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11:18 AM on 09/20/11
Ryan Gardner
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Fantastic review/record. Love "Call It In the Air"
11:37 AM on 09/20/11
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Awesome record, very surprised by how much I'm enjoying this. Thrice has always been hit or miss for me. The Artist in the Ambulance was one of my favorite records back in the day, but I haven't enjoyed anything they've done all the way through since. This may be their best record to date.

Also, I really hope the kid who wrote the Demi Lovato review takes note. THIS is how you write a review. Cheers.
11:43 AM on 09/20/11
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Album sucks. They have been dead to me post Vheissu.

People eat their new stuff up and I honestly don't get it. Boring bland music. Sure each of the post Vheissu albums have a track or 2 that is alright but overall they are night and day.

1 thing to evolve another to become a totally different band
11:51 AM on 09/20/11
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An important piece of information to put in context my comments below, Thrice is absolutely in my Top 10 all-time favorite bands.

Thrice's strongest points, and indeed what makes them, in my opinion, one of the ten best bands currently making music:

- Lyrics
- Heaviness with melody
- Speed with melody
- Dynamics within songs
- Creativity within songs
- Non-standard song structures, vocal melodies, and instrumentation
- Varying styles across an album

With that in mind, Major/Minor falls short in the Thrice discography. No doubt, the record is a solid addition to the band's incredible catalog; it's missing so much of what makes Thrice a "top 10 current band", though, and as such it is no way near the top of their discography which I would rank as follows:

1) The Artist in the Ambulance
2) Vheissu
3) Beggars
4) The Illusion of Safety
5) The Alchemy Index
6) Major/Minor

It's disappointing to see the band's latest output slip so far down on the list; not since the bloated The Alchemy Index has a Thrice album failed to make such an impression on me. Let's examine the band's strongest points, in order as they are listed above:

Lyrically, Dustin is on top of his game. There's not much to say here without opening a door that would take paragraphs to close.

Thrice is noticeably softer on this album. Dustin's scream seems to have all-but-vanished. There are no super-heavy moments, laced with or without melody.

MM is slow.

In comparing MM to the band's discography, it is lacking the beautiful dynamics that make Thrice the standout band they are. This somewhat mixes the two above points: there is nothing extremely heavy to balance out the extremely soft; there is nothing fast to balance the slow.

Thrice often brings a lot of creative elements to their songs: On "Red Sky", the key change; on "Music Box", Teppei's music box; on "Earth Will Shake", the spiritual chaingang stomps; the list goes on and on. Nothing on MM falls into this exclusive collection.

Expanding on the above (and relating to the non-standard structures/melodies/instruments), nothing on MM stands out amongst Thrice's best works. Nothing in particular is too strange.

Almost in conclusion, MM doesn't offer much in variety across the album. Every one of Thrice's best albums are a mixed bag of treats; on Vheissue, for example, the album hits hard with tracks like "Hold Fast Hope" alongside slow cuts like "Atlantic". The differences between songs are at their lowest in Thrice's catalog.

Strictly examining the sheer quality of Thrice's discography, it's impossible to put (the very good) MM anywhere higher than 6th best. To put MM above TAITA, V, B, TAI, or TIOS is insulting to those albums.

I would love to debate this with anyone looking to make intelligent points regarding my comments above. Please include your own personal ranking of the albums if you do respond, and please indicate your thoughts on Thrice in general (favorite, love em, like em, hate em, whatever) for frame of reference.
12:01 PM on 09/20/11
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^ Completely agree.
12:07 PM on 09/20/11
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Nice run down of the tracks. I'm going to have to place this one below Beggars musically, but hands down their best lyrically. Thrice never disappoints, and this one is definitely no exception.
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12:39 PM on 09/20/11
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My single complaint about Major/Minor is due to my personal taste:

I am not a fan of the production. For a while now Thrice have buried the rhythm guitar behind the lead (IMO), and in this album it stands out a lot, because of the heaviness of the songs.

The baritones are there, but they don't bring the thunder. I'm talking "The Earth Will Shake" heaviness.

Songs like Anthology crush a lot less than they could. I'm pretty sure that live they are far more satisfying in regards to that.

I posted this in a Thrice thread but this might have a different crowd, and I'd like some more opinions on the subject.


edit: I'm also starting to miss Dustin's screams, but I'll wait for those as long as I have to - I know they write the songs first, and the vocals are made to fit those. Now, if Thrice is getting lighter/softer - I don't know, you can't really tell what's coming next with Thrice. Remember - M/m's closeness to its previous album is unprecedented in the Thrice catalog.
12:39 PM on 09/20/11
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I haven't read all the comments on this review, but excellent review. After first listen, I felt like I had listened to a modern day grunge/alt rock version of Pearl Jam's Ten. Second listen, it was full on Thrice and brillant, third listen this album is outstanding and as it plays the tracks keep getting stronger and stronger. Fourth listen, it surpases Manchestra Orchestras Simple Math as my favorite album of the year. This album is classic and outstanding, Thrice should be extremely proud of what they have created.
01:13 PM on 09/20/11
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Lyrics are there. Vocals are there. Instrumentation is there. This is up there with Beggars and Vheissu for me for favorite album.
01:33 PM on 09/20/11
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That's because you clearly were dropped on your head during infancy.
Hmm, I thought it was because "Vheissu" isn't as good as the other Thrice albums.
Moron.
02:19 PM on 09/20/11
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What an amazing record. There's no way I would say they're the most "consistent" artist, but they release great albums that really dig into the soul.

I'll never understand how everyone likes "Vheissu" the most of Thrice's albums. It's fifth for me.
what! vheissu is amazing. lol well all of thrice's work is amazing.

The only thing I don't like about this album is the artwork, otherwise its fucking beautiful
02:19 PM on 09/20/11
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This album is so, so good. Musically and sonically, it's a fusion of everything they've ever done right into a package that's insanely cohesive and consistent without feeling repetitive. It's a logical progression from Beggars more than anything, but I can hear Illusion here and Vheissu there, except much better. "Anthology" may very well be the best summary of who they are and have been, and not just because Dustin quotes some old songs.

Lyrically, Dustin's keeping with the quality peak reached with Beggars. As a Christian who's wrestled with big questions before, I love the lyrical thread that can be traced through the record from doubts and searches for meaning in "Treading Paper" and "Words in the Water" to the boldness of "Listen Through Me," which is the album highlight for me for that reason.

When Beggars came out, I said that it was the perfect mix of all their best qualities. I was wrong: This is.
02:25 PM on 09/20/11
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The the beauty of Thrice. Everyone has completely different rankings of their albums. For me, I believe that Vheissu is best album this "scene" has ever produced
Vheissu is probably the best album, period.
02:26 PM on 09/20/11
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Only one of the songs on this album had any impact on me, which is disappointing because I really liked Beggars. Hopefully they make another good album next time.
02:26 PM on 09/20/11
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Awesome record, very surprised by how much I'm enjoying this. Thrice has always been hit or miss for me. The Artist in the Ambulance was one of my favorite records back in the day, but I haven't enjoyed anything they've done all the way through since. This may be their best record to date.

Also, I really hope the kid who wrote the Demi Lovato review takes note. THIS is how you write a review. Cheers.
there was nothing wrong with the demi lovato review, you can't expect to be as detail-oriented as a review for a thrice album

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