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Illusory Walls by The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

Illusory Walls

Release Date: Oct 8, 2021

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Epitaph


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Illusory Walls

Exceptionally Good, Based on 3 Critics

Sputnikmusic - 94
Based on rating 4.7/5

The world is a beautiful place, but we have to make it that way. My first exposure to The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die was over a decade ago and I felt nothing. Crammed into a ***ty Midwestern bar, I saw a mess of emo stalwarts. They were ragged and overly sentimental; vital and genuine, but rough and overzealous. They've existed in countless permutations since then, morphing into something altogether different from the great emo-revival-hope of the early 2010s.

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Exclaim - 90
Based on rating 9/10

The world is an ugly place and we are constantly afraid to die! Billionaires retreat to mansions and yachts while millions of people toil below the poverty line, overworked and underpaid. Private healthcare insurers and pharmaceutical companies count their profits while patients go bankrupt in overcrowded hospitals or die of preventable disease. The rich enjoy endless comforts while the tired and hungry make impossible choices.

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Pitchfork - 68
Based on rating 6.8/10

The past few years have been enough to turn the widest-eyed dreamer into a staunchly cynical realist. For The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, the next step is salvaging the wreckage and reconstructing it as a brutalist sculpture. The band--whose five members are split between Philadelphia and rural Connecticut--is best known for bringing a hyper-specific authenticity and uplifting collectivism to the wistful guitar plucks and squeaky singing of the early 2010s emo revival.

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