Thrice
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere


4.9
classic

Review

by theacademy STAFF
May 30th, 2016 | 832 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: lol Kensrue was at a Brand New show in Seattle with guitarist Teppei Teranishi when he realized he wanted to get Thrice back together

A few months ago, I wrote a goofy fanboy review about the "reunion" album for one of my childhood favorites. I wrote some about what that band’s six year hiatus felt like from my perspective, but the ultimate outcome of the review was that things went as expected. I loved the album because everything about it was filtered through nostalgia so intense that whatever I wrote probably shouldn’t be considered a review. That record was going to score points not by being inventive or interesting, but by hitting me where my feelings live. By making my soul smile.

It’s been about five years since Thrice released Major/Minor, a major and minor masterpiece in itself, serving as the perfect goodbye album for fans to grasp tightly as the band announced that a hiatus would follow its Farewell Tour. It closed a circle; the cut of Thrice’s goodbye felt surgical-- almost considerate for fans to have such a neatly-packaged and benevolent sign-off (especially considering how ugly band breakups can get). Strangely enough for me, I feel like Thrice’s absence could have been tougher than it was. . . Hell, I think I could have even held out a little longer.

What I mean to convey is that To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, does not need to be filtered through feelings recaptured. There is familiarity here, but nothing feels routine. This is an album as cohesive and thunderous as it would have been if it had come out in 2014.

In a manner that suits the song’s title, "Hurricane" becomes a Thrice song at the :17 second mark, functioning as an immediate and powerful announcement of the band's return. The guitars envelop everything except the greeting of vocalist Dustin Kensrue’s continuously evolving blues-rock sensibility. Kenrsrue, for that matter, remains every bit the storyteller he has always been, spinning lyrical metaphor after metaphor with a charge in his voice that I don’t know that I’ve heard since the relevant parts of the Alchemy Index. So much of what I consider to be enduring about Thrice’s music, (both live and on the records), comes from the band’s ability to pepper beautiful melodic moments within its very powerful rock sound. Across "Black Honey," one of the strongest songs on the album, Kensrue stomps out and massages the same words with completely different deliveries and within completely different musical contexts. He remains a master the dynamic, turning the energy up and down so that even the more tame lyrical offerings, like "Wake Up," for example, are carried by the visceral interplay between his vocals and the deafening guitars.

As the foregoing may suggest, the key to this album's effectiveness extends beyond vocals and delivery. Everybody sounds great here, with a particularly forceful energy from Riley Breckenridge’s drums every bit as critical to the dynamic ups and downs as Kensrue’s vocal delivery. In the same way that the vastness of the guitars take center stage on "Hurricane" and "Blood on the Sand," the drums on "Whistleblower" drive that song from start to finish. Ditto for the bass on "The Window." Again, these are all remarkably cohesive offerings (and polished af), but "Death From Above" is probably the best example of where it all comes together on TBEITN. It’s got the energy, the melody, and the clarity. ("The Long Defeat," a close runner-up).

Perhaps more overwhelmingly the case for Thrice than for other bands, the essence of TBEITN resides in its moments-- where you find a song’s bridge or a time signature shift or some other (usually) transitional moment that really hits. And with the wind pulled from your diaphragm, as your brain and body struggle to restore equilibrium, your soul just smiles.




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Toondude10
May 30th 2016


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's the acad review!



reading now

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Dylan620
May 30th 2016


3750 Comments


I like seeing the phrase "lol Kensrue was at a Brand New show" on the front page

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Nerf
May 30th 2016


68 Comments


Does Black Honey's chorus sound similar to At The Bottom (Brand New) to anyone else?

Waior
May 30th 2016


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh nevermind, this is the one

Waior
May 30th 2016


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this review i think



glad your'e feeling it it

Green Baron
May 30th 2016


24130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love reading serious acad reviews

YoYoMancuso
May 30th 2016


12701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Black Honey is actually probably my least favorite on here, that vocal melody doesn't resolve well at all imo



Considering bumping to a 4 though

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2016


30818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9

waior!

Spec
May 30th 2016


34843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the summary and I'm really enjoying the album. Almost feels like they shouldn't have reunited so soon so the impact would have been bigger.

failingnovelist
May 31st 2016


65 Comments


Ew, you put the phrase "Lol" in a review.

BHAR
May 31st 2016


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will surely check this. Most likely during the weekend. Blood Honey is current favorite.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2016


16927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these are all remarkably cohesive offerings (and polished af), but "Death From Above" is probably the best example of where it all comes together on TBEITN. It’s got the energy, the melody, and the clarity.




Couldn't agree more

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doomjitsu
May 31st 2016


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

death from above is best agreed hard



also sad that the best song was released before the whole album was out

minty901
May 31st 2016


3572 Comments


4.9? Holy smokes.

osmark86
May 31st 2016


5592 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

4.9 for this? I'll just assume the chorus in Wake Up represents that minor 0.1 point drop.

minty901
May 31st 2016


3572 Comments


EvilEyez what happened to your review?

minty901
May 31st 2016


3572 Comments


osmark86 there are plenty of other choruses on this album that are equally as generic as Wake Up, such that I'm surprised Wake Up has been focused on as much as it has.

minty901
May 31st 2016


3572 Comments


Only one way to find out.

osmark86
May 31st 2016


5592 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"osmark86 there are plenty of other choruses on this album that are equally as generic as Wake Up, such that I'm surprised Wake Up has been focused on as much as it has."



absolutely, but that one is cringe.

xiLeadFeather
May 31st 2016


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apparently I didn't absorb most of this album upon first listen. This album is incredible. Has parts of Vheissu, Alchemy Index, Beggars + M/M, and TAITA. Where were my ears.



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