Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday - 2001 Full Collapse

Band : Thursday
Album : Full Collapse
Release Year : 2001
Genre : Post-Hardcore | Screamo

Tracklist : 
1. A0001
2. Understanding in a Car Crash
3. Concealer
4. Autobiography of a Nation
5. A Hole in the World
6. Cross Out the Eyes
7. Paris in Flames
8. I Am the Killer
9. Standing on the Edge of Summer
10. Wind-Up
11. How Long Is the Night?
12. I1100

Thursday are something special, something that is almost unique, and this album--of their five--does the best job of getting that across. The biggest draw musically of Full Collapse is that it is a work of stark contrasts. The aforementioned "Understanding in a Car Crash" demonstrates this beautifully, moving from the harsh and abrasive to the ambient and soothing in a matter of mere seconds. This is a trait that is found throughout the forty-two minutes of the album. Guitarist Tom Keeley is the star of the show here, twisting across frets to create beautiful melodies that transcend normal chord progressions; Steve Pedulla generally provides the garnish. The two always play off of each other very well, such as the in the pre-verse of "Understanding", or in the extended intro to "Autobiography of a Nation."

Rickly's vocal delivery is likewise a study in contrasts: he alternates between gut-wrenching screams and more tender murmurs, often juxtaposing the two beside each other, such as towards the end of "How Long Is the Night?" His lyrics focus on themes of loss, alienation, youth, despair, detachment, and modern society writ large. "Tuesday wakes up silent and there aren't enough pills / To sleep / Like a miswired short-wave radio...When you live in a nightmare / It's written all over your face," he sings at the end of "I Am the Killer." "We all dance to the same beat when we're marching / Yeah, the TV tells us what we need to know," Rickly sings in "Autobiography of a Nation." "The sides we take / Divide us from our faith / And the morning dove gets caught / In the telephone wire," he sings on "Cross Out the Eyes," the album's second single. This song also shows another side of Thursday, one that is further developed on later albums, the side that calls to mind dirty city skylines and the kids that live beneath them.

Full Collapse is generally pigeon-holed as a 'post-hardcore' album, and, while comparisons to bands such as Glassjaw and At the Drive-In might be appropriate, by and large this album is not post-hardcore in the way it is has generally been heard recently. Look for no filler breakdowns, wannabe deathcore stunts, over-sexed stage drama or eyeliner here. Thursday is the real deal. Thursday proved to the world once and for all that not all hardcore kids are idiots. You can play "screamy" music and still create intelligent, intelligible art. And Full Collapse deserves to be treated as such: a genuine work of art. And besides...anything that pisses Pitchfork off this much must have some potential, right?

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