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Album Review

Although initially a leading light in the screamo/post-hardcore scene, Thursday began to transcend that movement in 2006, when A City by the Light Divided introduced an emphasis on dynamics and melodic nuance to the band's sound. Three years later, Thursday continue to buck trends with Common Existence, another melody-focused album cut with longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. Common Existence bears some trademarks of the band's classic screamo assault, but those aspects pale in comparison to Fridmann's own contributions, which help replicate the massive, multi-layered production found on his recent projects (including MGMT's Oracular Spectacular and Longwave's Secrets Are Sinister). Keyboardist Andrew Everding plays a key role here, his synthesized chords laying a gauzy framework for many songs, while frontman Geoff Rickly shows a good deal of restraint as he emphasizes singing over screaming. His voice sounds downright epic during "Circuits of Fire," where alternating time signatures and walls of guitar distortion find some middle ground between Brit-pop, emo, and (bizarrely enough) the anthemic prog of Dream Theater. Elsewhere, "Time's Arrow" pairs booming snare hits with ethereal harmonies, while songs like "Resuscitation of a Dead Man" and "Last Call" throw a bone to fans of the band's earlier work. In keeping with Thursday's evolution into a fierce alternative rock group, Common Existence is a somewhat streamlined release, with Rickly's screaming vocals only serving to punctuate the brief moments between more melodic segments. Critics of A City by the Light Divided will surely find fault with this album, but Common Existence is largely an enjoyable record that gives as much attention to mood and melody as muscle and might.

Customer Reviews

Its good

Bought it the day it came out. 3rd track is the best. A good collection of songs. Cant wait to see them!


this album is amazing. so much energy and the lyrics are pure brilliance as always. resuscitation of a dead man is a great opener and is their first single. 9/10 last call 8/10 as he climbed the dark mountain 8/10 friends in the armed forces 10/10 beyond the visible spectrum 9/10 times arrow- appeared as a shorter version on kill the house lights, this is an extended fuller version 8/10 unintended long term effects 9/10 circuits of fever 9/10 subway funeral 8/10 love has led us astray 8/10 you were the cancer 10/10 if you are wary of buying the whole album i wuld suggest starting with resuscitation of a dead man and friends in the armed forces. it great album, there isnt really a weak track on it. its far more intense and loud than a city by the light divided so for many fans will be seen as them going back to the 'old' thursday that they know and love. buy it!!

new to thursday

might be late to the party but out of all there albums this seems a must buy unlike the others. its a lot more raw and has a special sound unlike anything iv heard in a while. well worth a purchase