Review Summary: There's nowhere I would rather be than here.To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
is distinct for Thrice, but still distinctly Thrice. It's a rock record a la Beggars
, but it is darker and more brooding than those works and, though the band don't engage in the unexpected, really, they have delivered a record unique to their oeuvre. To Be Everywhere...
is a satisfying comeback record which nestles itself comfortably amongst the band's impressive discography.
Opener "Hurricane" toys, beginning with somber acoustic chords before unexpectedly breaking into mid-tempo distortion. Kensrue's vocals, which enter shortly after, are gruffer than ever and, indeed, better too. It's appropriate that he returns from his band's hiatus with a voice both more weathered and more gallant. The song remains mid-tempo throughout and, though it bears elements of Thrice's other releases (the end, for example, is reminiscent of 2007's "Firebreather,") the conglomeration results in a track unique in the band's canon.
Such describes the record as a whole. To Be Everywhere...
is dark, yes, but it is also celebratory. It is at once an aggregation and commemoration of Thrice's post-Artist in the Ambulance
career. "The Window" opens with a Vheissu
-esque 7/4 groove; "Black Honey," an album highlight, would have fit on Major/Minor
; closer "Salt and Shadow" is a touching, well-produced ambient number which brings to mind The Alchemy Index's Water
volume. Furthermore, I would be amiss to ignore "Death from Above," an odd-tempoed twister of a track, and "Whistleblower," the record's heaviest number, which bear traces of the band's Air
The production is excellent, Dustin's voice is better than ever, and the songwriting is mostly strong. I would have liked to see minute-long interlude "Seneca" developed further, and "Blood on the Sand" is too short, but minor complains aside, this is a satiating listen, and an excellent launching point for the second phase of Thrice's career. How exciting it is to be privy to experience both this and, hopefully, future releases from a band once thought extinct. To be everywhere may be to be nowhere, but there's nowhere I would rather be than here.