Tonight Alive
The Other Side


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Howe USER (18 Reviews)
September 7th, 2013 | 29 replies


Release Date: 09/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tonight Alive's sophomore album blows their competitors away.

Tonight Alive are a 5 piece pop-punk from Sydney, Australia. With their sophomore album, the quintet has improved on their first effort tremendously. This is an album full of highlights and has proved that Tonight Alive have well and truly matured their sound.

With the opening song ‘’The Ocean’’ we immediately hear a different sound to Tonight Alive. A darker tone is set throughout the song with also darker lyrical content. ‘’And I feel paralyzed, been cut down to size. I hardly have the strength, to open up my eyes. Coz I am swollen and this has stolen my sanity. Well it's hard to see beyond this when it's fighting against me’’ This opener shows us some versatility to their new sound and is an appropriate opener. The lead single from the record ‘’Lonely Girl’’ continues along the path with another darker tone with lyrics about a girl who has made the wrong choices in life and is going in the wrong direction. The song is certainly good, but it is definitely not the best on the album.

‘’Hell and Back’’ is the first real glimpse we have of Jenna McDougall’s fine vocals and shows us that she is more than just a pretty face. ‘’It was the heaviest place that I have ever been in. As the walls crashed down I felt it slip away. Cause I went to hell and back just to be where I am today’’ This new mature and dark sound to Tonight Alive is definitely welcome with some great vocals, guitar work and drumming. The title track ‘’The Other Side’’ is a ballad which highlights a personal experience documenting a close friendship. ‘’I still wish we could've made it right. You can't say that I never tried. I guess everything seems more clear, here on the other side.’’ One of the best on the album due to having such a close meaning to Jenna as she lends one of her best vocal performances. The absolute standout on this record is ‘’Come Home’’ the song is more upbeat with Jenna showcasing her brilliant versatile vocals in arguably her best performance of her career.

Although Jenna’s fantastic vocals are the obvious highlight of this record, the instruments are definitely not forgotten. Whakaio Taahi’s guitar performance is definitely 2nd to Jenna’s vocal performance. His tones and riffs are above average for this genre and his is able to lend his own personal touch to all songs. His best performance is on the lead single ‘’Lonely Girl’’ his sweeps and riff throughout the song shows his maturity and confidence as a guitar player. Jake Hardy also lends his personal touch to each song with some great rhythm guitar especially on ‘’The Fire’’ a faster song that encompasses a great rhythm section. Cam Adler is mostly heard during the darker songs with his bass guitar allowing a darker tone to escape the speakers. The most underrated member of this band is drummer Matt Best. He is able to create some great fills and is surely a competent drummer also lending a special flavour to each song.

The only real criticism you can have of this record is that some parts seem too similar and this sound is definitely not something we haven’t heard before. Another notable part of this record is its very slick production. It highlights all elements of the band well, lending to a more enjoyable experience for the listener.

Tonight Alive’s second album has proved that this young band can improve and mature their sound with excellent results. A surprising factor of this band is that they are all still very young. All members are in their early 20’s and they already are very competent musicians. A bright future is ahead for this quintet. And l am very excited for the ride.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am really enjoying this atm. Very, very solid pop-punk. Come Home is without a doubt the best song on this album and on their discography.

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Side note: Sorry about the short 4th paragraph, I wanted to mention the good production, but didn't really have enough for a 4th. My only real criticism of my own review haha.

Rowan5215
September 7th 2013


26937 Comments


Good review, pos'd.
Will check the album sometime.

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joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers bro. I don't think it will be your thing tbh. I'm digging hard though. Jenna has some great pipes.

Rowan5215
September 7th 2013


26937 Comments


You linked me a song and I said I thought it was decent, remember? I still might dig it anyway.

On a related note, you dig? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ht4fEEtBU

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I remember, you said it was too ''pop oriented for your taste'' which was fair enough. Yeah dude, that's old, always dug Getaway Plan. New album is out soon.

Rowan5215
September 7th 2013


26937 Comments


Haha ok sweet, just wondering. Yeah I heard Lovesick/Mirrors and both were dece, any word on a release date for the new one?

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No idea, next month maybe. Lovesick/Mirrors was good.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2013


19792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their last album ruled

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Rowan5215
September 7th 2013


26937 Comments


Are you talking about Getaway or Tonight Alive Atari? Yeah Lovesick/Mirrors was solid, particularly Mirrors.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2013


19792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh I meant tonight alive's last album ;)

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Atari if you dug their first, you will dig this. A bit darker, but as good, maybe even better than the first.

Rowan5215
September 7th 2013


26937 Comments


Ah righto. Never heard any of their stuff apart from one song from this.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2013


50455 Comments


http://tinychat.com/sputnik

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joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What is this Treb?

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 7th 2013


1477 Comments


Band is dece. Circa 7/10.

Singer is 9/10.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 7th 2013


1477 Comments


Fucking DP.

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Singer is 11/10.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 7th 2013


1477 Comments


Couple drinks in and agreed.

joshieboy12345
September 7th 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1 drink in she's 100/10.



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