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Radiohead Vs. Thrice

Well, not versus; more of a comparison that's been done before but I rfigured it would be fun rto take a whack at it. I?m more than aware of rthe fact that Thrice and Radiohead are on rcompletely different levels; rRadiohead was before Thrice?s time as a band, and they are rmore rmassive, influential and important than Thrice ever will be. In fact, rthe consistency of rthe correlations that I?ll be exhibiting can be rdirectly attributed to Radiohead?s undeniable rinfluence on Thrice. All rthat to say; read, enjoy and critique. This is purely for fun and purely rrcomposed of my opinions so ravage them as you will.
1Radiohead
Pablo Honey


The On the Map records. Illusion of Safety still garners a fair amount of reverence today, whereas Pablo Honey is usually the undeniable bottom dweller on ranking lists, but both albums put their respective artists in the lime light for good. Each artist achieved such notoriety by crafting a song that would transcend the barriers of stylistic evolution and would be forever coveted by fans. Radiohead wrote Creep, and Thrice wrote Deadbolt.
2Thrice
The Illusion of Safety
3Radiohead
The Bends


The Breakout records. Both bands can be seen tightening up the screws in their compositional work and opting for song structures that are more in keeping with the current musical values. Radiohead made a straight-forward rock album with some grunge and acoustic elements, whereas Thrice traded in much of their technicality and punk influences for a bigger, more powerful and cohesive sound. I personally prefer Artist over Illusion for this reason, and I don?t know many people who prefer Pablo Honey over The Bends, which is a classic record for its perfect nailing of everything people craved in their rock n? roll in the mid 90?s. Consequently, both bands absolutely exploded.
4Thrice
The Artist in the Ambulance
5Radiohead
OK Computer


The Magnum Opus. One can't necessarily talk about each band individually because they both did the exact same thing. Members became multi- instrumentalists seemingly over night. Dynamics replaced catchiness as the main writing focus. Guitarists became all the more infatuated with effects and less with technicality or soloing, and new atmospheres and genres were explored. I feel like Thrice?s jump was a little more sudden than Radiohead?s, but it really feels like both bands went for the jugular with these albums. All the stops were pulled out and there was a mission statement of ?let?s make the best f***ing album ever,? written all over the writing process. For many fans and music lovers, the mission was a success.
6Thrice
Vheissu
7Radiohead
Kid A


The Experimental records. Thrice had an idea to make four EPs that represent the four elements. Island Records said no and Thrice abandoned ship for Vagrant and set off on their huge undertaking. Radiohead? did, in the strictest sense, their OWN thing and made a whole album with computers and keyboards. Both bands seemed to develop an indifference towards guitars (obviously more Radiohead than Thrice), and a love for the Fender Rhodes. Both bands made concept albums. Radiohead?s concept was more ambiguous while Thrice wore theirs on their collective sleeve, but an acute vision is present in each release. Both albums were largely met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, but some fans were alienated and weeded out, longing for the good old days of Creep and Deadbolt. Fake Plastic Trees and T&C. I?m glad those days stayed in the past.
8Thrice
The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
9Radiohead
Amnesiac


The Lovable Kid Brothers. Thrice and Radiohead each had a second half of their madness to share with the world, and both albums came out less than a year after their respective predecessors. Both albums, not too surprisingly, are somewhat forgotten by many. Amnesiac suffered many a ?Kid B? joke, and the Air and Earth installments contained more filler than their older brothers, Fire and Water. It?s almost as if the novelty had worn off and people were not willing to take the plunge into yet another ?weird? album. The tragedy is found in how magnificent Amnesiac and Vols. 3 & 4 really are. While accompanied by some forgettable tracks, both records boast some of the best songs of each bands? careers.
10Thrice
The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
11Radiohead
Hail To The Thief


The Sounds of Settling. By this point in both bands? careers there was a sense of near exhaustion. The heaving concept albums and extended studio time had taken their toll and Thrice and Radiohead decided to write albums they knew they could make. Radiohead brought guitars back into their sound while still dabbling in electronics and Thrice primarily composed more upbeat, less sleepy feeling tunes. Both albums are undeniably enjoyable and boast some perfect songs, and yet they simultaneously feel incomplete and don?t garner much of a shelf life.
12Thrice
Beggars
13Radiohead
In Rainbows


The Glorious Return. Radiohead came back with a beautifully warm, approachable album. In Rainbows does not hobble on the crutch of it?s ?pay what you want? marketing scheme; it is its own entity, standing strong against Radiohead's entire back catalog despite it?s whimsical, even remotely polite nature. In a way, this is sort of what Beggars should have been and wanted to be; a simpler, more humble album that isn?t quite a return to form but doesn?t revolutionize the band?s sound either. Here?s hoping that Thrice have an In Rainbows cooking in their Orange County studio where they are currently writing their follow up to Beggars.
14 Thrice
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