With arguably one of the best band names in music, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die’s highly anticipated second album ‘Harmlessness’ does not disappoint. This is the full package, it is gorgeous right down to the album art.
One could easily break this album down into its components and analyse its soaring guitars, insightful, longing lyrics and emotional and passionate drummer; the likes of which just don’t seem to exist anymore but ‘Harmlessness’ is an album that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Emotional and passionate, listening from start to finish is an immersive experience that will take you through highs and lows. The opener, ‘You Can’t Live There Forever’ has a completely different feel to the rest of the album, but it is a fantastic first track that introduces themes of morality and human sadness. After that The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die (TWIABP) cement their positions as the Kings of Crescendo and leave you on the edge of your seat with anticipation.
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TWIABP are like a pop-punk band all grown up, using their music to deal with issues like mental health and the darker side of real life, such as ‘January 10th, 2014’ which tells the true story of “Diana, the hunter of bus drivers”, a woman in Mexico who murdered two bus drivers as an act of vengeance for largely ignored sexual assaults which were being committed by drivers on their routes. These raw and meaty themes give the album a depth that radiates throughout and makes it all hit that bit harder.
Trying to pick highlights from this album would result in a stupidly long list of tracks but special mention has to go to the towering vocals, hope, elevation and pure passion of ‘I Can Be Afraid Of Anything’ and the massive 9 minute ‘Mount Hum’. It takes a brave band to include such long tracks but if anyone can pull it off TWIABP can.
A cathartic album that deals with sadness, morality, death and depression yet still manages to thread a vein of hope through the melodies, meaning it makes for one of the most stunning albums of 2015 so far.
‘Harmlessness’ is out now via Epitaph Records and Broken World Media.