From the first track on their new release, We Will All Be Gone, the members of Good Tiger manage a very triumphant sound. They’re confident in the presentation of their music. Confidence in music is something that you might not notice until it’s either gone or it all rushes back, but it contributes to the music being of a certain timeless quality, and that force is definitely at play here. The feeling of confidence in a vast, expansive musical presentation runs as a thread through the album and returns with a flourish at the end.
Coleman’s vocals feel suited like a puzzle piece with the rest of the music on the album. They’re stellar and help the music shine. The songs feel thoughtful in just the right way. They’re not haughty, like songs that are “thoughtful” music can get sometimes. Rather, they’re catchy, painting just enough of a mental landscape to allow the listener an engaging experience while playing the album. The songs have a nice rock and roll-feeling edge to them; although it’s the farthest thing from just a rock album, the music goes low enough at times to maintain that edge.
When making any album that consists, either explicitly or through inspiration, of personal anecdotes, it’s not a given that a band is going to come out feeling timeless and not just petty, but these guys pull it off perfectly. Their album is full of more than just vague platitudes; it relies upon a vivid sense of storytelling imbued with meaning. The band comes up with inventive ways to get their messages across. What you might call musical psychology is a treacherous field, to put it lightly – it’s difficult to poke around the edges of the human experience in whatever context, musical or otherwise. The musicians of Good Tiger have an apparent gift, however.
Their new album is put together well enough to easily distinguish itself from other “alternative” releases. The music is definitively unique. The album leans heavily on repeated lines at times, in a way that makes it hard to forget what you’re listening to.
There are nods on the album to the technical music of bands like Hail The Sun, and Coleman’s vocals being on the higher end of the scale reinforces this feeling. There’s a lot more to the music, though, than just lumping it into a category. Good Tiger takes that beginning of an idea built upon by other bands and places it in an entirely fresh and inviting landscape.