The Hated Opinionated One

Thrice’s 2nd Time Charm

Posted by Scotio on April 10, 2008

Thrice has become well known as one of the most innovative bands in the Progressive Alternative genre. With their latest opus, The Alchemy Index, they’ve cemented their position in music. After releasing the first half (two of the four volumes) of the album almost a half a year prior, the band finally releases the second half to extremely eager fans both old and new. Opening up the Air volume is the mesmerizing song “Broken Lungs.” Starting off as a mellow track akin to those featured on their Water volume, it breaks off into power chords and lyric belting come the middle of the song. Fully emotive and spirit pulling, properly bringing to music the impression of your lungs direly desiring air. “The Sky Is Falling” marches its way into your ears with no regards to what you were doing before it even arrived; demanding to be heard and refusing to be ignored. If the sky was actually falling while this song was playing, no one would care. They’d be too busy pumping their fists and stomping their feet to the enchanting sounds dominating their ear canals. The band even manages to sneak in a little Nine Inch Nails hommage in the midst of the song with the line “My Fear Just Fills The Hate Machine.” Thrice even manages to pull out their inner Neo-Hippy with “A Song For Milly Michaelson.” Sounding like a protest song from the 60’s revamped for modern times only slightly more than one of longing, you’re compelled to start a bonfire and wait for the National Guards/Right Police to come storming in. With such a stripped down orchestration for 4/5s of the song, it’s mind-boggling how they manage to stir you up so easily. The lullaby sounds of “As The Crow Flies” sweeps you up, and gives you back the memories of a care/worry-free childhood. Harking you back to moments of laying idly in the spring regrown grass watching the clouds and birds fly past above you. “Silver Wings” brings out the chance of being the most memorable moment of the Air volume. Almost as alluring as the “Digital Sea” was for the Water volume, but just a tad more breezy. The Earth Volume follows in with “Moving Mountains,” sounding like some hidden song featured on O’ Brother Where Art Thou? The sound is too stripped down to be Country, but too country to be called Blues. But, this Ol’ Timey song speaks out on something that we all feel, no matter how much we go through it: “I don’t know the first thing about love.” “Digging My Own Grave” sounds like it would fit perfectly at some smokey nightclub in the 1940’s. Dustin gives Michael BublĂ© a run for his money in the crooning department. Having the distinct honor of being the only song on the Earth volume with full uptempo rhythm and a snazzy melody, “The Earth Isn’t Humming” doesn’t disappoint at all. It definitely calls out to the early period of experimental rock when The Doors were setting stages ablaze. Kensrue doesn’t pull out his inner Morrison, but he doesn’t have to. He has his own style of getting the message across, and he does that with total ease. All while the rest of the band proceeds to being the right measure of sonic ingredients to induce swaying. “The Lion And The Wolf” fully compliments Air’s “As The Crow Flies.” The possibility of them being companion tracks wouldn’t be something that would be far fetched in the minds of many. “Come All You Weary” is the first single of this second set of volumes. It’s the perfect song for anyone who’ve had a long journey just to find a place to call home. This time, though, Kensrue finds his inner Dylan, and pours his whole soul out into singing this powerful song. All in all, the entire series was one of sheer brilliance and innovative excellence. Truly showcasing and letting the world know the imaginative mastery that Thrice was only casually considered for. Though the band wanted all four to be released at once, it has a much stronger impact being released as it was. With each of the two volumes in each sets perfectly reflecting the other. A must have for anyone and everyone, especially those who understands the importance of a shooting star, and it’s marvelous image as it passes by in the deep dark blue sky.


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