The World is a Beautiful Place...
Whenever, If Ever


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2013 | 565 replies | 62,335 views


Release Date: 06/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Album is Incredible & I am No Longer Afraid That The World is a Beautiful Place... Could Ever Disappoint

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die managed to be in the top 5 GOAT/Twinkle Daddy/post-rock kings echelon with only a couple EPs under their belt, and they were certainly destined for disaster with their long awaited debut full length. Most bands in the scene would have broken up by now, or at least majorly dropped in quality, but the guys of The World is a Beautiful Place And… managed to keep the dream alive and stay not broken up long enough to record ten songs that would become Whenever, If Ever, and it's a very fortunate thing because this album is just as good, if not better than their previous body of work.

Whenever, If Ever has The World is a Beautiful Place And… boogie down in a more post-rock manner than before, but not in the traditional ten minute song way. They still worship the all mighty build-up, but in a more Campbell's soup condensed sort of way. Whenever, If Ever is a cool 35 minutes, and The World is a Beautiful Place And… never waste a moment as songs rise and fall, wax on and wax off, and it all flows as one big piece. I don't know if these songs will translate live as the emo kids won't be able to get down to most of them, but as a studio album, it's an incredible experience.

A few traditional emo bangers are well placed in between the more post-rock oriented tunes, like "Heartbeat in The Brain," "Pictures of a Tree That Doesn't Look Okay," and "Getting Sodas." Songs like the impossible not to head bang to "Fightboat," and "The Layers of Skin We Drag Around" show the more upbeat emo side of the band, with their jangly and catchy guitar chords and riffs offset by the #rare, but also very well placed keyboard licks. The World is a Beautiful Place And… forgo traditional verse/chorus/verse song structures on most of the songs, instead going for slow burn, build-ups that escalate into bombastic sections that serve as the catchy, sing-along equivalent to business as usual choruses. And then there's the unreal "Gig Life," whose slow acoustic beginning coupled with somber, hard hitting lyrics explodes into one of the best choruses the genre has to offer. TWIABP's ability to make songs stand out, and also flow effortlessly together is highly impressive, and allows Whenever, If Ever to be an exhilarating and fulfilling listen.

If you don't already dig the Reece's Peanut Butter Cup that is twinkly emo mixed with post-rock, then this album is not going to change your feelings on this band, or the scene as a whole. Whenever, If Ever simply serves as one of the finest pieces of music in the genre, and also to reaffirm The World is a Beautiful Place And… as post-rock prophets, or twinkle daddies, or whatever you want to call these geniuses of emotive music.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This Review is Merely a Series of Buzz Words To Disguise The Fact That I Forgot How To Review & I am Such a Huge Hack

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PunchforPunch
May 22nd 2013



5856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what is this

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Calc
May 22nd 2013



11940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

self awareness looks good on you sir

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review is a true expression of my inner self

Kman418
May 22nd 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the term twinkle daddy sounds so fucking gay

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pmmets07
May 22nd 2013



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but as a studio album experience it's an incredible experience.

nice

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit

PunchforPunch
May 22nd 2013



5856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't be so hard

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fixed it don't worry

Kman418
May 22nd 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sorry dude but yeah this review is kinda a mess

PunchforPunch
May 22nd 2013



5856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

twinkly daddy is the right term

Kman418
May 22nd 2013



9805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no i know it is but it doesn't change the fact that it sounds fucking stupid

pmmets07
May 22nd 2013



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol i thought that was deliberate. i enjoyed the review tbh

pmmets07
May 22nd 2013



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbqh

pmmets07
May 22nd 2013



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

imho

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sir

and yeah it's supposed to sound stupid, which is why I put in a couple other really stupid monikers in here as well

Cygnatti
May 22nd 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review, but that review rating is a bit troubling.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



3333 Comments


fantastic first sentence

TheCollectiveFacade
May 22nd 2013



650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

4-4.5 seems like a great rating for this album, its beautiful and atmospheric but theres still some
room for growth in both of those departments.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2013



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

didn't read yet but fucks yeah for reviewing this (well, I knew you were gonna but PROPS nonetheless). Is it better than their earlier stuff?

regardless, je suis PUMPED. gon twinkle hard.

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