ALBUM: Tonight Alive – The Other Side

Release Date: September 9th, 2013
Label: Search & Destroy Records/Sony Music


Tonight Alive are taking off, featuring in several notable publications, making big-name tour appearances and constantly increasing the number of fans talking about them. This band from Australia are taking the music scene by storm. Following up their breakthrough release ‘What Are You So Scared Of?’ with new full-length album ‘The Other Side’, it shows just how far this band have come in such a short amount of time and really justifies the hype this band are receiving.

Most noticeable from the start is how Tonight Alive have progressed as a band, sounding far more developed and cohesive on opening track ‘The Ocean’ and hit single ‘Lonely Girl’. Across this record, the band shift from their pop-punk roots to a more straight-up rock sound, even songs that have solid choruses such as ‘Don’t Wish’ and ‘Hell And Back’ don’t rely on them to become a hook in order to stand out.

Frontwoman Jenna McDougall‘s vocals have clearly developed. Where on ‘WAYSSO?’ she would push her voice to hit a huge note, on ‘The Other Side’ she seems far more in control of her higher range on tracks, such as ‘Bathwater’. Without a doubt the best performances on this record come from the darker tracks, when the band come together for their heaviest deliveries on ‘The Fire’ and huge number ‘No Different’. These tracks let Tonight Alive show the potential they have to be a fully fledged rock band rather than the teenage pop kids so many thought they were.

‘The Other Side’ is a fantastic release. Tonight Alive have come so far as a band and this record really does that growth justice and proves that they deserve the success they’re getting. Showing growth in every aspect of their band and continuing to build on that improvement will only take them further. 2013 is a big year for Tonight Alive.

Written by Jonathon Barlow

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