I was pretty excited to review the new Good Tiger album. Interestingly I wasn’t too sure about what to expect from this album. I can safely assert that nobody can expect disappointment from the album. Their newest offering ‘We Will All Be Gone’ is absolute hot stuff.
“The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” is a banger of an opening track. The vocals and groove work are super tight and straight up mad. This is a peaceful track more or less. The album begins getting heavier with “Float On” with some tasty riff work and sweet bass and drums. The harmonies on this track is colourful with some darker sections. By now there’s a well established theme and feel going around the album. Simply speaking, it has a very heavy riff rich ambient super groovy feel. It sounds a little strange on paper but it doesn’t sound like disappointment so far. “Such a Kind Stranger” well establishes this theme. Within the richness of the instrumental sections, the music does create a lot of space for the listener to find a sweet spot. The singing is top tier. It fits.
“Blueshift” is my personal favourite on this album. The clarity of sound in between the instruments so definite. From punchy drums to a growling bass and ambient guitars and harmonies, the instrumental section is sublime. The vocals help infuse a new sense of strength and meaning to the music. “Salt of the Earth” has a strong classical and retro vibe to some of the guitar sections. While the guitar tones aren’t really in your face, the rhythmic arrangements are straight up face pounding.
“Grip Shoes” continues to carry forward the general feel of the album. It has some interesting breaks in the song post the half time mark as it proceeds to end. “Just Shy” feels like one of those songs you’ve always wanted to listen to but just couldn’t get to it. The intro builds up to rest of the song’s sections feels so right. It has a sense of nostalgia for something that never existed. This too turns very interesting after the half point mark.
“Nineteen Grams” is heavy-ish. This groovy track is quite the headbanger’s jam off this album. It does come with more tranquil parts but refuses to cut away from being groovy regardless. The transitions between choruses are spot on. Cherry Lemon is a peaceful short instrumental track. It is sort of like a prelude to the closing track of the album. “I’ll Finish This book Later” closes the album. It takes off from the tranquil vibes of the previous song. It goes on to slowly open up and intensify before going back to the feel it begun with. Its a decent finish to a fine album.
‘We Will All Be Gone’ by Good Tiger is remarkable. As quipped earlier, this album is hot stuff. There are misses here and there. It isn’t too hard for the music to turn a little monotonous and somewhat bland despite all the rich textures it comes with. The real saving grace for this album is the insane grove with Alex’s phenomenal drum work and ultra catchy chorus sections. The singing made the music a lot stronger in places where the instrumentals could never compensate. The production is swell. I only wish that the production opened up the drums and bass a little more. It seems to be more inclined towards highlighting the harmonies and ambience in the album. It is in essence balanced out but maybe its just me wanting a little more space for the drums. Overall, this album is a good jam.