Tigers Jaw
Spirit Desire


3.5
great

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2012 | 29 replies | 5,355 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Four more Tigers Jaw songs.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Tigers Jaw is a consistently good band. Apart from their debut LP, Belongs to the Dead (which sounds like it was recorded on an answering machine), they have cranked out one solid release after another, each containing indie tunes tinged with both emo and pop punk. Their popularity is understandable because, lyrically, they are the voice of a generation of awkward teenagers and melodramatic Tumblr users. In all seriousness, it is hard to deny the bittersweet charm that characterizes Tigers Jaw, and while their 2009 EP, Spirit Desire, may fall short of the preceding self-titled album, it nonetheless adds four mostly enjoyable songs to the band’s discography.

Unfortunately, the EP gets off to a slow start. The title track, which is a fan favorite for reasons unbeknownst to me, begins with a bleeding guitar riff that repeats for a bit too long before the verse commences and Adam McIlwee’s vocals enter the song. The three verses are not terribly exciting, and the climax of the song in which McIlwee repeats, “Spirit desire, spend my time. Tell me that you’re always gonna be my life,” is underwhelming as well. Luckily, the next song, We Are Great, There Is Only One (Tigers Jaw) (questionable song title aside), is catchy and upbeat, and though lyrically sparse, it gets the EP back on track.

The third and fourth tracks round off the EP nicely, ending it on an upswing. Crystal Vision is a slow, burning track similar to Spirit Desire, but with improved catchiness and less repetition. Meet Me at the Corner sounds like a track that would have fit perfectly on the self-titled album, and demonstrates exactly what Tigers Jaw excels at: writing fun songs with strong vocal harmonies and just the right amount of gloominess to establish a connection with the listener.

Since the release of Spirit Desire, Tigers Jaw has steadily been improving all aspects of their music, most notably their lyrics, which were exceptionally strong on Two Worlds. Jimmy Piersall, off their split with The Sidekicks and Distress Signals from the Run for Cover Records compilation showed a further progression in both songwriting and lyrical maturity, as well as an increased use of keyboard player Briana Collins’ vocals – something that the band said will be a continuing trend on future releases. Keeping in mind the improved quality of the band’s more recent work, Spirit Desire, is still a worthwhile listen from Tigers Jaw, despite its dull moments. Those who are familiar with the band but may not have heard this release should absolutely give it a listen, but first time listeners of the band may want to look elsewhere in the band’s discography for a starting point.



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pmmets07
February 1st 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is like a 3.25

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2012



9033 Comments


Beenn hearing so much about this band lately

Beachcoma
February 1st 2012



526 Comments


"(which sounds like it was recorded on an answering machine)"

Haha, nice. Awesome review too

sixthgoldenticket
February 1st 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what dude spirit desire is so good

good review though, we are great is probably my favorite track

pmmets07
February 1st 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's definitely an unpopular opinion, that track just really bores me.

and thank you.

Rev
February 1st 2012



9380 Comments


s/t is seriously so good



this is okay

pmmets07
February 1st 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm all about two worlds.

sixthgoldenticket
February 1st 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

self titled has better songs but two world is definitely the better album

Spluger
February 2nd 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's nice to finally see a review of this. I remember when I added this ep to it I couldn't believe nobody else had before. I disagree about the title track, it's probably my favorite song on this, but either way, great review as always man .

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pmmets07
February 3rd 2012



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks spluger.

and i just think they have sooooo many better songs than spirit desire. yet every time i have seen
them, someone will call out "SPIRIT DESIRE" for an encore and they'll play it. and i'll stand there
singing half-heartedly.

Spluger
February 3rd 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I agree about them having better songs, but I still like it a ton.

DurzoBlint
May 28th 2012



1171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its all about crystal vision...

DurzoBlint
May 28th 2012



1171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know you're bored, I've seen it all before

Spluger
May 28th 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SPIIIIIIIIIRIT DESSIIIIIRE

Spluger
May 28th 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TELL ME THAT YOU'RE ALWAYS GUNNA BE MY LIFE

Spluger
May 29th 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SPEND MY TIME

Spluger
May 29th 2012



1119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IM NOT BOOOOOOOORED AT ALL

Winsomniac
May 29th 2012



7955 Comments


Fuck you guys,



I'VE SEEN IT ALLLLLLLLL BE-FORE, YEAH I'M FAMILIAR

Winsomniac
May 29th 2012



7955 Comments


Kindly refer to: "Fuck you guys,''


I even told you I was going to derail it, man.

Winsomniac
May 29th 2012



7955 Comments


...WITH MY CRYSTAL VISION!



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