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Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters

The Twilight Sad’s debut album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, offers nine tracks filled with melancholic lyrics and music that is softly sweet at times, and quaking at others. The album reaches far, but it is not a stand-out. Although intense and gripping at times, many of the tracks fall slightly short of being great. Singer James Graham’s heavy Scottish accent is not just a voice, but is its own instrument - and one of the most notable features of this Glasgow band. The music overall is interesting and formed by guitar, bass, drums, accordion, piano and distortion, but it’s not tight nor does each song stand on its own. Instead they disappear into one another, often making you feel like you’re listening to one song on repeat. But The Twilight Sad does have potential, which can be heard on tracks like “That summer, at home I had become the invisible boy” and the aching title track, which is instrumental. Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters may not be remembered for long, but hopefully we’ll see better things to come from The Twilight Sad.

Written by: Beverly Jenkins-Crockett, May 18th 2007