Thrice
Major/Minor


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
September 5th, 2011 | 1556 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrice continue to walk the tightrope of perfection

In a way it's only natural to want and expect some sort of sonic evolution in a new Thrice album, but if one looks at their output as a whole, the differences between each of their seven albums aren't the giant experimental steps that so often get mentioned when describing the middle of their discography. Instead it's more of a different approach and refinement of what came before. Vheissu had its roots in the slick production and dark mood of The Artist in the Ambulance, The Alchemy Indexes expounded on flushing out the possibilities opened up by Vheissu, and Beggars owed its soul to the second volume of the Alchemy Indexes. That same trend continues on Major/Minor. At its core, the sound is unmistakably Thrice. Major/Minor sees Thrice responding to aching minimalist undertones of Beggars, as musically it is very similar to its predecessor, but where Beggars was at its strongest at its most secluded moments, Major/Minor is an extroverted experience. They are no longer searching inward but projecting outward, like a light leading back from the darkness that ended Beggars.

Leading the charge is Dustin Kensrue. Since finding the beauty in the softer side of his voice during the recording of Vheissu, Thrice lost a little bit of the commanding presence that so defined their earlier work, but on Major/Minor he has rekindled a little bit of the power that came with his distinctive rasp which, in turn, makes for his most impassioned vocal performance since The Artist in the Ambulance. That doesn't mean that he's back bullying the microphone, though. He cleverly and precisely balances his two halves, with songs like the distraught and pleading “Words in the Water” making the best of his later era refinements. The rest of the band step up to the challenge as musically they breathe new life in the the heavy blues groove that was found on Beggars, not only thickening its sound but making it more vibrant by focusing just as much on melody as on atmosphere. One only needs to look at Major/Minor's stand out track “Anthology”, which combines all the playful guitar work of songs like “Of Dust and Nations” and “The Artist in the Ambulance” with the more straightforward approach of the later half of their career, creating a song that truly lives up to its name. Furthermore, “Anthology” encapsulates Major/Minor as a whole as there are moments all throughout it that harken back to the best of Thrice's past.

Major/Minor is just another testament to Thrice's ability to do no wrong. It's no surprise, really. They are continuing to evolve and mature, all the while still being true to what made so many fall in love with them in the first place. What more could we ask for?



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zxlkho
September 5th 2011


3472 Comments


Cool review. Album rules hard.

NateT
September 5th 2011


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, thoroughly enjoyed this album, but idk how much I'm going to end up listening to it because Elsie by the Horrible Crowes just came out too

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2011


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YYYEAHHHH

iFghtffyrdmns
September 5th 2011


7047 Comments


staff just killin it with the shorter reviews lately, i'm digging it

crazyblinddude
September 5th 2011


3389 Comments


All this hype man. Still haven't given it a listen. Soon. Wasn't that fond of "Yellow Belly" when they released the single though.

AlexTM510
September 5th 2011


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Adam I really have been enjoying your reviews as of late. Incredibly written and a good medium of a length to read.

All these vinyl leaks aren't doing it for me qualitywise so i'm waiting out a bit more, but i'm sure it'll rule.

scissorlocked
September 5th 2011


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album seems enjoyable so far

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zxlkho
September 5th 2011


3472 Comments


I found someone here's description of the sound to be spot on. They said "it sounds like Vheissu meets Beggars."

Maize
September 5th 2011


155 Comments


well i guess i have to give this a listen now

Realm
September 5th 2011


2074 Comments


wasn't sure if this would rule


it rules

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That is one great avatar Chan

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zxlkho
September 5th 2011


3472 Comments


Not sure about everyone else, but I read it. It's not really that long...

Maniac!
September 5th 2011


26257 Comments


Nice avatar, Chan.

Deathcar
September 5th 2011


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agh, I refuse to listen to this till my pre-order comes through on the 20th, but damn is my patience thinning - all the tracks i've heard so far suggest this will probably be my AotY, top 5 at least.

pizzamachine
September 5th 2011


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Ranking: #1 for 2011"

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Tyrael
September 5th 2011


20978 Comments


Nice review man

You're gonna review Celestial Linaege next, I hope?

Realm
September 5th 2011


2074 Comments


theyre no pig destroyer thats fershur

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I might actually check this out

kingjulian
September 5th 2011


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice and to the point. Can't wait to hear this.

Not gonna lie, tho, I would love one of Greer's insanely long marathon Thrice reviews.

toxin.
September 5th 2011


12811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If the rest of the album is like "Anthology" and "Words in the Water" this will be the easiest 5/5 I've given so far. Awesome review, sir.



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