Good Tiger – “We Will All Be Gone”

I probably don’t need to introduce this band, as they have been hyped up for months. Good Tiger’s second record “We Will All Be Gone” has been released a month ago and the time has finally come to tell you the truth about it.

I didn’t want to like this record. Then I thought: There has to be a reason why everybody and their mama is so excited about Good Tiger. Generally, I can’t deny that “We Will All Be Gone” is consistently well written and executed. Good Tiger deliver some cheerful yet mysterious tracks like “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” and “Blueshift”, continue quite strongly with catchy tunes like “Float On” and display a striking maturity as musicians throughout the record. The issue, though, is the following: I have been listening to this record for over a month now. I give up! I can’t find anything here that is so outstanding to justify the hype around this band. I’m sorry. The different colors and textures in the music do gradually unfold with every new listen. However, you reach a point where you’ve had enough. This is good, but not very exciting alternative rock. Good Tiger claim that every song is different, but I’ve heard more diversity on 3-track EPs and even after so many listens, the songs still seem to blend together into a huge pile of undefined something with a mostly uneasy and over-motivated vocalist in the thick of it.

Even though I do recognize the musicality of this band, I’m having issues immersing myself in this record. I seem to be constantly staying on the surface. Or maybe I’ve been subconsciously attending to Good Tiger’s warning from the first track: “Please don’t swim, there’s something in the water” …

Release date: February 9, 2018

Rating: average (3)

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

01. The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking
02. Float On
03. Such a Kind Stranger
04. Blueshift
05. Salt of the Earth
06. Grip Shoes
07. Just Shy
08. Nineteen Grams
09. Cherry Lemon
10. I’ll Finish This Book Later

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