Connecticut’s The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die are a band that are constantly changing and always evolving. The band have had an impressive number of people join and leave, and uphold the appearance of being a “collective” rather than a band. An expansive journey of creativity, some might say.
With their previous two efforts, ‘Whenever, If Ever’ and ‘Harmlessness’, sounding worlds apart, it was obvious that both albums had been recorded with two different line-ups. The big surprise here is that, even though third full-length ‘Always Foreign’ marks yet another record in The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die‘s catalogue with another different line-up, it feels like the most consistent and honest record that they’ve released to date.
Opener ‘I’ll Make Everything’ is a sonically beautiful track. Simple and concise with its message of hope and optimism with lyrics such as “I’ll make everything look like it’s happy / I’ll make everything look like it’s rad”, it’s an unparalleled paradox to their previous releases, and shows a growth and maturity.
There are so many stand out moments scattered and showcased across the record, be it the post-political lyrical content of ‘Marine Tigers’ that epitomises the current state of America, or the musically dark and lyrically malicious ‘Hilltoper’, which is quite clearly written about an ex-band member. The record flows so well, and it’s an uneasy and hard listen at times, which only adds to intensity.
Unfortunately, the only letdown here comes in the form of ‘The Future’, which is a no fuss, bog standard indie rock song, but with the band’s own little twist. As a stand-alone track, it’s near on perfection for indie mainstream and it’s catchy as hell. However, it just doesn’t fit on the album and sticks out like a sore thumb. The only downside on a near flawless record.
It’s incredible that a band with so many different members, five different singers, a producer that’s a part of the band, and countless studio members can create an album that is this polished and uncomplicated in what it is set out to achieve. ‘Always Foreign’ shows The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die at the absolute top of their game, and, if they continue in this manor, then there really is no limit to what this band can achieve.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)