Track Review: Tyler Glenn, ‘Midnight’
After several biting singles denouncing the Mormon church, Tyler Glenn opts for a ballad about his continuing relationship with God.
“Midnight” is the final pre-release single from Excommunication, the debut album by Tyler Glenn. “Midnight” contrasts previous singles, opting for balladry. Even though the tempo is slower, the mood is still intense as the Neon Trees frontman gets things off of his chest.
The most striking part of “Midnight” is the chorus. As of yet, Glenn has made it clear he’s done with the Mormon church. That said, on the chorus, he suggests he’s not done with God. This is captivating because it falls in line with the philosophy of a relationship with God, but sans religion.
“God, where the hell are you hiding? / My hands are in the air and I’m excited / I’ve been on the run, so I’m not coming Sunday / it’s alright, I’ll probably talk to you at midnight / God, I could never be like you / I can’t change, I can’t change and I don’t want to / I have been on the run, so I’m not coming Sunday / it’s alright, I’ll probably talk to you at midnight.”
Christians will clearly take offense to “Midnight” nearly as much as they did on “Trash.” Glenn uses hell as profanity as opposed to its Biblical context. Although this is generally considered a minor curse word, in the context of God, this further shows Glenn’s rebelliousness and a touch of blasphemy. The blasphemy / reclamation of life continues as Glenn is enjoying his freedom from church and being true to himself. Even so, he can’t turn away from God.
Much like “Trash” or “G.D.M.M.L. Grls,” the lyrics are the centerpiece. Compared to the other singles, “Midnight” isn’t quite as flashy. Nonetheless, Glenn sings it well. It’s sincere, and the feisty lyrics give it the edge it needs to convey the message without a hitch.
All in all, “Midnight” is another sound piece of Glenn’s forthcoming album. Arguably, the other singles are better, but this one is equally meaningful. Another powerful, authentic message by all means. Glenn sounds heavenly… in a hellish sort of way…
Tyler Glenn • Excommunication • Island • Release: 10.21.16
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