already. as for the album, haven't heard it yet, but I hope it will be great.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2008



17913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can you read minds?



i know your reading/comprehension skills aren't too good, but the 'probably' applies to that dependent clause as well.

willfellmarsy
November 19th 2008



3844 Comments


there's no reason to include it...you're assming he put a song on the album that he knew was inferior to another version...pretty big leap there

edit: probably means it could not be true and shouldn't be in a good reviewThis Message Edited On 11.19.08



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