Review Summary: The final product is the result of caring too much.
When you reach that point in your life, the final moment where you inhale your last breath and remember everything you’ve been through, you want to be remembered as that
person. You helped friends; you took the time to do well enough throughout your years of school; you found the person you loved (and possibly lost). The daily routine was often monotonous. It was difficult going to work a lot of those mornings, but your kids needed you to go – and your assured return every evening made it clear everything was still okay. There were times where you thought it was all going to fall apart. And hell, there were moments you were selfish. Sometimes you have to be.
Thursday could call it quits right now and make the same of their decade plus long career. They’ve always been a band with a strong influence around their neck of the woods, and every release could be labeled as solid. However, it’s on No Devolucion
where the band realizes they’re much more than that band you grew up with in secondary school. They throw everything they’ve picked up over the years together to create an album that strives for a monumental feel. The production is heavily distorted, which gives off a distinct eighties alternative sound with a moderate influence from shoegaze. Other elements put all the finishing touches on the band’s somewhat familiar base sound. The electronics and keyboards add atmosphere to the always changing guitar, and the chainsaw bass combined with the dedicated drumming create a sharp contrast to the higher pitched vocals. It gives off the impression that the world is all of the harsh and changing instrumental output as the soothing vocals display the human stuck in the middle of it all. The individual holds on to their identity no matter how chaotic it gets out there. However, it doesn’t mean the person isn’t hurt; reflective lyrics which question motives and choices display this clearly.
It’s not difficult to understand how Thursday has hit their peak with this record. The dedication from the group is impressive (releasing six albums in twelve years) and their maturation has continued with time. They’ve also put in the work with constant touring to make sure people have given their music a chance. It’s fair to assume that being in a band has many parallels with the rest of life, and there were probably days where they wanted to throw the towel in at any given moment. Listeners will be glad they didn’t.