Thursday
Common Existence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Julio Babilonia USER (16 Reviews)
February 11th, 2009 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Can you feel a pulse? It’s been stopped for so long. Let’s restart it!”

Thursday is a band that once stood at the top of the post-hardcore world with their album Full Collapse, but for the last couple of years they appeared to be a burned out group whose good days are past and on the edge of being forgotten. It wasn’t until recently, with the release of the Thursday/Envy Split and the participation of front man Geoff Rickly in United Nations that Thursday started to be mentioned with any sort of anticipation. The split with Envy showed that maybe Thursday wasn’t done after all and that they still have the ability to make powerful and emotional music. With that ray of hope we come into Common Existence and what we find is nothing short of excellent.

Thursday has never been afraid to evolve, to progress, to try new things; it’s what kept them one step ahead of all the other bands that tried to make a Full Collapse of their own. Following that tradition, this album is highly experimental with the band’s sound. From the album’s first song 'Resuscitation of a Dead Man' one can hear the new screamo influences that were found in the Envy split. This is something that will be noticeable throughout the album and that along with the more focused atmosphere is what makes Common Existence stand out from Thursday’s previous efforts. When compared to the likes of Full Collapse and A City by Lights Divided, this album is clearly darker, harder, and more technical.

Common Existence expands the post-hardcore sound that the band itself helped establish. It takes the formula used in Full Collapse and War All the Time and explores its limits. People shouldn’t think that with this album Thursday abandoned their roots and the sound of their first albums. They took that sound and added influences, pushed it to its limit, evolved it. Remember that when you evolved your Squirtle it continued being a turtle, but now it is a cooler and stronger turtle, that’s what Thursday did with Common Existence. There are always going to be many who wished they could have stayed with their older sound, but if you don’t evolve… well lets just say that you won’t defeat the Elite Four.

I don’t think it is possible to deny the improvement the bands shows when it comes to instrumentation and musicianship. When listening to songs like 'Friends In The Armed Forces', 'You Were The Cancer', and 'As He Climbed The Dark Mountain' one can’t help but be impressed with what the band has been able to accomplish. The drumming is one of the things that stand out the most, especially considering how in previous albums it wasn’t something deserving of high praise. Another thing that is definitely worth mentioning is how Thursday has mastered the atmosphere of the album. It is like painting and decorating a house. You need colors that compliment each others, decorations that match with the theme and that fit together, in the end create a place that you can live at and be at ease and happy. That’s what the band did with this album; they complimented the songs, the melodies, the vocals, the instruments, everything fits together, everything adds to the theme, all the singulars come together to create a piece of art.

That is not to say this album doesn’t have its flaws. In their attempt to expand and progress their sound there are occasions in which the band goes too far and fails to keep the song cohesive. Also, it can be noticed how the slower-softer songs can tend to drag and sometimes lack the same emotion that is so strongly present most of the album, an example of this is 'Love Has Led Us Astray'. Even so, regardless of their flaws, those songs are still very good and do a great job in changing the tempo of the album and keeping things fresh. The final flaw of this album is that, overall, the first half is stronger than the second half, but consider than the softer songs are in the second half and because of what I previously mentioned it drags the half down a little.

In conclusion, anyone who is a fan or used to be a fan of the band owes it to himself to listen to this album. With Common Existence Thursday created an album with nothing to envy from their first releases and in the process laughs in the faces of all those who believed them to be finished after A City By Lights Divided. Rickly himself found the best way to describe this album and what it means for the band; on the track 'Resuscitation of a Dead Man' he sings “Can you feel a pulse? It’s been stopped for so long. Let’s restart it!”

Recommended Tracks:
As He Climbed The Dark Mountain
You Were The Cancer
Friends In The Armed Forces
Resuscitation of a Dead Man



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Cesar
February 11th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A stream of the album can be found in the band's myspace.

www.myspace.com/thursday

As reference, for me Thursday albums rank like this:

Full Collapse
Common Existence
War All The Time
A City By Lights DividedThis Message Edited On 02.12.09

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


idk album kinda gets boring fast but good review

JokesorInsults
February 11th 2009


244 Comments


this was, like, my favorite album for like the first two times i heard it, then it quickly dropped off

CompanionCube
February 11th 2009


977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only bad part of the album for me is the twinkley bell sounds in circuits of fever

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2009


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Last Call, As He Climbed..., Beyond the Visible Spectrum and You Were the Cancer are the only memorable songs here. Incredibly boring overall

lunchforthesky
February 11th 2009


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, they phoned this in.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 11th 2009


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Remember that when you evolved your Squirtle it continued being a turtle, but now it is a cooler and stronger turtle, that’s what Thursday did with Common Existence.

FTL

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


squirtle > wartortle

trickassBUStah

Golgoroth
February 11th 2009


1084 Comments


Pokemon reference = win

Cesar
February 11th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad at least someone liked it.

JumpTheF**kUp
February 11th 2009


2717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Squirtle rules, Wartotle is gay.
Album is great, might go down to a 3 though.

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


Squirtle rules, Wartotle is gay.

Album is great, might go down to a 3 though.

we be agreeing holy fuck!!

Cesar
February 11th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreeing is something that's been known to happen every now and then.

What was so bad that required a neg?

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


not with us wtf do u know

LiquidVelvet
February 11th 2009


628 Comments


I've been a Thursday fan from the beginning (Like, VERY beginning) and I actually think City is my favourite release, along with the Envy split. Keep in mind that everyone loves Squirtle, but Wartortle is gayyy. Similar to this album compared to their early stuff.....sure, it's stronger, but nowhere near as awesome.

Cesar
February 11th 2009


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know Wartortle is gay, but it is stronger with better stats and that's the comparison/metaphor I wanted to bring.

Captain Civic
February 11th 2009


280 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"It takes the formula used in Full Collapse and War All the Time and explores its limits."

If that's the case, I'm hoping they've ditched a lot of the sound from A City By The Lights Divided? Because that was such a bland album.

StrizzMatik
February 11th 2009


3232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

People jock Full Collapse too much. WATT is a lot more interesting IMO.

Captain North
February 12th 2009


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You Were The Cancer is amazing. Fucking incredible song.

For me, the only song that doesn't belong on this album is Circuits of Fever...it sounds like bloody Evermore.

Also, I agree, WATT was better than Full Collapse.

Captain North
February 12th 2009


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

How about no?



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