No One Can Ever Know - The Twilight Sad
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    83
    The bleakest of the band's albums, No One Can Ever Know works because The Twilight Sad knows exactly what old bits to jettison and new ones to embrace without tinkering with its cold, black heart.
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    [Producer Andrew Weatherall] helped bring out a kind of claustrophobic, harmonic distortion. [Mar 2012, p.113]
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Reenergizing the band after a lackluster sophomore effort, the move [of switching guitars for synthesizers] has led to an atmospheric, assured and largely compelling record.
  4. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    A tense and absorbing record that creates its own world for you to live in.
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    There are no compromises to be reached, and that's what makes No One Can Ever Know such an authoritative listen.
  6. Feb 3, 2012
    80
    James Graham's ragged brogue remains deeply affecting, humanizing this unsettling music. [Mar 2012, p.101]
  7. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Purer than innocence and richer than gold, No One Can Ever Know confirms that The Twilight Sad are simply too good to remain a-little-less-than-well-known outside the restrictive realms of slightly-less-than-world-conqering 'zines.
  8. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Who knows what direction they may go in the future but it would have to be very special indeed to top this hugely impressive comeback.
  9. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Whereas Editors seem to ape the tortured soul of Joy Division, here it's the real deal.
  10. They do doom and gloom very well, and more importantly, offer their own unique slant on the sound rather than sound like Joy Division clones.
  11. Once again, they have created an album that sounds very little like their past recordings and yet still sounds exactly like The Twilight Sad.
  12. Feb 2, 2012
    74
    Frigid, militant, and rhythmic.
  13. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    No One Can Ever Know is quite a good album, not as fresh as the debut, but more complicated and premeditated.
  14. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Though it never explodes, No One Can Ever Know comes to its unnerving climaxes at just the right points and feels in its own right like a totally cohesive recording of something dark and unforgivable.
  15. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    Some way off a breakthrough they may be, but they're still a chilling thrill for those unafraid of the dark.
  16. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    An album that rewards patience and careful attention; the band has always known how to capitalize on subtlety, but now it's the name of the game.
  17. Feb 8, 2012
    70
    It holds its cards close, but it's the kind of album that rewards patience and a willingness to dig into the album's complexity and deeply personal nature.
  18. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    No One Can Ever Know reaffirms that the Twilight Sad are unafraid of challenging themselves or their listeners, and for better or worse, there's something admirable about that uncompromising attitude.
  19. 70
    For a young band with only three records under its belt, the exactitude and evolution that The Twilight Sad shows on No One is impressive.
  20. 70
    Fans of the Cure's late '80s material will find much to love about No One Can Ever Know. [Mar 2012, p.99]
  21. Feb 7, 2012
    64
    Fans may take a while to warm up to this new material, but turning down the volume isn't always a bad thing.
  22. Feb 16, 2012
    60
    Melodic, dark and captivating.
  23. Feb 10, 2012
    50
    This is a timid stand for a band who've made a career out of courageously embracing their fears.
  24. Mar 19, 2012
    40
    It's been a long time since their debut album was released in 2007 and maybe nostalgia is working against them, but No One Can Ever Know can barely keep the walls interested.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 24, 2012
    10
    The Twilight Sad are one of those band s that should be huge, but for whatever reason have failed to make it on to radio playlist. A that isThe Twilight Sad are one of those band s that should be huge, but for whatever reason have failed to make it on to radio playlist. A that is one gigantic shame. With this new release TTS have moved to a more Synth style of music. the albums is a corker from track one Alphabet to the closing Kill It in the Morning. Standout tracks Dead City and Nil and first single Sick will make sure you listen more than once. Now if only we could get them to tour Australia. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    4
    "No One Can Ever Know" is the third, industrial and somewhat darker than its predecessor "The Wrong Car" album from Scottish band The Twilight"No One Can Ever Know" is the third, industrial and somewhat darker than its predecessor "The Wrong Car" album from Scottish band The Twilight Sad. They still relies on melodic indie rock - on the album used mainly synth backgrounds and slightly electronic inserts ("Sick", "Do not Move"), highlighted role of the bass in "Do Not Look At Me" and much more spontaneous "Another Bed" or introduced piano theme in "Not Sleeping". Despite all of these treatments, compositions seem awfully similar to each other, sometimes even dull. What's more vocal line - which also not everyone will relish - only completes this feeling. Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    10
    I was a fan already with their first two albums, but this album is an apotheosis. Listeners who are not already in love with Joy Division haveI was a fan already with their first two albums, but this album is an apotheosis. Listeners who are not already in love with Joy Division have no background to truly judge this album, because this is the best thing in this genre of music since Closer. Is the whole album really a requiem for a dead mother? I would love to spend a night drinking with James. The thing about this album is that once you get it, after at least 3 listens, is every song is great. This album has been a drug that you can not get enough of....not since The Nationals Alligator has an album been this addictive. Best song, probably Nil, but Kill Them in the Morning and Alphabet are a close second, but hell, every track is just as pertinent to the whole. Full Review »