Tamer Animals does not skimp on the harmonies- layers upon layers of orchestral sound glide through the proceedings as each track feeds into the whimsy from its predecessor. Aided and abetted by the lush, slightly distorted vocals of Jesse Tabish, a wide range of instruments is featured here with a variety of musicians pulling double-duty. Percussion, violins, cellos, piano, et cetera all contribute to the albumâ€™s majestic tone. Right from opener â€œDark Horseâ€, the listener is enveloped within this sonic journey and the grasp doesnâ€™t wane until at least the albumâ€™s midpoint. Admittedly, Tamer Animals can be an exhausting experience for the listener. The similar structural arrangements result in a hypnotic vibe yet the band never ceases to run out of different harmonies to hoist upon those tracks. This isn't to suggest the album necessarily falls flat in its midsection. However, it does reach its peak and comfortably plateaus after the meteoric rise of its opening five songs (â€œDesertâ€ is a wonderful second-half highlight). Nevertheless, this is one hell of an achievement for any band. Intimately grounded in reality while grandiose in scope, Tamer Animals is beyond fulfilling and a high benchmark for Other Lives.
- Fr. Jones