As Tall As Lions – You Can’t Take It With You
You Can’t Take It With You is a product of love from a band that had such dramatic changes in producers that some believed that this album would never see the day of light. As Tall As Lions had some difficulties writing this album, but now everything is behind them, and we are present with a magnificent piece of work by these talented rockers.
Although it’s album artwork might indicate at first a metaphor, basically about possessions, the songs are much more divergent. Kicking things of with ‘Circles’, the band shows as sound a mix between U2’s convicted vocals and Coldplay’s moody compositions. It’s easy to assume that the band sounds exactly like that throughout the album, but ATAL are not a typical band. Thanks to the numerous changes in producers, the band never manages to maintain a certain sound for more than three tracks on the album, resulting in a somewhat awkward transition between songs such as in ‘In Case Of Rapture’ and ‘We’s Been Waitin’ ‘.
But that issue aside, YCTIWY is a fantastic album, filled with thoroughly composed songs with adequated lyrics to the indie-rock lovers. In fact, the lyrics are what truly prevents this album from being a masterpiece. They aren’t bad, but they aren’t a standout either. The lyrics are not going to be the reason that will put you listening to As Tall As Lions. It’s a shame, because with a little more effort, this album could’ve been easily a classic.
You Can’t Take It With You is a fantastic collection of songs that will not disappoint who has been waiting for this album for a long time. It’s a beautiful, emotional album from a great band. It isn’t a masterpiece, but if ATAL correct their mistakes in their next album, they might make one of the finest albums of the year.