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The Twilight Sad, ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’ (Fat Cat)

Anthemic Scots the Twilight Sad walk a fine line between drippy sentimentality and rough-edged realism. The majestic “And She Would Darken the Memory” almost overindulges, but frontman James Graham cuts through the cathedral echo with a hoarse brogue. The treacly guitar on “Cold Days From the Birdhouse” is punctured to perfection by a single, nagging piano note. And finally, on “Walking for Two Hours,” the band finds a blissful balance, weaving a soothing accordion line into a bashed-out chorus.

Now Hear This: The Twilight Sad – “Cold Days from the Birdhouse” DOWNLOAD MP3