By Brandon J. on September-14-2011 | Filed under News | Tags : Major/Minor, post hardcore, Rock, Streams, Thrice, Vagrant Records | Share
I am making this the “Official” post for all the new Thrice songs they are streaming. You can listen to 8 songs right now from “Major/Minor” on our website below (soundcloud embed). “Major/Minor” is out next week on Vagrant Records.
Thrice – Major/Minor (Preview) by Vagrant Records
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After listening to the vinyl twice through, and listening to this stream repeatedly over and over again… I’m gonna have to say this is without a doubt my favorite Thrice album. It’s funny because the order of my favorite Thrice albums happens to perfectly mirror the progression of their discography (IC being my least favorite and previously Beggars being my favorite)… I love how they’ve taken that Muse/Radiohead/grunge influenced sound from Beggars and just made it completely their own now. And the lyrics… oh my goodness. Incredible!!
Interesting you say that, because I don’t feel like the album follows their trajectory so much as returns back to some past elements. I can’t even listen to Identity Crisis and the Illusion of Safety for more than a few minutes myself, so we’re on the same page in terms of Thrice tastes. My favorite, in terms of most to least, are Vheissu, Alchemy Index, Beggars, Artist in the Ambulance (which is kinda more of a nostalgic listen for me, rather than an album I think is fantastic). And although their newest stuff seems to be getting slightly less ‘favorite’ for me, they are still great albums.
To me, Major/Minor overall sounds like a cross between Artist in the Ambulance and Vheissu, like the transition record. “Call It In The Air” is the perfect example within a single track. The lyrics, intro and verses sound like Vheissu (with a touch of Beggars), but the chorus (esepcially the “innnnnnn theeeeeeeee airrrrrr!…..”) and the rest of the song sound like some sort of return to their emo-rock roots….which personally grates on me a bit. Various other songs on the album seem to have more simple chord patterns deriving from that sort of punk-rock resolve, and the lyrical topics seems like a mix as well. The drums are super punchy and frontal on this album, which is great, but the mastering sounds slightly less good than the previous 3 albums (I thought they did quite well producing their own influences). I’m hoping when my vinyl arrives that the artwork will be a little more exciting than the image I’ve seen for the CD cover.
All that negativity aside, this album is growing on me. It’s just not the emotional powerhouse that Vheissu was, the experimental success that the Alchemy Index was, or the math-rocky goodness of Beggars when played at loud volumes. I just feel slightly more like an emo-rocker again, and I hope that this is not an early sign of a new trajectory for Thrice.
Ahh…..what the heck? I’ll probably just listen to this album 5 more times and not be able to deal with the psycho-dislocation resulting from being at odds with one of my favorite artists, and just conform to the album itself.
Ya, you definitely need to listen to this album more. The lyrics are reminicent of the emotional aspects of the Earth EP. I feel the more you listen, the more you will hear the “emotional powerhouse” (Words in the Water, Anthology, Disarmed), the “experimental success” [Cataracts (2:23- 2:45), Treading Paper, Words in the Water (again), Anthology (again)], and the “math-rock” (if you could even ever call Thrice Math Rock haha) [but see Promises, Blur, Call it in the Air, Yellow Belly, Anthology (again), Blinded...]
This album is everything their past albums were and more. They truly have stretched to the depths of their minds and talent to produce this album. It is flawless, and has as close as you can get to no errors. The guitars are super intricate (you can really hear it the best with headphones on) and Riley has really stepped up his game drumming wise!
And I dunno what you are hearing with the mix dude! This is by the same guy who recorded Vheissu. The mixing and mastering is incredible. Everything fits together perfectly while still being able to hear everything perfectly… you may need new speakers :)
Anyway, don’t jump to such a quick judgment so fast. Give this album a few weeks, like I have. (had it since the end of August).
I got it at my College radio station, (and have it preordered) and I am in love. This may end up being the best Thrice album! Definitely the best album of 2011, hands down. No album after will even come close (not even my beloved Transit :) The album is a beautiful mix of new sounds meets Beggars/ air EP and Vheissu.
I appreciate the comment above, but I have listened to this album 7 or 8 times by now, and hear no AITA sound!
i definitely think that this is Thrice’s best album, and honestly after listening to it about twenty-seven times i have concluded it is one of my favorite albums ever. something about the lyrics and the music meshes so well with me – the tracks seem to flow together as a cohesive whole, but at the same time they stand out enough individually. lyrically, i think this is the best work Dustin has ever done. these songs are – for lack of a better word – POWERFUL. every one of them. and i love it. is it just me, or does this album have a more triumphant/joyful sound than Thrice usually outputs? i was expecting something heavy, dark and grungy – there’s definitely a few dark ones here and there but overall, Beggars was a much heavier record in terms of emotional weight…this one seems more lighthearted. in a good way. i don’t think i’m making sense anymore. it’s late and i need sleep.
Yes, Anthology is the perfect example. It is such an uplifting song. You make complete sense dude!
It is def. the best Thrice album, and is already a top contender in competing against Come Now Sleep (my all time favorite album).
I have expressed myself a bunch here and above, but it doesn’t REMOTELY come close to expressing how great this album is. It is beyond phenomenal!
The band captured lightning in a bottle with The Artist In The Ambulance. An album of that nature, in terms of melodic songwriting, aggression, thrashy rhythms, and metallic leads, will sadly never happen again. That said, this album will probably rank third for me behind Artist and Vheissu with Beggers right on its heels. I hardly listen to anything from the Alchemy albums or Illusion anymore, and the band sounds like a generic punk band on Identity Crisis.
Well I would have to disagree about Illusion of Safety and Identity Crisis. You have to realize that Identity Crisis was recorded in like 99′ on their own budget, then re-released by Hopeless in 2000. Compared to other albums at that time period, i think it stands on it’s own and was different than a lot of other stuff. I listen to Identity Crisis and I realize the production is not quite up to the same level as all their newer albums but there are still some good songs on it. Illusion Of Safety was ahead of it’s time when it came out, it’s still great, quite heavy. Artist in the Ambulance is one of my favorites along with Vehissu. This new album is reminding me why I love the band so much and it is ranking near the top of my list so far. Maybe even AOTY material unless The Mighty Mighty Bosstones beats them ;)
You guys make it SO hard to abstain from this until my pre-order comes in… haha. I love hearing that this album is so upbeat and uplifting as I know they can pull it off. I hear ‘Words in the Water’ is the best song they’ve written since ‘The Earth Will Shake’ so I’m stoked to hear that. Only a few more days… please come in early pre-order! I can’t wait!
I was just so SO SO thankful this CD came in to my college radio… I don’t know how you do it; applauds!
Yea, Words on the Water is pretty incredible. As far as best song since “The Earth Will Shake,” I will have to wait a little longer to make that call, but it is definitely an incredible song!
I think for me though, “Anthology” is the song that gives “The Earth Will Shake” a run for it’s money. They really have made nothing like it. The music is inspiring and the lyrics are amazing!
I am really liking these tunes! I didn’t really get into Thrice until Vehissu. I listen to a variety of music but if I had to list my favorite artists I can’t think of anyone I would place above Thrice. I love the music, but I think it is the depth of lyrical content that sets them apart for me.
So true. It’s the combination of lyrical depth, beautiful soft parts combined with brutal energy. Not sure anyone will ever be able to dethrone them from being my all-time favorite band. I suppose My Epic can get there if they have a long, consistently great career. They’re already off to a great start.
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