Thrice
Major/Minor


2.0
poor

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2011 | 214 replies | 8,768 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


16 of 29 thought this review was well written

Someone needs to tell the main leaders of post-hardcore that they’re running on fumes. This isn’t just Thrice or The Dear Hunter (whose Color Spectrum is as much of a failed concept as the Alchemy Indexes), but the hollow passion of many of these bands deserves no vindication from the truth. With Major/Minor, Thrice continue with their peers to create these works devoid of direction, purpose, or indication of a bright future for them, for the actual talent of the individuals is unbelievably underutilized and the benighted audience doesn’t want to look another way.

Thrice’s evolution has been interesting, and up to Vheissu one could say they’re still trying, but as Beggars was an indication of the opposite, Major/Minor is the cementing of this. The band was lauded for blending spacey, open sounds with post-hardcore in Vheissu and the Alchemy Indexes, yet now all they do is put generic rock chords next to tremolo picking choruses with extra reverb as if it would be the same, in an opposite kinetic movement from the introverted Beggars. Literally the first five songs could be put on the radio, as the similarities in banality is uncanny; this is not an argument against accessibility. Call It In The Air at least tries to be something more as seen through its darker passages but they act merely as a bridge back to the monotony. Blur is another example of trying to move towards something different, but the motions between verse, pre chorus, chorus, etc. sound horrible, not to mention the track features some pretty horrible counterpoint vocally. Words In The Water is pretty much the last example as the best song on here, sounding most like their latter era with its peaks but not pushing any further so as to surmise progress...“treading water”, as it were.

The rest of the album does little favors to itself by barely switching up the sound to something that sounds like a garage band with more clean guitars and better mixing. Treading Paper, Listen To Me, and Anthology go through the motions of the band’s recent history just with the distinction of elementary builds, unnatural transitions, and actually speaking of transitions Major/Minor has literally no flow to speak of, implying no thought as to what they want to do with the record, especially if closing on Disarmed was the best they could do. You could listen to the tracks in any order with no difference in impact. The drummer uses the same marching rudiment at what seems like the same tempo around four or five times throughout the record and Dustin’s vocals do even less to differentiate between the songs. His vocal melodies still sound distinctly typical of the genre, which is to say they’re beyond predictable, sound whiney, and the lyrics try way too hard to fit with the genre’s amateur rhyming schemes, especially considering he’s 30 and still singing words of a high schooler. Dustin is probably at his worst now, his gruff vocals doing nothing for the vocal power, clear your damn throat man.

The reception of the album is akin to claiming someone naturally cured of an ailment was cured by a miracle of god; it’s truly looking for a way to praise something that isn’t there. Why post-hardcore won’t accept that dead-ends can be avoided by turning somewhere else is beyond me, and how people can still give esteem to these acts, merely enabling the disease, is even further away from reason. It’s not fun, it’s not serious, it moves nowhere, it’s nothing in particular. Music is still evolving, I swear, just not here.



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BroFro
December 23rd 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you got some defending to do buddy

Digging: Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not really, did that part

pizzamachine
December 23rd 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Finally an agreeable review for this, good stuff.

Acanthus
December 23rd 2011



9537 Comments


you got some defending to do buddy


It looks like he did, his review is good sized and has many points.

BroFro
December 23rd 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As soon as the fanboys come in here making counterpoints he will. We all know how the majority of sputnik worships Thrice.

Metamorphosis
December 23rd 2011



420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It has a lot of points, all of which are totally wrong IMO. But glad to see you defended your point well. Get ready to have your asshole torn asunder.

Acanthus
December 23rd 2011



9537 Comments


Doubtful, even including Sputnik's love of bands they also enjoy a well written review/controversial rating.

fireaboveicebelow
December 23rd 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

We all know how the majority of sputnik worships Thrice.
That is their own fault.
But glad to see you defended your point well. Get ready to have your asshole torn asunder.
Thank you, and that's not possible on here.

pcar
December 23rd 2011



530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd say my biggest beef is the fact that this album isn't post-hardcore at all; a moniker that seems to get tossed on fucking everything these days

Metamorphosis
December 23rd 2011



420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, this is pretty much rock in its purest form, embodied by seasoned veterans.

ILJ
December 23rd 2011



6661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Dear Hunter (whose Color Spectrum is as much of a failed concept as the Alchemy Indexes)

Fuck you.

Adabelle
December 23rd 2011



4254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, have never understood the fascination with Thrice. Would choose Alexisonfire over them any day..

BroFro
December 23rd 2011



405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The analysis on Blur is absolutely correct by the way. Finally someone points that out in a review. That song has been my least favorite on the album from the start.

ILJ
December 23rd 2011



6661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I completely disagree with this on almost all fronts, but it's a well written review, and you backed up your points, and thus I am required to give you a pos.

Albeit grudgingly.

SabertoothMonocle
December 23rd 2011



493 Comments


thank you.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2011



28421 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yea this is incredibly dumb

did anybody who pos'd actually read it lol

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2011



28421 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

but the hollow passion of many of these bands deserves no vindication from the truth.


if you're ESL i'll un-neg but you've written at least one good review in the past so i probably shouldnt

jefflebowski
December 23rd 2011



7855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

points are excellently put and correct

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afergusonart
December 23rd 2011



220 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice review but

nahhhh

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2011



28421 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

you just see a 5 and a 2 and a sentence that looks like this

The drummer uses the same marching rudiment at what seems like the same tempo around four or five times throughout the record and Dustin’s vocals do even less to differentiate between the songs, his vocal melodies sounding distinctly typical of the genre, which is to say they’re beyond predictable, sound whiney, and the lyrics try way too hard to fit with the genre’s amateur rhyming schemes, especially considering he’s 30 and still singing words of a high schooler.


and you pos. that's 1 sentence. read it out loud and tell me you can't elevate your standard of "excellently put"



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