There Will Be Fireworks
The Dark, Dark Bright


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (102 Reviews)
January 16th, 2014 | 974 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Raw emotion at its finest.

It's not everyday that you come across a new album that immediately resonates with you. Before the first review for The Dark, Dark Bright was posted, There Will Be Fireworks was about as unknown as they could ever possibly be, but that is no longer. Their second offering showcases a plethora of apparent influences that include the atmospheric elements of The National, the acoustic sections of Neutral Milk Hotel and the soaring climaxes of Sigur Ros. However, the amazing thing about this album is that even though these bands come to mind while listening, The Dark, Dark Bright still manages to possess a sound of its own and the ending result is nothing short of astounding.

One incredible aspect of this album is how There Will Be Fireworks' lead singer really sells the sincerity of it all. Even though Nicky McManus may not have the most beautiful voice, his raw Scottish brogue is rich in emotion. His soothing and often strained vocals are crucial in delivering just the right amount of emotion in order to make a connection with the listener and 'River' is the best example of this. His vocals are quite strained when the song breaks into a powerful crescendo, but the effect they have really pays off. Whether it be singing in a peaceful manner or passionately holding a note, he gives an incredibly unique performance. It may be a little risky, but it's safe to say the album would be lost without it.

While the vocals are indeed important, the listener will easily be stunned even more by the music. It's raw, beautiful, and the perfect combination of indie rock and post rock which is often a combination that is tough to pull off with finesse. Ranging from masterfully textured songs like "Here Is Where" and calming acoustic songs like "The Good Days," the album is bursting at the seams with variety. The music works perfectly with the extremely touching, heartbreaking, and often uplifting lyrics. "The Good Days" only consists of great vocalizing and layers of acoustic guitar, but it works wonders because of the sad message about loss, sadness, and longing for what used to be they so successfully convey. In fact these lyrical themes are recurring throughout the whole album and you can't help but feel when listening to this because these aspects of life that we have all felt at some point. 'Your House Is Aglow' also conveys the same amount of emotion as "The Good Days" because of Nicky's absolutely emotional vocals. As well done as these acoustic sections are, "The Dark, Dark Bright" really specializes in the soaring and unforgettable climaxes.

"River," an undeniable fan favorite, starts out with incredibly textured guitar riffs and a brooding rhythm section. This all explodes into an amazing crescendo that without a doubt transcends. The effect of every texture coming full circle and Nicky holding a powerful note can't be done justice with words. "Here Is Where," another album highlight, makes some of the best use of strings that has been seen in music for quite some time. After well over three minutes of diverse guitar riffs and masterfully sung lyrics about human nature, they come in literally out of nowhere. Once the strings taper off and the song ends, you will be at a loss for words. It's without a doubt an inspiring masterpiece and they should be proud to have the songwriting chops to write something this affecting.

It's a shame that the album of the years lists are already done for 2013. If this wasn't overlooked at the time of when it came out, it would have easily been a contender. There is a staggering amount of undiscovered talent out there that is passionate about their art and There Will Be Fireworks is one of them. The Dark, Dark Bright is so easy to connect with that the listener can't help but be mesmerized and thrilled while listening. Do not pass this gem up because this is fantastic undiscovered music at its finest and it deserves your full attention.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


51166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love you

sixdegrees
January 16th 2014


18328 Comments


cool

Digging: Kendrick Lamar - Delete this album

Wadlez
January 16th 2014


4758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quite the band name drops. Well written.

Digging: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


13123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love you[2]

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


1824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nice review as always. This is way better then anything they have done before. First few songs are fucking amazing.

Digging: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

Scoot
January 16th 2014


18033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

keep the hype train going

Digging: The Wrens - The Meadowlands

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


13123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea man. I've never actually felt the need to spread the word as much as possible with any band I've encountered as much as this.

tommygun
January 16th 2014


25555 Comments


didn't read pos

Digging: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


13123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol well thanks! Tommy you should review this I'd like to hear what you'd have to say about it.



Futures you try this yet?

larrytheslug
January 16th 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i gotta check it out.

get some bbq and get bizzy

tommygun
January 16th 2014


25555 Comments


i don't care enough about it enough to have a strong opinion dude it's just eh whatever to me

wouldn't make much of a review

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


13123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

DO IT TOMMY

Ecnalzen
January 16th 2014


6898 Comments


I still need to give this a full listen. The first couple songs didn't really grab me at all.

tommygun
January 16th 2014


25555 Comments


i'm retired :D

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2014


5996 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yes nick, keep em coming

Rowan5215
January 16th 2014


29279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're the best mongi

Why aren't you staff yet

Ecnalzen
January 16th 2014


6898 Comments


One of these days, he might just be.

Rowan5215
January 16th 2014


29279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But yeah feature this

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014


13123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha idk about staff but I certainly wanna see if I could make contrib :D

Ecnalzen
January 16th 2014


6898 Comments


Patience, young mongers. You'll get there.



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