The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Always Foreign
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #241 / 719
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2017 Ratings: #315
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The 405

With this album, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die has stepped up to the challenge of their name (as well as their previous lyrics riffing off the name), and show that they are willing to fight to make it a reality. While this battle may be a substantially uphill one, Always Foreign stands as an impeccable call to arms.

81
GIGsoup
More sleek and shiny than anything they’ve ever put out, ‘Always Foreign’ could easily be the band’s best album – granted you like tighter song structures and less ‘random noise.’
80
Exclaim!

With Always Foreign, TWIABP's chaos is more calculated and controlled, even as their fiery resolve burns from the inside out.

80
Pitchfork

While Always Foreign is by no means a happy record, it’s still a joy to listen to, driven by the same belief in community, evolution, and possibility that earned their debut EP the title of Formlessness.

75
Under The Radar

Given the state of American society and politics in 2017, the catharsis the band taps into on new album Always Foreign sounds more necessary—and terrifying—than ever before.

75
The Line of Best Fit
They feel more effective now that they’ve found a way to write as a focused beam rather than a eclectic lineup of individual musicians, and long-term followers will be thrilled by the album’s back half, which retains their well-established experimental bent.
70
AllMusic

The third studio long-player from the Connecticut-based indie/emo rock troupe, Always Foreign finds the World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die nixing the mostly positive vibes of their two prior outings in favor of a deep dive into miseries both internal and external.

70
No Ripcord

This balancing act of moods can sometimes lend Always Foreign an air of indecision, though if the intent was to take it as majestic as it can be, then they remove any trace of subtlety on the album’s rousing power ballad as if applying the handkerchief-in-hand progressive elements of Queensryche.

60
The Needle Drop
East Coast rock outfit TWIABP returns with a simplified take on their trademark fusion of post-rock and emo.
Scuba
NR
What a terrible band name
deadtomxx
75
That one time of the year when you hear an enjoyable emo album.
panoramareviews
84
El nuevo trabajo de The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die contiene la madurez necesaria para ser considerado el mejor trabajo del colectivo gringo a la fecha. 'Always Foreign' tiene todas las credenciales para cautivar, entretener y estar considerado entre los mejores lanzamientos del 2017.
OpiesFuneral
67
Doesn't have the kick-ass, breathless feel of the last two albums, but still manages to be great in its own right, rising above just being another anti-Trump record by looking inward with as much maturity and insight as it looks outward with.

EDIT: Yeah, a few months later and this album isn't as good imo. I still enjoy the standout moments and songs that pulled me in initially, but as far as the whole album goes, it feels like a missed opportunity. The social/political commentary expressed in ... read more
DJwebb
70
Aside from Marine Tigers and Infinite Steve, The World Is... does away with much of the post-rock sound they've spent their career cultivating. In addition, the band tightens their focus to hone in on shorter, punchier emo tracks. Their execution is to be commended, but the album suffers somewhat by abandoning some of the band's quirks. The vocals don't always mesh well with these less sprawling songs, as evidenced in The Future's strong punk instrumental being dampened by lazy vocals. Always ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#12/The 405
#45/The Alternative
#47/Sputnikmusic

MISC LISTS

#16/Uproxx (Rock)

Track List

  1. I'll Make Everything
  2. The Future
  3. Hilltopper
  4. Faker
  5. Gram
  6. Dillon and Her Son
  7. Blank #12
  8. For Robin
  9. Marine Tigers
  10. Fuzz Minor
  11. Infinite Steve
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