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 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #3 / 83
User Score
Based on 314 ratings
2019 Ratings: #16
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
100
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.
95
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.

90
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.
90
PopMatters
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.
90
musicOMH

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.

85
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.

82
Paste

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.

80
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.

80
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.
80
DIY
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.
80
Clash
In discarding expectations The Twilight Sad have delivered something very special indeed.
80
AllMusic

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.

80
NME
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.
76
GIGsoup
At times the album is formulaic but the commitment to inject sound keeps the record fresh.
75
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.

70
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.
60
Dork
After years of graft, The Twilight Sad are standing tall with a record that affirms that they truly deserve to be here.
Strangelightsyd
75
As someone with a strange love for Scottish accents (blame Trainspotting) and indie rock, this was very enjoyable.
luna128
40
basic bullshit. skip
Inglume
68
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.
rydenoir
80
It took me exactly 3 listens to realize, that The Twilight Sad had just released an absolute banger of a record. "IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME" is filled with electrifying post-punk/indie rock songs which are very well made, completely infectious and have the tendency to sound better with every listen!

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I was incredibly pleased with how this LP turned out. The first couple listens were quite enjoyable, but I didn't really feel like I "got" the record yet. Of course ... read more
ChukPizel
52
You heard one post punk, gothic, industrial, Shoegaze, 80's throwback instrumental you heard them all. However, though the general sound is boring, the front mans vocals work well with the limited variation with his dark heart broken lyrics and vocals. Not to say there is bad songs, but goddam this is so overrated, repetitive, and critic bait. I was so bored, jesus. I could see this quite appealing though, just needs to be less redundant and repetitive and start doing more with this powerful ... read more
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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