The World is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid To Die- Harmlessness

Review by Sarah Negron

The World Is A Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die- Harmlessness

Grade: A

The World Is A Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die. Crazy ass band name with an awesome album.

Harmlessness is the band’s sophomore studio album and honestly I can’t stop listening to it. It’s one of those albums you can just let play from beginning to end and be okay with it. Although the band has gone through some changes, like members leaving and David Bello kind of adding a more stable tone to his voice, it works. Unlike their 2013 album, Whenever, If Ever, the vocals sound much different and you can tell that the band went for a turn in the right direction.

Despite some changes and some maturity of vocals, this album still feels like good ol’ TWIABP. They still maintain that 2009 emo rock edge that made me fall in love with them in the first place.

Their track “Ra Patera Dance,” really gives off a sound that reminds me of their older stuff. That subtle use of electronica in this track as well as “Mental Health,” keeps things interesting and it’s almost like their trademark technique now.

As you listen on to the album, it gets even better. “We Need More Skulls,” brings the album to the darker side with more emotional vocals and harsh use of electric guitar. Creepy echoes and weird instrumentation gives me the chills, not to mention the lyrics are a little strange as well. TWIABP did not disappoint with this album. They’ve matured, incorporated new things, yet still stayed true to the sound they love and are known for.


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