Good Tiger
We Will All be Gone


3.0
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Review

by Claire Q. CONTRIBUTOR (47 Reviews)
February 9th, 2018 | 181 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "tfw ur excited to see the Good Tiger at the zoo but when u get there it's asleep” - Jack

I liked Good Tiger because they were fun. Short and sweet, with a playful edge, A Head Full of Moonlight charmed me with hook-filled pieces; it threw down riffs with a relish that complemented its flamboyant vocal stylings. Look no further than “Aspirations” and its breathy warbling, Elliot raising a hurricane as his croon grows in force. Good Tiger were never too serious on A Head Full of Moonlight - surely the exaggerated growls on “Snake Oil” weren’t done out of a desire to be intimidating. And I doubt a line such as “please don’t kill me yet, cause I think that you’re still wet” really goes for poetic effect. I’m not complaining, though. I think the silliness and sass was what made that record more than a loose bundle of verse-chorus riffing.

We Will All Be Gone doesn’t give up on hooks. You’ll find them in each song. Elliot is still bellowing in his piercing tenor. The low-end is still punchy, the drumming is still vigorous. On the freshest side of things, we have “Cherry Lemon”, a nimbly maneuvered instrumental piece with shoegazey reverb. There’s also the muted acoustic ballad of “I’ll Finish This Book Later”, which sports a pretty decent imitation of 2000s indie rock in its quieter moments. “Salt of the Earth” even has some southern rock swagger.

I should mention that We Will All Be Gone is also more serious. Good Tiger have put on their big boy pants and amped up the existential crises. Each of the three singles puts out variations on a survival theme - (metaphorical) drowning and (metaphorical) choking. Meanwhile, an abundance of minor keys cast their sombre cloud. We’re treated to shallow electronic baths (“Blueshift”) and the occasional pretty parts, which end up as lighter plucking or attempts to make a gap in the cloud. “Grip Shoes” has a higher concentration of harmonious parts; “Float On” goes the opposite direction in chugging harder.

I said that We Will All Be Gone had hooks, but they took me some effort to distinguish from each other. I had to squint my eyes at the homogeneous mass that was formed by Good Tiger’s misled attempts at maturity. I get it, the album’s supposed to be darker. That doesn’t excuse songs from sharing the exact same amounts of aggression and newfound angst. Just because “Float On” is 10% heavier doesn’t mean that it portrays something different from “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking”, which unfortunately has a very similar shouty chorus. Elliot’s vocal performance has been neutered - not his technique, but in the number of emotions he is allowed to express. To add insult to injury, “I’ll Finish This Book Later” tries to pull off cathartic relief and comes off as entirely hollow. I can’t buy an effort to release emotion when little emotional payoff has been built up.

I’m going to admit: I miss Good Tiger’s tangents, their wanderings during the fills. I miss Elliot breaking out harsh vocals, I miss the pared-back sincerity of “Understanding Silence” that “I’ll Finish This Book Later” failed to capture.

But the silver lining is that most tracks here will still survive alone. It’s a case of “united we fall, divided we stand”; after all, I think most can enjoy an explosive chorus, a run of elegant chords, a consistent groove. It just so happens that on this record, the word coherence means nothing more than an aversion to deviating from the formula. Taken in small doses, it’s still a working formula; there’s just little to be gained from playing one track after another.

I might even forgive Good Tiger’s clumsy attempt to inject seriousness into their music; there’s nothing lacking in Good Tiger’s technical abilities. On paper, the band are perfectly intact - a solid rhythmic backbone, guitars and bass providing taut muscle, Elliot’s vocals adding a layer of elastic skin.

At least this tiger is stuffed by a competent taxidermist.



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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


2331 Comments


https://youtu.be/7R6_Chr2vro
but sick review

verdant
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2018


2181 Comments


Nicely done, glad i could contribute

an even more appropriate summary for me would be: "I'll Finish This Album Later"

Dewinged
February 9th 2018


9924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

His high pitch voice confuses me, I like it but it makes me feel naked, which is not confortable.



Great review Claire.

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SitarHero
February 9th 2018


6569 Comments


No harsh vocals? When did metal blade become pop blade?

Toondude10
February 9th 2018


12758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This kind of reminds me of Dance Gavin Dance



and that's not exactly a good thing

StickFeit
February 9th 2018


868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a soft spot for these guys.

Great review!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just can’t get into this : [

StickFeit
February 9th 2018


868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't blame you for that actually

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2018


17584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review. I pretty much agree. I was really looking forward to this and the first single kind of made me think it was going to be better than it turned out to be. Still, after multiple listens, I think it's closer to a 3.5 than a 3.

HarryBoBerry
February 9th 2018


590 Comments


"His high pitch voice confuses me, I like it but it makes me feel naked"

Weird but I get similar vibes lol

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Toondude10
February 9th 2018


12758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Blueshift is a pretty dope song tho



sadly there's really nothing else in here that's memorable. Pretty much the same problem I had with their first album.

supremejelly
February 9th 2018


738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. Worried to check this out, I loved their first release because it was fun and this sounds.. Not that. Bummer about no harsh, guess we're not getting anything like '67 :-(

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


23595 Comments


Good review. I need to check this out still, but your analysis is more or less what I was expecting. "Snake Oil" was a jam and half, but couldn't ever really sink my teeth into anything else they've done.

One thing I find with the "swancore" scene is that nobody really comes close to doing that sound as well as DGD. They all come out with serviceable albums that sound great in the moment, but never really leave a lasting impression.

Papa Universe
February 9th 2018


15033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the beauty

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


2394 Comments


Oh man, Claire going in on an album is even better than I could have hoped. This feels even less restrained than past reviews, I like it a lot. Fantastic job.

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Drummerboy123
February 9th 2018


3080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Couldn't really get into their debut apart from where are the birds. This is hella more consistent to me. Elliot's voice is incredible, still hoping Zelliack comes back one day.

supremejelly
February 9th 2018


738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's just a matter of opinion but I never thought to label these guys "swancore". I can see a DGD fan liking them but I think they're very different

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


23595 Comments


I'd agree they aren't necessarily a *perfect* fit, but I find their ecleticisms to be in a similar vein to most of the swancore bands. Also, I saw them open for DGD a few years ago, and I think the association from that stuck as well.

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2018


588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can see the DGD comparisons, though this album has been considerably restrained. I'm not entirely sure why I feel cold about it; it just seems that consistency here means no standouts, and the new darker direction has drained any initial dazzle this could have.

SteakByrnes
February 9th 2018


11435 Comments


I forgot they were releasing an another album, will check

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