Album Review: Quiet Company – We Are All Where We Belong

Austin, TX natives Quiet Company have created an album that should raise plenty of eyebrows, elicit a few audible wows, and get some serious word-of-mouth buzz. We Are All Where We Belong combines different feels, influences, and energies into a work that should be sought out and listened to at full volume.

“The Confessor” opens the LP with a quiet, pulsing organ and lead singer Taylor Muse’s soft, Ben Gibbard-like vocals floating in a sea of choral ooos and ahhs. He sings, “Don’t wanna waste my time thinkin’ about the afterlife,” over one bouncy piano, all before every instrument the band can muster blasts into a raucous, church revival that would make The Polyphonic Spree envious. After that, album standout “You, Me, & the Boatman” defies you not to pump your fists amidst the exploding drums and trumpets. Muse begs his love to stay with him “until the boatman comes,” letting out some incredibly impressive screams during the line “because I don’t care about the past or future/so let’s live to love and love to live!”

Quiet Company has constructed the music to channel a kind of Saves the Day/Get Up Kids power-punk youth, only mirroring the lyrical sensibilities of, say, The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy. Muse’s lyrics tell a tale of someone moving away from God and the church and questioning a belief system that seems flawed and circumspect. “The Black Sheep & the Shepherd” puts it simply: “And into safer arms we run/with a thorn in our sides and devils inside/So who are we running from?”

With well-crafted, honest lyricism and scarily catchy instrumentation, Quiet Company has created an album that sticks to your feet, but in a very enjoyable way.

Essential Tracks: “You, Me, & the Boatman”, “The Black Sheep & the Shepherd”, and “We Went to the Renaissance Fair…”


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