Tigers Jaw
Two Worlds


2.5
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Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
December 21st, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'Two Worlds' could have been the album where Tigers Jaw really stepped up and made a name for themselves. Unfortunately, it lacks the creativity, consistency and quality to do so.

With their second album recently released and their debut UK tour imminent, Scranton, PA quintet Tigers Jaw certainly have a lot to celebrate this Christmas. Their 2008 self-titled album which preceded ‘Two Worlds’ showed great promise as the young band showed themselves to be very capable song writers and musicians who took strong influences from 90’s ‘emo’ and indie and made them their own. However, their debut was far from flawless: occasionally tainted with bewildering lyricism, lazy vocals and sub-standard instrumental sections – though admittedly this may have been down to limited production values. Regardless of such flaws, ‘Tigers Jaw’ was still a thoroughly enjoyable album and its youthful haphazardness made for a very exciting listen. Two years later and the band are back with second album ‘Two Worlds’ and they have clearly worked very hard to amend any perceived faults. The result is an album sounding very similar, stylistically, to ‘Tigers Jaw’, but one that lacks any real danger, and so at times can in fact be a little dull.

To put it bluntly, ‘Two Worlds’ simply doesn’t have the quality to truly grab you and make you pay attention. Certain songs aside, the album moves at a sluggish pace, void of the hooks and interesting melodies that littered their self-titled debut, and this is a great shame. ‘Two Worlds’ is slightly more concise than their debut and it may be that in having only a 25-minute running time they have limited themselves to the point of restraint. The first three songs in particular fly by uneventfully, inoffensive, though they are. What does strike you immediately however, is the improvement in the production of the album – polished, but not overly so, it does make the songs sound brighter though they still sound flat, formulaic and dispirited.

Considering that much of the album seems lethargic and uninspired it is unsurprising that the some of the best tracks are those which are faster and livelier. The title track, ‘Two Worlds’ joyously buzzes with energy which is excellently contrasted by low vocals and subtly dreamy synths. The two songs immediately following it temporarily alleviate the monotony and briefly bring the album to life. ‘Let’s Go/Trashed Floors’ features some interesting drum parts and shows the band’s hardcore influences; while the soaring chorus of “I don’t feel so invincible any more” in ‘Test Pattern’ will surely make it become a live favourite.

On the whole, ‘Two Worlds’ seems to be something of a regression for Tigers Jaw, far more simplistic than their debut, with less personality. Following a strict blueprint of 90’s ‘emo’ (The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids), alternative/indie-rock (Weezer) and non-aggressive pop-punk (Transit, Man Overboard) is interesting enough, though the execution of it on ‘Two Worlds’ is tiresome in places. Therefore, the more obvious attempts at creativity stand out and are commendable. The acoustic guitars and delicate rhythm section of ‘I Saw The Wolf’ is without a doubt Tigers Jaw’s most mature moment to date – it’s just a shame that its tired-sounding vocals drag it down. Also, the sudden change from upbeat pop-punk to Brand New-esque alt-indie/post-hardcore at the end of ‘Static’ is, again, inspired.

Tigers Jaw’s self-titled debut showed great promise. It set very solid foundations for them to build from on ‘Two Worlds’, had they chosen to take that route. However, despite fleeting moments of maturity, their latest album sticks largely to the style employed on ‘Tigers Jaw’. Now, of course this certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing, provided that it was of similar quality. Unfortunately, this is not the case and far too much of the album just feels uninspired and limps by without generating interest. However, the more interesting moments on this album lie in songs such as ‘I Saw The Wolf’ and ‘Static’ which show the band successfully moving in bold new directions. ‘Two Worlds’ could have been the album where Tigers Jaw cemented what they have achieved with their self-titled, it could also have been an album where they built upon such achievements. Unfortunately it does neither. Nevertheless, ‘Two Worlds’ is not a bad album, rather Tigers Jaw simply didn’t realise their potential on it – maybe they will next time around.



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DoubtGin
December 21st 2010


6752 Comments


eh.. is it that horrible?

their self-titled was pretty awesome

craigy2
December 21st 2010


551 Comments


it's not horrible, it's just not that good. if you liked the self-titled you may well like this. the self-titled is much better than this though

DoubtGin
December 21st 2010


6752 Comments


yea, I'll still listen to this, since I also liked their split cd this year

great review btw, pos'd

craigy2
December 21st 2010


551 Comments


yeah, do, you may like it more than i do. also, i genuinely think they are a band worth watching but this was a bit of a misstep for them, really.
i haven't heard the split though
and cheers, man

pmmets07
December 21st 2010


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album was disappointing. static is awesome though.

accompliceofmydeath
December 21st 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Huh, I expected this to be good. Their split with Balance and Composure is great.

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craigy2
January 6th 2011


551 Comments


I think I really need to hear that split. It sounds like I'd like it a lot more than I like this.

RCKilm
February 26th 2011


232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't heard the s/t. guess i should check it out. enjoyed this and love their b&c split.

pmmets07
February 26th 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like tigers jaw, but they really need to try something new if they want to keep my attention.

edit: it's a shame this wasn't better. i've been going through their discog recently and loving it,
but this is definitely their weakest record.

pmmets07
August 2nd 2011


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tigers jaw is one of those bands that gets better once you learn their lyrics. i started to dig this
record a lot more once i did so.

edit: omg i love this atm

sixthgoldenticket
August 30th 2011


1176 Comments


definitely a grower for me. i saw the wolf and buona pizza are two of their best songs

Spluger
September 5th 2011


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I should give it another go. I mean, I like it, but it sure as hell aint as good as the self titled.

sixthgoldenticket
September 5th 2011


1176 Comments


i think as an album it's just about as good, maybe not totally on par

the self titled had better stand alone songs

Spluger
September 5th 2011


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I probably should've re worded that, because it sounds alot harsher than I meant for it to. I love this band like none other, I feel like the more you listen to these guys, the more you fall in love and to be honest, I only gave this album 1 listen.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2011


28659 Comments


"Lions Jaw" > Tigers Jaw

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2011


28659 Comments


hollaback if u here me

Spluger
February 2nd 2012


1179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really starting to warm up to this. Been on a Tigers Jaw kick lately.

xstaytrue18x
May 19th 2012


580 Comments


i loved their self-titled but everything after that isn't really that good. also kinda overrated too.

pmmets07
May 19th 2012


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

give this some time. it grows.

MuhNamesTyler
May 19th 2012


4316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like I need to listen to their earlier stuff. I thought this was pretty great though

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