Thursday
Common Existence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
March 1st, 2009 | 153 replies | 32,277 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This isn't your older brother's Thursday.

Thursday have come to the point in their storied career where they hardly need to change to make a statement. With their last album, A City By The Light Divided we saw an often softer, more electronic side of Thursday that certainly took a few listens to latch onto. Now enter, Common Existence, an album deeply rooted into their hardcore/screamo roots with a touch of their previous releases lingering. Thursday have recently experimented and partly succeeded with this approach within their split with Envy, but this album stretched more boundaries and felt like an accomplished work.

Common Existence rubs off as a gritty, wishy-washy album with some of Thursday’s heaviest songs yet. Perhaps their collaboration with Envy and Geoff’s stint with United Nations altered the result of Common Existence. In fact, Thursday hardly hesitated to yank “As He Climbed The Dark Mountain” from the Envy split, which was arguable their best song from the EP. It is the aggressive songwriting found with “As He Climbed The Dark Mountain” that ultimately compliments the rest of the album. Thursday didn’t split hairs, as they assembled a consistently heavy assault, beginning with “Resuscitation Of A Dead Man” and “Last Call.” Neither tracks as catchy as their last single, “Counting 5-4-3-2-1,” but certainly worth individual merit. With that, a notable attribute of Common Existence is how far the album has strayed away from Full Collapse and even their last release, A City By The Light Divided. With Full Collapse, the songs had a particular aura and calming passion that has undoubtedly turned into a more intense enthusiasm. But it is not all gone.

Thursday is still capable of a cutesy track here and there. The muddled acoustic sound of “Time’s Arrow” and almost too forced “Love Has Led Us Astray” provide a weird change of pace within the album. It is as if they slowed things down just for the sake of it, rather than middling something that keep the Common Existence on all cylinders. With every slip-up they find a way to bounce back quickly. The nostalgic “Circuits of Fever,” which hardly has a defined guitar riff, focuses on dense and thunderous bass riffs coupled with Geoff’s vocals flipping between hallowed screams and spoken word, a true staple of the album. Common Existence ends with “You Were The Cancer,” a perfect, fitting closing track. “You Were The Cancer slowly builds, yet never appears too extensive to lose the epic feeling bolstering its appearance, which eventually explodes almost as defiantly as “Jet Black New Year.” They could only wish.

In the end, Common Existence can come off as sloppy and discombobulated, but the issue that hurts the album most extensively is the overall approach of the off-centered rhythms and at times ‘I want to vomit’ lyrics, no matter how fitting and poetic. Something to take away is something not immediately recognizable, but the fact of their progress since original Thursday’s sound. In the grand scheme of things, I’m taken aback on how Thursday can still manage to spark my interest with each new album. Just when Thursday seems to stir in unfamiliar, unwanted territory, they manage to find a way to make it happen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cesar
February 17th 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been waiting for this review since I posted mine. I agree with most of it.

Really great album.This Message Edited On 02.17.09

AtavanHalen
February 17th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very well-written, man.
This album kind of bored me.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2009



17204 Comments


Love it!

sidfarkus
February 17th 2009



43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very nice review, couldn't agree with it more.

roofi
February 17th 2009



959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really solid album

SnackaryBinx
February 18th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if by solid you mean boring, than yea.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2009



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Album is unremarkable in almost every way. "You Were the Cancer" is the only song I think I will ever want to listen to actively.


The Jungler
February 18th 2009



4827 Comments


i listened to a little of this and sort of thought what John posted. maybe i'll give it another shot.

Captain North
February 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is superb, but I disagree about Circuits of Fever, I think its completely out of place on the album. But You Were The Cancer is a tremendous song.

lunchforthesky
February 18th 2009



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Iluvatar is right. It's painfully mediocre.

Skyler
February 18th 2009



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

album sucks, band is now dead

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2009



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

My review should be up tomorrow power surge caused a delay tonight

Captain North
February 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Lies! Lies I tell you!

KritikalMotion
February 18th 2009



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i like it

DFelon204409
Emeritus
February 18th 2009



3995 Comments


I haven't heard this yet. Will get around to it eventually. I liked the first half of the album enough from listening on myspace.

Altmer
February 18th 2009



5652 Comments


I only have War All The Time; how does this stack up to that album?

gaslightanthem
February 18th 2009



5209 Comments


yeah this lost it's appeal pretty quick, kinda boring

Mendigo
February 18th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review for a great album.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 18th 2009



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you guys are harsh

JokesorInsults
February 18th 2009



244 Comments


It's either a 4 or a 3.5 for me



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