Album Reviews

Good Tiger – We Will All Be Gone Review

Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records 
9 February 2018

 

Line Up:

Elliot Coleman – vocals
Derya “Dez” Nagle – guitar
Joaquin Ardiles – guitar
Alex Rudinger – drums
Morgan Sinclair – bass

 

Tracklist:

The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking
Float On
Such a Kind Stranger
Blueshift
Salt of the Earth
Grip Shoes
Just Shy
Nineteen Grams
Cherry Lemon
 I’ll Finish This Book Later

 

 

Progressive tends to be a nice catch-all phrase when describing a band whose style is, shockingly (shocking in that there are actually bands making music that isn’t cookie cutter,) not of the norm (kind of the way Alternative was thrown around back in the 80’s… if you were weird you were Alternative.) It’s very easy just to say “this band is striving to be a Progressive Metal band,” when in actual reality they’re probably just making the music that pops into their head while writing and recording. I feel like Good Tiger is that type of band. Teetering somewhere between Progressive Metal and Alt Rock (Alt Prog anyone) I got a chance to check these guys out on their first album A Headful Of Moonlight. I don’t recall the specifics of my review then, but I remember enjoying the album enough I gave them an 8 out of 10. Well, they’re back with We Will All Be Gone, and after a quick run-through of the prior album as well as multiple spins of the new one, I can safely say they’ve stepped up their game.

Musically, they swirl together a very pop-oriented, hard-driving rock with tendencies towards a unique structural attack to the song adding bits of electronic-tinged synth work that all gels together with this voice that is somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Coheed and Cambria, demonstrating a stunning range and ability. No one member standouts out from the other, each person contributes exactly the right amount of themselves to their section of the songs, creating a vibe that is 100% Good Tiger. Yet at the same time, they’re not afraid to flex their heavy rock muscle from time to time like on tracks such as “Salt of the Earth” and “Nineteen,” yet they never stray wholly from their distinct sound.

This may not be for everyone, but it definitely an album and band that the more I listen to, the more I dig them. Despite treading in territory I tend not to listen to (the more Alt and Pop side of things) their songs and approach very much speak to me. As follow-up albums go, We Will All Be Gone does precisely what one should do, especially after such a strong debut: they step up their game on all levels making an even better album. Since they’ve made an even better album than last time they’re rating shall reflect that.

 

Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: 9/10

 

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