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Thursday - Five Stories Falling
Released: October 22, 2002
Geoff Rickly - Vocals
Steve Pedulla - Guitar
Tom Keeley - Guitar/Vocals
Tim Payne - Bass
Tucker Rule - Drums
Andrew Everding (please forgive me if I spelt it wrong) - Keyboard/Piano
Label (at the time) - Victory Records
1) Autobiography of a nation (live)
2) Understanding in a Car Crash (live)
3) Standing On the Edge Of Summer (live)
4) Paris In Flames (live)
5) Jet Black New Year
Short and Sweet
On With The Review
Thursdays career kicked off when indie label Eyeball records took notice of the band and released their debutm Waiting in 1999. The breathe- taking Full Collapse was released in spring 2001 through Chicago's Victory Records, with little fanfare from press and commercial radio, at first. But constant touring in the US along side acts like Sparta, Boy Sets Fire, and Saves The Day, created incredible word of mouth.
Autobiography of a Nation (live) - Thursday starts the album off with this live song and I must say the introduction is different then whats on full collapse. In some ways I think it gets you pumped up in the beginning and the song then continues as it is on 'Full Collapse'. Wow.. when I first listened to the vocals I was quite worried at what he would sound like Live but this song sounds probably better live to me then it is on 'Full Collapse'. His vocals seem to show much more emotion and I must say his screams are SUPERB. I liked the way he screamed better here and with nothing seriously going wrong I could tell that when they performed this the crowd was probably going crazy. 10/10
Understanding in a Car Crash (live) - Okay you see my username and expect me to be bias but I'll keep it honest. I wasn't exactly impressed here compared to the CD version. The guitars did a fine job indeed but at times Geoff seemed to be sub-par on the vocals and I don't know the whole song seemed out of whack in some ways. The introductory guitars seemed to be played faster but its still UIACC... also at the end I liked how they played the ending of the full collaspe CD (!1100) and still tied it in with the song. 7/10
Standing On The Edge Of Summer (live) - Hmmph since the 'full collapse' CD quality was fantastic on this song I seemed to be spoiled by it. When the introductory guitars blasted on the full collaspe version of this song it was an explosion. The wall of sound didn't seem like it was here live but maybe it was their if you were in the crowd. The song is still a good song though live or not. 8/10
Paris In Flames (live) - Sounds almost exactly like the 'full collapse' version not better nor worse. I really did like hearing the drumming in the chorus and the bass solo live though. This is one of my favorite songs by them and they did a good job when playing this and you could actually hear the crowd in the background. 9/10
Jet Black New Year - If you hated every other song on this CD this is the one song you won't hate. It's not live for one thing and this is one of Thursdays best DEFINITELY. I think Geoff Ricklys vocals/lyrics are SHINING through this song and the guitars with the tremelo octave picking and everything will keep you in tact. The song is one of the best and its all I really have to say about that. 10/10
Overall - 3.5/5
Pros: You get to hear Thursday Live and Jet Black New year is a PRO as a song...
Cons: 5 Songs leave you wanting for MORE... this price tag blows
UIAC Wrap Up...
To be honest I got this CD after 'War All The Time' and 'Full Collapse' the only CD I didn't have at the time was 'Waiting'. Thursday live is great, and if you ever do get the chance to see them I highly recommend it because they know how to keep a show pumping. Geoff Rickly is just an explosive person during live sets and everything is kept up to stellar work. Some things really did turn me off about the CD and thats being able to hear people in the crowd who have the need to be screaming/woo'ing/going weird and can't keep themself intact. It's one thing I have them applaud at the end but I can't stand that they had to sometimes scream out of tune during the song or just periods when it was quiet during the song. Also I think you could definitely specify this as almost like an E.P. so why must we have a $12.99 price tag on it? Some ep's cost half that amount you know and that was something that really played hard in the overall rating. I didn't feel like I got ripped off (too much) but it just seemed like if this is an E.P., bands sometimes have E.P's going out for free! I recommend this CD for someone who picked up 'Full Collapse' and 'WATT' first. Also I wondered why no one reviewed it so far!