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There Will Be Fireworks - The Dark, Dark Bright Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.25
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 8.25
Production 8.25
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 8.25
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.88
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 8.75
Production 9.25
Creativity 9.38
Lasting Value 9.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.38
Average: 92%

There Will Be Fireworks - The Dark, Dark Bright

Reviewed by: Zac Djamoos (11/26/13)
There Will Be Fireworks - The Dark, Dark Bright
Record Label: Comets & Cartwheels
Release Date: November 26, 2013


Very few people will know about this record’s existence – let alone give it a listen. That’s a shame. It took There Will Be Fireworks nearly four damn years to write this, and it shows. The Dark, Dark Bright is a beautiful record, and an expansive one. There’re a plethora of sounds attempted on this album, and almost all of them are executed perfectly.

While 2009’s self-titled album was a shimmery post-rock masterpiece, the follow-up EP, 2010’s Because, Because brought some slight folk influence into the bands’ EITS-esque sound. The band pulled it off far better than I could begin to express in words. Clearly the band is not scared to experiment, and The Dark, Dark Bright sees TWBF delving even deeper down that path, toying with a variety of sounds.

There are, as expected, hints of folk (the opening “and our hearts did beat”), and sweeping, grandiose post-rock (probable best song “River”), but then there are songs we never could’ve predicted of TWBF. There’s a hint of ambience here (“Ash Wednesday”), an almost Brand New-like track, appropriately featuring the best lyrics this band has ever written (“Here is Where…”), and at times the band almost dabbles into pop, such as single “Youngblood,” or the chorus of “South Street,” which finds Nick McManus declaring that “The sky can fall tonight/for all I care.”

Speaking of, McManus’ voice is thickly accented. To some, this could be a detriment, but most should find his vocals a unique treat found in few other albums of this ilk. Regardless, it’s hard to criticize a vocalist who sings with as much conviction as he does (see: “River”). McManus isn’t the only one showing conviction here – The Dark, Dark Bright is bursting with some of the most gorgeous instrumentation of 2013. The lush, swelling “River,” the dreamlike “Ash Wednesday,” the Moving Mountains tribute “So Stay Close” are all proof of that. For many people, The Dark, Dark Bright will be nothing – they’ll not even be aware of its release. But for those who do hear it, it’ll mean everything. It’s the kind of album you get lost in, and never want to find your way out of.

8.25/10
 
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07:45 AM on 11/27/13
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So fucking frustrated that my computer is buggered and I haven't heard this yet.
08:13 AM on 11/27/13
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Very solid review. You made me want to check this out. Well done, dude.
10:01 AM on 11/27/13
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Very solid review. You made me want to check this out. Well done, dude.

Thanks man! Do it.
10:22 AM on 11/27/13
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such a great album, and great review man!
11:11 AM on 11/27/13
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Thanks a ton for posting this. Loved their previous album and EP but had no idea they had something new out.
11:52 AM on 11/27/13
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such a great album, and great review man!

Much luv Yebastian. Thx 4 introducin me 2 em
12:12 PM on 11/27/13
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Much luv Yebastian. Thx 4 introducin me 2 em

yeah mayne. No problem. Probably a top 5 band for me naow!
12:49 PM on 11/27/13
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Want to hear.
03:18 PM on 11/27/13
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woah, this is really good. Thanks for the review
08:45 PM on 11/27/13
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Gorgeous album. Leaps and bounds better than the debut.
01:43 PM on 11/30/13
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i feel like "youngblood" could be a hit if it ever got to the ears of the right people. Great album, love the first CD but this one is growing nicely.
09:42 AM on 12/01/13
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Stunning album, thanks for giving it some visibility, will be listening to it on repeat for a good while.
04:43 AM on 12/02/13
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How do I hear it? It's not on their bandcamp / spotify as far as I can see?
04:11 PM on 12/02/13
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As much as I dig this record I think River is easily the best song on here and wish more of it was in that direction. I need more of that stuff in my life, haha.
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