Tonight Alive
Consider This


4.5
superb

Review

by metalheadrunner USER (81 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seek out Consider This.

Fit For Rivals. Paramore. Courage My Love. Tonight Alive. There are many more bands, but these are just some examples of female-fronted, angst-ridden pop/punk bands that've taken today's musical scene, and some have infiltrated multiple facets of pop culture (Paramore, for example). While Tonight Alive is much more obscure then the contemporaries listed above, don't let that turn you off. Consider This is a fun, bombastic EP that succeeds in being a heavily enjoyable pop/punk record, without leaning on the shoulders of a band like Paramore.

Lead vocalist Jenna McDougall leads the band's energetic push with a punchy, raw, sarcastic tone that still remains smooth and quite pleasant to the ears (something that FFR could take a lesson from). Jenna does draw some comparison to Hayley Williams (and yes, she's hot), but ultimately sounds just a slight bit deeper than the latter. As for the rest of the band, they all seem to rock harder their contemporaries, often drawing more reminders to post-hardcore with dark, pounding riffs and surprisingly punchy drums. However, TA does keep the volume level down for the pop/punk lover ("My Favorite Thing") is a fantastic cool-down after the pushing "5 Years" and "Wasting Away". Guitarists Jake Hardy and Whakaio Taahi are depended upon for songs like "Wasting Away" and "Revenge And Its Thrills", managing to seriously spice up the EP. The rhythm section isn't awful, and there are some fun drums fills (especially in "Revenge and It's Thrills"), but it's not quite enough to leave a lasting impression.

Like Paramore, TA carries a penchant for clever wordplay, wordplay that is crafty enough to hide the pure simplicity of the themes of finding yourself ("Wasting Away"), young love ("5 Years"), and dark times in life ("Revenge And It's Thrills"). Well, CT still remains a fantastic EP that truly displayed the potential that Tonight Alive carried in their early material. If you need a nice pop/punk fix, seek out Consider This immediately.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2015


2202 Comments


Nice review. Just one thing to note:

" However, TA does keep the volume level down for the pop/punk lover ("My Favorite Thing") is a fantastic cool-down after the pushing "5 Years" and "Wasting Away""

I feel this would flow better thus:

"However, TA does keep the volume level down for the pop/punk lover-"My Favorite Thing" is a fantastic cool-down after the pushing "5 Years" and "Wasting Away"."

As for the band, I should check them out. I've heard a lot of hype about the band from a few friends, but they're the same people who hold Paramore in high regard too.

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Mort.
June 2nd 2015


7099 Comments


I dont know how you can consider tonight alive obscure in the slightest, theyre pretty damn popular by this point

Good rev anyway

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Feather
June 2nd 2015


2083 Comments


I've never heard of them, therefore they are obscure :^)

Anyway good review, will check out.

zaruyache
June 2nd 2015


9618 Comments


last album went top 50 on the US charts. Totally obscvre.

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metalheadrunner
June 2nd 2015


283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, everybody got hung up on the obscure comment. But thanks for the pos's and compliments!

Kronzo
June 2nd 2015


1074 Comments


"As for the rest of the band, they all seem to rock harder their contemporaries,"

Should be a "than" in there if I'm not mistaken. Otherwise a great review, I never knew this EP existed having listened to their two full lengths so I might check it out

heavydirtysoul
June 2nd 2015


346 Comments


tonight alive > courage my love >> paramore >>>>>>>fit for rivals

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scottpilgrim10
June 3rd 2015


4686 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Fit For Rivals. Paramore. Courage My Love. Tonight Alive. There are many more bands, but these are just some examples of female-fronted, angst-ridden pop/punk bands that've taken today's musical scene, and some have infiltrated multiple facets of pop culture (Paramore, for example)."



Mentioning Paramore at the end is a bit redundant considering they were already used as an example. Decent review. Wasting Away is a fantastic track, one of the band's best for sure.



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