Published February 11, 2013
‘I Will Die And You Will Die And It Will Be Alright’ reflects a world riddled with cold comforts. Singer/songwriter Þórir Georg uses the chanted title track as a clear-cut thesis statement: Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we might die. But at least there’s a chance we might go out choking on cake. Even with an emotional cloud over the slacker folk album, the musician manages a melancholy optimism. “If there is a God I hope he is more than what we talked about,” Georg sings with a heart-crushing sincerity on “Thrive.” Unlike the average poet with a guitar (Read: emo), Georg is unafraid to take a crooked path, dipping into a bag of tricks—including flat-footed vocal phrasing and liberal use of feedback—that points to his previous life as a hardcore punk. While occasionally he takes a wrong turn and finds himself dead-ended by a trite phrase (“You Can Lead A Horse To Water But You Can’t Make It Drink”) his sense of honesty more or less supersedes the need to paint a pretty picture.
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