Charmer (CD)


Tigers Jaw

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Amoeba Review

05/30/2014

Tiger's Jaw is a band treading the increasingly irrelevant line between pop-punk and power-pop and on this, their new album, the first since some internal re-organization, the band leans toward the latter with a slower tempo and more complex compositional dynamics, more intricate chord voicings, and more nuanced ways of expressing a decidedly contemporary melancholy pining, rife with romantic disappointment and a shuffling millenial ennui. The guitars still tear like paper and crackle like flames but at a tempo more suited to campfire than arson. There's a new jitteriness in their sound, a nervous and occasionally discordant tapping of muted 16th notes that come across as vaguely new wave, especially when paired with vocalist Adam McIlwee's increasingly laconic pleas. The laconic pleading usually gives way to an anthemic mopey caterwaul, too American for Morrissey but too skinny and pale for Springsteen. Charmer is an album that should appeal to a broader swath of listeners than the band's previous releases and, as always, those genre taxonomists resistant to change will call sell-out, but at the end of the day, this is music that is too intimate, too abject in its emotional content to ever properly sell out, even if it wanted to. And that, my friends, is an achievement.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Cool
Tigers Jaw
2.
Frame You
Tigers Jaw
3.
Hum
Tigers Jaw
4.
Charmer
Tigers Jaw
5.
Nervous Kids
Tigers Jaw
6.
I Envy Your Apathy
Tigers Jaw
7.
Divide
Tigers Jaw
8.
Slow Come On
Tigers Jaw
9.
Teen Rocket
Tigers Jaw
10.
Soft Spoken
Tigers Jaw
11.
Distress Signal
Tigers Jaw
12.
What Would You Do
Tigers Jaw

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