Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
Record label: Fat Cat Records
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance
No One Can Ever Know was a leap into unfamiliar territory for the Twilight Sad, in which they took their sound -- which had previously borrowed from post-punk and post-rock in an expansive and gloomy fashion -- in a more streamlined electronic direction that somehow managed to be even darker than what they'd done before. It was also a set of songs that felt riper for remixes than any of the band's other music. This collection makes good on that promise, offering reworkings that balance the band's original intentions with the remixers' sensibilities and range from danceable to experimental and several points in between.
The Twilight Sad’s No One Can Ever Know should have come packaged with painkillers and razorblades. But suggesting that it’s a simply a dark album cheapens its expressive tones, its morbid lyrical content, and its gut-punch nerviness. No One Can Ever Know is a cathartic album, one that doesn’t race to the bottom, but slowly descends level-by-level, track-by-track, as if Virgil himself were guiding you down to the center of the Earth.
The worth of the remix album has been questioned by critics countless times before, but when a band's sound is completely reinvented, as is the case with The Twilight Sad's No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes, the reasoning behind the album is pretty much self-evident. The original album released earlier this year was a post-rock trek through highlands fogged in bleak nostalgia, but if anything the musical Victor Frankensteins at work on the songs here—including Tom Furse of The Horrors, Com Truise, and, most excitingly, Liars—chop the songs up and create something even more uncomfortable. .
The Twilight Sad’s ‘No One Can Ever Know’, is not an album you would want to meet down a dark alley late at night. And more so, the remix album. After the Scottish band’s recent lurch towards the electronic side of things, it comes as no surprise they would entrust a host of remixers with the stems of the latest offering, but it could not have been predicted those remix buffs would have made it even darker than the original.Remix albums are dangerous in that they might only be enjoyed for the residual elements of the original.