Thursday is one of the more popular and successful bands among the modern hardcore/post-hardcore bands, especially in the US. 'Full Collapse' was the second full length release of the band after their "underground" LP 'Waiting', and the album that brought the band to the attention of the "average Joe".
Some general impressions:
One of the first things you notice about the bands music is the voice of singer Geoff Rickley. The singing voice is something many people have to get used to. Some even describe it as 'annoying'. But I think once you get used to it, it adds a good element of rememberence. His screaming voice is good as well. The overall musical work is good. The bass is especially on the verses pretty dominant. The bass lines are very interesting, and quite complex for the genre IMO, accompanied by solid drumming. The guitars go from distorted walls of sound to clean riffs that set accents on certain points in songs and underline a certain mood or feeling.
The topics of the lyrics are about relationship things (like on 'Paris in Flames'), but also about society issues ('Autobiography of a Nation' as example) without getting too political so to say. Though 12 songs are listed in the tracklisting, basically it's just ten, as the first and last song are only noises and compositions of sounds that function as intro and outro of the record. So the playtime of the 'real' songs is about 40 minutes.
Good and Bad:
The composition of the songs is good, and I can understand why many people say, this is about Thursdays best. 'Angry' and melancholic songs are side by side with more mellow and somewhat happy songs. Couples like that are 'I am the Killer' (with it's psychotic lyrics towards the end) and 'Standing on the Edge of Summer' or 'Autobiography of a Nation' and 'A hole in the world' for example. This is especially interesting on the first half of the album.
But the last two songs kinda ruin it for me. Overall, the album is a great listen, but 'Wind up' and 'How long is the night' are the weakest songs IMO. They just annoy me, and are a bad ending for the LP. Like I mentioned above, the singing can annoy if you're not used to it.
Apart from that, nothing bad comes to my mind right now. :)
As much as some people despise Thursday because they had quite some airplay on MTV and Radio etc., this is still a good album. Apart from the last two songs, it's solid and fun to listen to. It's not too hard, and not too mellow. The musicianship is nice and the screams/singing is ok as well. Only the last two songs really spoil it, as I do not like them at all and they kinda ruin the end of the album for me.
With a better ending the album would be a 4/5 for me, but taking that into calculation, I'll give it a
Final rating: 3.5/5
Autobiography of a Nation, Cross out the Eyes, I am the Killer
This is a pretty important significant album. The recording quality is weird because Victory records with too much reverb, but it makes it sounds almost like some of the older emo bands like Indian Summer and Grade. However, after TBS started getting the same mix, it had to stop.
excellent review. this album is fantastic. my favorite song at the time, and this is in all music, not limited to the album, is autobiography of a nation. it is honestly that good. definately give this album a shot if you havent had the pleasure of listening to it.
Yeah this album is great. I still can't see how you don't like Wind Up and How Long Is The Night at all. I'll admit Wind UP had to grow on me, but I absolutley loved How Long Is The Night the first time I heard it. You should give more credit to the intro and outro tracks too. They're actually pretty catchy and a lot better then some other albums, and unlike some albums, it's not annoying to listen to. I went to go see Thursday late December and that's when I realized I liked this album the best and that Autobiography Of A Nation is my favorite song by them. It was so amazing just screaming "Write these words back down!" as Geoff held the microphone out to the crowd.
Concealer is the only song on this album I have yet to trance in to. It is freakin amazing, and I do not doubt concealer will be in me soon, next to the rest. They had some amazing moments in this album and I would stab the pope to hear them live (luckily I wont have to, cuz... MAY 10TH!!!!)
Hahaha, yeah, they put on one amazing show. I'm still shaken by it, and the show was like 3 and half months ago. I'm hoping to see them again at warped tour
bad news: Geoff is pretty sick, so hopefully his voice will get better by may 10thThis Message Edited On 04.14.06