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No One Can Ever Know

The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Ratings: #203 / 955
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2012 Ratings: #253
February 7, 2012 / Release Date
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Fat Cat / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The 405

They've found themselves in a perfect storm of miserablist pop music that would make Trent Reznor proud.

A.V. Club

No One Can Ever Know works because The Twilight Sad knows exactly what old bits to jettison and new ones to embrace without tinkering with its cold, black heart.


No One Can Ever Know ramps up the darkness to unprecedented levels while aligning the groups gloomy rock to new electronic sounds.

Drowned in Sound

No One Can Ever Know’s skill is in wielding bleak nostalgia with subtlety; boyish confusion and fear is tempered with the vague uplift of a reassuringly avuncular narrator.

No Ripcord

There are no compromises to be reached, and that’s what makes No One Can Ever Know such an authoritative listen.

Beats Per Minute

It’s pretty neat to have a band like The Twilight Sad that are quite comfortable with shedding their skin every so often, especially when that shedding feels natural.


No One Can Ever Know is kind of a failure as a total sonic rebranding, but it's a strong transition for the band into something a little more form-fitting while carrying over their commitment to morose atmosphere

Consequence of Sound

For a young band with only three records under its belt, the exactitude and evolution that The Twilight Sad shows on No One is impressive.


If No One Can Ever Know turns out to be a transitional record, it should be exciting to see what’s on the other side.

This is, in my opinion, the most eerie Twilight Sad album. The addition of synths to their sound give the tracks on this album a certain unsettling atmosphere that is unique to this album in their discography. I love the eerie retro vibes all over this thing. This combined with freaky lyrics and a creepy looking album cover make for a pretty unsettling album, moreso than Forget the Night Ahead was. To go through some of my general issues with this album though, for starters we have the ... read more
The Twilight Sad really are an impressively consistent band: their worst album they have released is this one, and yet there's no songs here I'd really consider especially weak. I believe the main problem with this album is that it was a transition into a new sound which wasn't nearly as well developed as what they were playing before, and as a result the instrumentals have difficulty standing out. You still get the same bleakness as always from the lyrics, and as said before it's a very ... read more
Not as good as Fourteen autumns and fifteen winters / nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave but contains pretty gems. It's a bit less cohesive sonically.
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Track List

  1. Alphabet 
  2. Dead City 
  3. Sick 
  4. Don't Move 
  5. Nil 
  6. Don't Look At Me 
  7. Not Sleeping 
  8. Another Bed 
  9. Kill It In The Morning
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Added on: December 30, 2011