Album Review: Tonight Alive - The Other Side (2013 LP)

Tonight Alive started building a name for themselves in 2008, touring with big name bands such as All Time low and Simple Plan. In 2010 they released their debut EP All Shapes and Disguises, which sold more than 20,000 copies in Australia and Japan. Now the five-piece pop punk band from Sydney is set to release a full length album The Other Side.

The opening track “The Ocean” can easily be compared to something Paramore would release; it is pure pop rock with a great guitar riff and exploding drum lines. “Don’t Wish” starts off slowly but kicks right back into high gear when the chorus starts.

“Lonely Girl” is the lead single from the album and if you like catchy songs, this will probably your favourite track on the LP. “Hell and Back” showcases front woman Jenna McDougall’s voice as she really digs deep and gets into the emotions she is feeling.

There are a lot of different sounds on the album; on one side “The Other Side” brings a classic pop sound which transitions straight into “The Fire” which goes straight back into rock.

From listening to the album as a whole, it’s easy to hear who the band list as their influences as their songs come through in what Tonight Alive have released. “Come Home” is one of the few songs that are unique to the band, it really shows the bands talents in song writing and performing.

“Bathwater” slows the album down, but don’t get to use to it as the next few songs go straight back to the same sounds as the rest of the album.
“You Don’t Owe Me Anything” closes the album on a high note, literally. The notes McDougall reach towards the end of the track are incredible.

The album is a fine release if you like classic pop punk, though you won't find much in the originality department. That said, parts of the album show how much potential Tonight Alive have, it’s just a pity they haven’t created their own sound for the album.

Review Score: 6.9 out of 10

Tonight Alive's The Other Side is out September 6, 2013.
You can pre-order it now on the band's official website.