Thrice
Beggars


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob Royal STAFF
July 6th, 2010 | 87 replies | 5,785 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrice have set the bar so high with their last few releases that even THEY can't even come close to matching it with Beggars.

Who remembers the time when Michael Jordan started playing baseball in 1993? It was a very interesting move. His late father inspired him to try out baseball; it would be the greatest form of respect to his father's wishes if he were to become a successful baseball player. So, was he successful then? Well, Jordan was better at baseball than MOST people. However, it can easily be said that he did not have the instinctive talent for baseball that he did for basketball, and this is further proven by the fact that he went on to become somewhat of a deity in the realm of basketball, a legend that arguably has not been reached since his retirement.

This misstep into baseball, this step into a weaker direction, is what Thrice have gotten themselves into with their most recent release, Beggars. As I mentally run through their previous albums, I can single out particular things about each of the albums that I loved. Vheissu had incredible replay value, sense of emotion and power, and The Alchemy Index warped the entire world around the listener to fit the given element. What can we say about Beggars? Well...

It feels like a shallow release, even to this self-proclaimed Thrice fanboy. Don't get me wrong; it certainly has its moments. "Circles" is simply stunning in every way, and "Beggars" is a tune that steadily builds upon itself, out-chugging itself like a freight train gaining velocity, with every new instrument added.

While we're on the topic of instruments, let's continue to talk about the instrumentation of the album, which is where I have to give major props to the band. Dustin Kensrue has never been a gutsier frontman until Beggars, crooning his (spectacular!) lyrics of wisdom. However, the top performer here is drummer Riley Breckinridge, playing simple beats in incredibly innovative ways. The very start of the album actually consists of one of his creative pieces, for example. So as a whole, Beggars is impressive, but once the initial gleam wears off, there aren't many things to come back to this album for. That's what frustrates me; Thrice have a pretty good CD with Beggars, but a great one is to be expected from them. And after hearing the entire CD about ten times, I was ready to put it back up on the shelf and move on to something else new.

That's the thing. There's no connection that I feel with Beggars- its core is too hit-and-miss for me to gather more of a meaningful experience from. It almost seems that where there is a highly interesting lead to a song (I'm talking about you, Doublespeak and At The Last!), a sub-par second half negates it. Where the lyrics completely shine in "The Great Exchange" and "The Weight", (the former speaking of a ship captain that sacrifices himself for his back-stabbing crew-mates, and the latter being a crafty love qualifier), the actual music doesn't really go anywhere, and drains potential out of the song. Where are all of the breath-taking moments that we've come to expect from you, Thrice?

In the end, this is just a die-hard fan stating his concern, just like the Chicago Bulls fan that was dying for Jordan to return to basketball. Sure, Thrice is good at what they did on Beggars, without a doubt, but the boys in flannel still have a lot of potential to live up to, and making music with pesky inconsistencies won't contribute very much to that pool of things they can still achieve.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woo someone else who doesn't worship this album

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

AnotherBrick
July 6th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this guy doesnt!

bloc
July 6th 2010



34667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, a 3.5 means it's great...Weren't we just talking about this?

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

East Hastings
July 6th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review reads more like a 2.5-3, but it's well-written. pos. : )

AnotherBrick
July 6th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



30865 Comments


Album was good aside from the watermark

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

tiesthatbind
July 6th 2010



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This definitely reads like a 2.5-3, because I pretty much agree with this. Circles is awesome, but the rest is...well-done but not that exciting. Easily my least favorite aside from their debut.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Knott-
Emeritus
July 6th 2010



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I realised the other day that this album gives me the same feelings as Kid A, just slightly less immersive.

I considered 5ing it for a short while but couldn't do it.

It kicks fucking ass.

Romulus
July 6th 2010



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Artist
Beggars
Illusion
Vheissu

skipping Alchemy Indexes cause I don't know where to put them and their debut cause I've never listened

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bloc didn't you know that this is how it actually works:

5 - one of my faves dudes
4.5 - this shit is tight
4 - good album right here
3.5 - pretty decent i guess
3 - meh i could listen to it or not
2.5 - this sucks
2 - terrible i hate it
1.5 - worst album i ever heard
1 - i'm trolling for the lolz

Yazz_Flute
July 6th 2010



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but The Weight is amazing.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

AnotherBrick
July 6th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh shit sowing. i gotta change a lot of my ratings

bloc
July 6th 2010



34667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

LOL Sowing, nice observation

tiesthatbind
July 6th 2010



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

More like:

5: Hey, this is really good!
4.5: This is pretty good.
4: Decent album.
3.5: Eh...
3: This is boring. Band sucks.
2.5: Worst music I've ever heard.
2: This isn't even music.
1.5: Ugh...
1: ...

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^lol

could see that soo, with some ppl on this site

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*too

tiesthatbind
July 6th 2010



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I see a lot of 3's, 3.5's, and 4's talked about like they're a half-point lower.

bloc
July 6th 2010



34667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fucking Ties knows what's up

Knott-
Emeritus
July 6th 2010



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

5 this is ok
4.5 i heard this one song on the radio and it was good
4 he once did a duet with rihanna and that was ok
3.5 i saw one of their posters the other day
3 i dont really like this band
2.5 its not even music why are they screaming
2 they dont even sing
1.5 my mom wont let me buy her cd
1 EMO OMFG JUST GO SLIT YOUR WRISTS OMG

tiesthatbind
July 6th 2010



7371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^That's the iTunes rating scale.



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