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Radiohead Vs. Thrice

Well, not versus; more of a comparison that's been done before but I rfigured it would be fun rto take a whack at it. I?m more than aware of rthe fact that Thrice and Radiohead are on rcompletely different levels; rRadiohead was before Thrice?s time as a band, and they are rmore rmassive, influential and important than Thrice ever will be. In fact, rthe consistency of rthe correlations that I?ll be exhibiting can be rdirectly attributed to Radiohead?s undeniable rinfluence on Thrice. All rthat to say; read, enjoy and critique. This is purely for fun and purely rrcomposed of my opinions so ravage them as you will.
Pablo Honey

The On the Map records. Illusion of Safety still garners a fair amount of
reverence today, whereas Pablo Honey is usually the undeniable bottom dweller
on ranking lists, but both albums put their respective artists in the lime light for
good. Each artist achieved such notoriety by crafting a song that would
transcend the barriers of stylistic evolution and would be forever coveted by
fans. Radiohead wrote Creep, and Thrice wrote Deadbolt.
The Illusion of Safety
The Bends

The Breakout records. Both bands can be seen tightening up the screws in
their compositional work and opting for song structures that are more in
keeping with the current musical values. Radiohead made a straight-forward
rock album with some grunge and acoustic elements, whereas Thrice traded in
much of their technicality and punk influences for a bigger, more powerful and
cohesive sound. I personally prefer Artist over Illusion for this reason, and I
don?t know many people who prefer Pablo Honey over The Bends, which is a
classic record for its perfect nailing of everything people craved in their rock n?
roll in the mid 90?s. Consequently, both bands absolutely exploded.
The Artist in the Ambulance
OK Computer

The Magnum Opus. One can't necessarily talk about each band individually
because they both did the exact same thing. Members became multi-
instrumentalists seemingly over night. Dynamics replaced catchiness as the
main writing focus. Guitarists became all the more infatuated with effects and
less with technicality or soloing, and new atmospheres and genres were
explored. I feel like Thrice?s jump was a little more sudden than Radiohead?s, but
it really feels like both bands went for the jugular with these albums. All the
stops were pulled out and there was a mission statement of ?let?s make the
best f***ing album ever,? written all over the writing process. For many fans
and music lovers, the mission was a success.
Kid A

The Experimental records. Thrice had an idea to make four EPs that represent
the four elements. Island Records said no and Thrice abandoned ship for
Vagrant and set off on their huge undertaking. Radiohead? did, in the strictest
sense, their OWN thing and made a whole album with computers and
keyboards. Both bands seemed to develop an indifference towards guitars
(obviously more Radiohead than Thrice), and a love for the Fender Rhodes. Both
bands made concept albums. Radiohead?s concept was more ambiguous while
Thrice wore theirs on their collective sleeve, but an acute vision is present in
each release. Both albums were largely met with acclaim from fans and critics
alike, but some fans were alienated and weeded out, longing for the good old
days of Creep and Deadbolt. Fake Plastic Trees and T&C. I?m glad those days
stayed in the past.
The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II

The Lovable Kid Brothers. Thrice and Radiohead each had a second half of
their madness to share with the world, and both albums came out less than a
year after their respective predecessors. Both albums, not too surprisingly, are
somewhat forgotten by many. Amnesiac suffered many a ?Kid B? joke, and the
Air and Earth installments contained more filler than their older brothers, Fire
and Water. It?s almost as if the novelty had worn off and people were not willing
to take the plunge into yet another ?weird? album. The tragedy is found in how
magnificent Amnesiac and Vols. 3 & 4 really are. While accompanied by some
forgettable tracks, both records boast some of the best songs of each bands?
The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Hail To The Thief

The Sounds of Settling. By this point in both bands? careers there was a sense
of near exhaustion. The heaving concept albums and extended studio time had
taken their toll and Thrice and Radiohead decided to write albums they knew
they could make. Radiohead brought guitars back into their sound while still
dabbling in electronics and Thrice primarily composed more upbeat, less sleepy
feeling tunes. Both albums are undeniably enjoyable and boast some perfect
songs, and yet they simultaneously feel incomplete and don?t garner much of a
shelf life.
In Rainbows

The Glorious Return. Radiohead came back with a beautifully warm,
approachable album. In Rainbows does not hobble on the crutch of it?s ?pay
what you want? marketing scheme; it is its own entity, standing strong against
Radiohead's entire back catalog despite it?s whimsical, even remotely polite
nature. In a way, this is sort of what Beggars should have been and wanted to
be; a simpler, more humble album that isn?t quite a return to form but doesn?t
revolutionize the band?s sound either. Here?s hoping that Thrice have an In
Rainbows cooking in their Orange County studio where they are currently
writing their follow up to Beggars.
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