Let us all take a moment to marvel at Tonight Alive’s new song “Lonely Girl,” the second single released off the band’s highly anticipated album The Other Side.
Jenna McDougall doesn’t fail to disappoint with her expansive range displayed in this track, easily whizzing through the low and falsetto tones of her voice in the song’s solid melody lines. Any listener can sense the disdain in her voice when she is speaking to the character of “the lonely girl” in the track, complementing the words themselves through her tonality.
The whole musicality of the track is a balance of heavy rock and their poppy essence. It speaks a lot to the production of the track, with every breakdown and sudden change of verse being carefully tailored to the strengths of both McDougall and the band. Their rock, her pop. Don’t get me wrong though, this girl can sincerely rock.
Though the track is solid and something I’ll be playing for awhile, I was hoping to hear something a little different from “The Ocean,” the first single off the new album. On the other hand, the themes of the songs are entirely different and McDougall’s voice doesn’t have the ‘slap in the face’ kind of demeanor like “The Lonely Girl.”
In all respects, if at least four tracks of The Other Side are a small step up from this one, it has the makes to be Tonight Alive’s best work yet.