Album Reviews

At The Close Of Every Day – Troostprijs
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 14:29
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At The Close Of Every Day has a way with presenting their album. Whether it’s a book with the CD taped in it or a puzzle accompanying the album, the least you can say is that this Dutch outfit makes their releases stand out.

And that’s no different with their new album, “Troostprijs”. The first 1000 copies of the album come in a beautiful handmade packaging that’s too difficult to explain here. So just make sure you’re one of the first to pick up the album! Their first since 2005’s “De Geluiden Van Weleer”. Sure, there was the remix album “Leaves You Puzzled” last year but that wasn’t any good if you ask me. And even though the title “Troostprijs” might led you to believe otherwise, it’s not the prize they hand out to losers and the songs are not in Dutch. What a mindfuck huh?

Musically ATCOED is just as whimsical... it’s extremely mellow music but at the same time there is this strange tension coming off of the lyrics that courses through all of the songs. The band’s songs may sound stripped down like on their last album but then in comes a horn section like we got to know on “The Silja Symphony” or the warm sounds of a marching band which is something new for Minco Eggersman and co.

I honestly can’t think of a single other band out there that sounds anything like At The Close Of Every Day but I can tell you that with “Troostprijs” these Dutchies have released yet another beautiful, heartwarming album that will light up even the coldest and darkest day.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.