It Won/T Be Like This All the Time

The Twilight Sad - It Won/T Be Like This All the Time
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2019 Ratings: #75 / 759
User Score
Based on 550 ratings
2019 Ratings: #399
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The Skinny
There are still moments of classic Sad drama ... and this is still the band we fell in love with over a decade ago: confessional, honest, enthralling. It's just that this time out they're sleeker and sharper than before.
Drowned in Sound
The overriding sense is that this is how the band was always meant to sound. It’s a determined, seductive experience, brimming with belief and completely torching everything they’ve done before. As of now, The Twilight Sad are basically untouchable.
The Line of Best Fit

It Won/t Be Like This All the Time is another dauntless step forward, unflinchingly embracing the core aspects of their sound, while boldly incorporating loftier ideas.

Under The Radar
In a world stuffed with rock bands embracing synthesizers as the final added flourish for their sound, The Twilight Sad have actually managed to create something original and enigmatic.
It's the album the Twilight Sad have always been destined to make, and it's the album fans have always known they would make.

It seems unfair to describe this as The Twilight Sad’s masterpiece as, truth be told, they haven’t made a bad record in their career – but this certainly feels like a ‘moment’, the time where they step up and deliver a truly special album.

The 405

On the band’s fifth studio album It Won/t Be Like This All the Time, The Twilight Sad continue to plough the same furrow as on their previous albums, yet with a little more urgency, consistency and richness that some of their earlier work lacked.


With more bombast than ever before, an added sheen of guitar noise and extra attention directed towards huge choruses does wonders for The Twilight Sad, who after five albums across 12 years, finally found a way to largely channel the misery and gloom they’ve long become associated with into something more hopeful and, dare I say, fun.

God Is in the TV

If you think The Cure are a good thing, and ever find yourself hankering after the cold tension of Faith or the sweeping cinematic grandeur of Disintegration, then there’s a lot in It Won/t Be Like This All The Time that you will want to find time for, even if it’s a record understandably prone to stand or fall on that basis.

Loud and Quiet
Few bands of the Twilight Sad’s generation have even made it to album five, let alone grown with each release, but ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ is the sound of a band in rude health.
Unlike the swirling, guitar-led crash of most of the band’s catalogue, their fifth album is anchored by thudding, motorik beats that create a dancier base on which James exorcises his deepest demons, and it’s an even more intense form of communication.
In discarding expectations The Twilight Sad have delivered something very special indeed.

As it acknowledges current hardships and allow the tiniest glimmer of hope for tomorrow, It Won't Be Like This All the Time proves the Twilight Sad are making some of their most vital music more than a decade into their career.

Rather than being owned by their demons, The Twilight Sad have created an 11-track exorcism to master them. It’s a full-bodied and inescapable mood-piece, and a visceral account of their victory in the fight to exist.
At times the album is formulaic but the commitment to inject sound keeps the record fresh.
Spectrum Culture

It Won’t Be Like This All the Time is a deeply inventive album from a deeply engaging, entertaining and original band. Though their sound is a nod to the past, the Twilight Sad might just inspire its own new crop of imitators.

Crack Magazine
Their songs have always been therapy sessions, a soundscape where it always feels like it’s raining, but this time there’s a big-heartedness to the darkness.
After years of graft, The Twilight Sad are standing tall with a record that affirms that they truly deserve to be here.

‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ ... finds them sonically expanding into an all-encompassing world of sound that’s as equally intense as it is devastatingly raw.

basic bullshit. skip
As someone with a strange love for Scottish accents (blame Trainspotting) and indie rock, this was very enjoyable.
Never MIND. Easily one of the most drastic score changes I've had this year. Overtime the beautiful shoegazey darkwave-esque instrumentation and the incredible vocals just grew on me so much. The track I/m Not Here [missing face] is just perfect, and possibly a slight contender for song of the year. Tracks I thought were just meh are now great. Yeah, it's a bit samey, and it's not the most original or mind-blowing post-punk album out there, but it's one I can't get enough of at the ... read more
I didn't enjoy it honestly :/
Even though this record does have some enjoyable and compelling moments lyrically, this definitely doesn't live up to all the hype from critics because there isn't anything special about this that we haven't heard hundreds of times before from other post-punk artists. I still think it's worth a listen, but don't expect this to be a masterpiece.
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Track List

  1. [10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs]
  2. Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting
  3. The Arbor
  4. VTr
  5. Sunday Day13
  6. I/m Not Here [Missing Face]
  7. Auge/Maschine
  8. Keep It All to Myself
  9. Girl Chewing Gum
  10. Let/s Get Lost
  11. Videograms
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Added on: September 6, 2018