Following on from the highly enjoyable and dark 2012 release of ‘No One Can Ever Know’, Scottish indie-rock band offer an accompanying live album, performed with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The live album titled ‘Live At Paisley Abbey’ is a free album, featuring live renditions of tracks spanning The Twilight Sad’s three studio albums, and ‘The Wrong Car’ EP. The album offers up a wonderful insight into the force of The Twilight Sad’s live performances, as well as some wonderful renditions of some of the bands older tracks, gloriously updated into their new dark and ferocious style of music.
The Twilight Sad offer an incredible live album, that is certainly pleasing for fans of the band (not only due to it being a free album). The album sees The Twilight Sad incorporating The Royal Scottish National Orchestra into their music, utilizing the beautiful instrumentals to haunting effect. It has a wonderful impact on The Twilight Sad’s music, complimenting it brilliantly and affirming its place on the live album. The album offers a very strong track-list that features some of the band’s best work from across their career. Each track brilliantly manages to compliment the next as the album progresses, all down to the arrangements The Twilight Sad have opted for the performance.
Although some of the reworkings on some of the tracks featured on ‘Live At Paisley Abbey’ draw some brilliantly ideas out of some of The Twilight Sad’s older songs, it seems that it hasn’t worked well for all the tracks chosen for the album. A few tracks on the album don’t seem to have the same amount of impact as some of the earlier songs, and their reworkings don’t seem to draw all that much out of them. It’s certainly interesting in some cases, but it is arguable that on the tracks that don’t work to well, that their album counterparts are much more satisfying (as opposed to the tracks that manage to trump their original versions).
Overall, The Twilight Sad have offered an incredibly satisfying release. ‘Live At Paisley Abbey’ is a very rewarding and generous release by The Twilight Sad, who have managed to outdo themselves on last free release of ‘Acoustic EP’, which saw The Twilight Sad brilliantly reworking their loud noisy tracks from ‘Forget The Night Ahead’ into wonderful acoustic renditions. ‘Live At Paisley Abbey’ certainly cements itself as a brilliantly pleasing release, which offers up some brilliant versions of some of The Twilight Sad’s best songs in their discography.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- The Wrong Car
- I Became A Prostitute
- Cold Days From The Birdhouse
The Twilight Sad’s Live album ‘Live At Paisley Abbey’ is available for free at: http://www.fat-cat.co.uk/thetwilightsad/