Good Tiger
Redux


2.0
poor

Review

by Nine USER (8 Reviews)
April 7th, 2019 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Should've seen this coming.

As time progresses, sometimes change is necessary for bands. This is evident with bands shifting to a more accessible sound from the likes of The Contortionist and Bring Me the Horizon. Whether it was the result of the records label's demands or their own mutual decision, it seems that Good Tiger wants to try their hand at this as well. Here, the band brings forth "Redux", which has the band members themselves and several of other EDM artists have a go at changing up some songs from the LP "We Will All Be Gone". With this record being a remix of songs from Good Tiger's previous work, the new sort of the sound should serve as successful alternatives from the original source material, right"

Unfortunately, that's not the case here. Although there are some notable artists here such as Infinity Shred and Jake Bowen that have their own take on these songs, the shift from the previously rendered progressive metal tracks into various forms of mainstream EDM doesn't sit well. The vocals from Elliot seem to be utterly butchered for the sake of mixing with the electronic elements on remixed tracks like "Such a Kind Stranger" and Jake Bowen's take on "Float On". Examples of such are alterations to the vocal notes as they appear extended and adulterated to match the slower tonal pace the remixes embody. Not only that, with the bleak tone of the lyrics at hand, the EDM-esqe compositions clashing heavily with the vocal content and hardly meshes with the accompanying sounds. Another example of how the vocal/EDM mix falters is Infinity Shred's take on "Grips Shoes". Despite it at least having the qualities the artist incorporates in their own work, combined with how extensive the vocal notes sound makes the song appear to drag as it progresses. On the other hand, there are some redeeming qualities and ideas on the remixes that would make for some fine standalone tracks although ultimately subtracting from the material it's working off of. To give credit where credit's due, Ahh-ceh's warping and trippy synths on their remix of "Blueshift" combined with the extended vocals notes works just fine (Despite using generic EDM instrumentations and elements here and there). Though it feels that this remix is the only one that at least effectively adds something different and serves as an alternative in some regard.

As EDM and trip-hop seem to take the forefront on this EP, there appears to be light at the end of the heavily remixed tunnel. The acoustic rendition "Salt of the Earth" makes a complete 180 from the previous tracks as it uses live instrumentation to break up the pace. In fact, I would say this rendition is more effective than its original with the acoustics since it emulates a more down-to-earth feel with how grim the lyrical content appears to be. Though this track and the aforementioned remix seem to be the only renditions that at least acts as an additive from it's original. And even still with its scarce positives, there's hardly anything to write home about on this record. To some, the material on this Redux EP might come as a shock, especially those familiar with Good Tiger's previous LPs. Whether this record is a tell for what type of music the band wants to encompass in the future, it ultimately feels lackluster in terms of how it sounds as a result of succumbing to mainstream accessibility.

Overall Rating: 2/5
Standout Track: Blueshift (Ahh-Ceh Remix), Salt of the Earth (Acoustic)



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9Hammer
April 7th 2019


124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Wow, I finally wrote a review under a 3, lol. Had to kick myself in the ass to write something again for this site for once. It's been over a month.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2019


8889 Comments


Good review. I meant to do this at some point but I didn't feel strongly enough about it.

9Hammer
April 7th 2019


124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Ah gotcha, all good. Also, I fixed two glaring grammatical errors. All in one sentence too LOL. My bad. (I honestly don't know how I missed them after proofing it 10 times)

Tranqyl
April 7th 2019


309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, it's a shame that everything post AHFOM has gone so downhill. I just don't really see what they were going for here. BMTH, as you mentioned, at least had music that could sort of be adapted to EDM. Can't really say the same for Good Tiger or even most proggy shit in general.

Digging: Secret Band - LP2

botb
April 7th 2019


12837 Comments


Will be steering clear of this, coleman’s voice is nails on a chalkboard to me. Great review.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2019


8889 Comments


"I just don't really see what they were going for here."

I'm sure they have diverse music interests and, as artists, need to create content. So they fucked around with some of their songs for an EP to see what happened. It's not the end of the world.

9Hammer
April 7th 2019


124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Thanks botb and Tranqyl! That's completely understandable though. I've seen comments about his vocal approach being kind of off-putting, so I suppose he's not everyone's cup of tea. To an extent, I can agree.

Tranqyl
April 7th 2019


309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"It's not the end of the world."



Of course it's not. There's nothing dramatic about the project at all. I'm just personally not sure why an artist would throw out a song or two to an EDM artist, get a remix back that killed off most of what made the track breathe, and then decide to release an EP with three more failed attempts.



The acoustic track is pretty solid though.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2019


8889 Comments


"Of course it's not. There's nothing dramatic about the project at all. I'm just personally not sure why an artist would throw out a song or two to an EDM artist, get a remix back that killed off most of what made the track breathe, and then decide to release an EP with three more failed attempts."

It's an EP and they're experimenting. Why wouldn't they?

Tranqyl
April 7th 2019


309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Preference and opinion, I suppose. If I recorded music and found that the remixes I got back weren't very good, I just wouldn't release them.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2019


8889 Comments


"If I recorded music and found that the remixes I got back weren't very good"

As you said, preference and opinion. Perhaps the band thought it was good. Or, at the very least, liked it.

9Hammer
April 8th 2019


124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Good Tiger is now "Eh" Tiger.

Tranqyl
April 8th 2019


309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good Tiger is now "A Collective of 16 Year Old Soundcloud Rappers (Tiger)"



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