Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

We Are the Tide

Expunged Records

From the moment the first notes of the first track “Half Moon” play, you know that this is a different Blind Pilot. Where their brilliant debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound was a sparse, intimate record, We Are the Tide is more mature and just flat-out better.

“Keep You Right” has the band reaching out for something more. The music is more urgent than their last album and the vocals (while still slightly harmonizing and occasionally sing/spoken) push vocalist Israel Nebeker’s voice to the limits of his range and completely open up the songs to reach yet another level of greatness.

They haven’t completely changed, however. “White Apple” and “Get It Out” have the same quiet calm sound as their debut, further proving that despite how their sound has grown, they still haven’t completely abandoned what has made them so good. “Always” sounds an awful lot like Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” just without the cute quirkiness.

Blind Pilot has always been a band that can play on your emotions like a perfectly-tuned six-string. On We Are the Tide, they take your heart, gently caress it, take down all the walls and inhibitions that life has built, and hand it back to you with the care and tenderness of a priceless painting. You will become putty while listening and they will mold you into a version of yourself that you never knew you could become. For that reason, We Are the Tide is the album of 2012 that was released in 2011.

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