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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Scottish indie rock quintet was produced by band's guitarist, Andy MacFarlane.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. Jan 14, 2019
    100
    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.
  2. Jan 11, 2019
    100
    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.
  3. 95
    It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (IWBLTATT) is another dauntless step forward, unflinchingly embracing the core aspects of their sound, while boldly incorporating loftier ideas. It is not some grandiose attempt at a knockout punch or some cheap leap at the mainstream; you cannot fake sentiment, or force people to feel something. IWBLTATT is a laser guided arrow to the heart; an enveloping noise that chips away at you over time.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    82
    This is their most listenable album, one that dials back the heavy-handed metaphors and overwhelming musical gloom for something more danceable and upbeat, though still dour as ever lyrically.
  5. 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. We should feel grateful to have them.
  6. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    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.
  7. Mojo
    Jan 11, 2019
    60
    Their initial torrid confluence of My Bloody Valentine and Joy Division here shapeshifts more towards "synth-assisted stadium nu-gaze," with odd Kraut-y hints of early Simple Minds, and frequent echoes of their new found patron: fune-real The Arbor is pure Disintegration, while shimmering Keep It All To Yourself has Kiss Me! Kiss Me! Kiss Me!'s hi-tech dazzle. [Feb 2019, p.88]

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  1. Jan 23, 2019
    10
    These guys should be way bigger than they are. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters was almost 12 years ago and I still scratch my head as toThese guys should be way bigger than they are. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters was almost 12 years ago and I still scratch my head as to why they didn't become massive off the back of that album, which still sounds amazing today. This new record is definitely their most well-rounded and cohesive album. The sound they're producing now is incredible; Andy's guitar creates thrillingly varied waves of noise complemented perfectly by the industrial synths and droning bass lines and James's lyrics are more accessible, not that I don't love the metaphors of Fourteen Autumns. The songs are more accessible and have more obvious hooks without cynically shooting for the mainstream. This is a special album with a depth that rewards repeat listens. Life's seldom fair, but if there's any justice this album will find them the bigger audience they richly deserve. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2019
    10
    Been a Sad fan since 2011. They've never produced a bad album but this one is something else. It flows beautifully from track to track, theBeen a Sad fan since 2011. They've never produced a bad album but this one is something else. It flows beautifully from track to track, the lyrics are more direct than before which is a refreshing change and James delivers the vocal performance of his entire career. A lovely post-punk, noise rock Scottish gem that has something for everyone. Expand