The Artist in the Ambulance

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While Thrice's third effort bears the imprint of Sub City, the charitable arm of thriving L.A. indie Hopeless, the grandiose die-cut packaging of The Artist in the Ambulance also features the famous rainbow spine of Island, or, in the parlance of the 21st century business umbrella, Island Def Jam Music Group, a division of Universal. Following the same route as sonic compatriots the Used, A.F.I., and the 30 or so other bands thanked in the liner notes, Thrice makes the jump to major-label land with the aid of big-league production and mixing, sick cash flow, and the freedom to stretch both its sound and its vision each song receives its own panel, upon which each ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While Thrice's third effort bears the imprint of Sub City, the charitable arm of thriving L.A. indie Hopeless, the grandiose die-cut packaging of The Artist in the Ambulance also features the famous rainbow spine of Island, or, in the parlance of the 21st century business umbrella, Island Def Jam Music Group, a division of Universal. Following the same route as sonic compatriots the Used, A.F.I., and the 30 or so other bands thanked in the liner notes, Thrice makes the jump to major-label land with the aid of big-league production and mixing, sick cash flow, and the freedom to stretch both its sound and its vision each song receives its own panel, upon which each bandmember ruminates. For Artist, helmsman Brian McTernan and mixing guru Andy Wallace have tightened the seams that hold together Thrice's patchwork print of post-hardcore bellow, emotional bluster, and unabashed metal wankery, ensuring an album that teems with the urgency of Thrice's peers' recent work. "The Abolition of Man," "Cold Cash and Colder Hearts," and especially "Paper Tigers" could have easily appeared on 2002's Illusion of Safety; however, none would have been as tightly wound as they appear here. Indeed, the latter cut sounds like a vintage hardcore rant bleeding through on a cassette dub of Accept's Restless & Wild. Wrapped in razor wire and glinting in the moonlight, "Paper Tiger" leads into the churning rhythms of "Hoods on Peregrine." Here, hardcore is switched out for emo, but the technical metal framework stays. Elsewhere, first single "All That's Left" drops a little too much homeroom poetry on listeners "We tried to bleed the sickness/But we drained our hearts instead/We are the dead", but still manages to move along at a brisk, teary-eyed clip. It's guaranteed to be the theme song to a tortured teen romance. The more traditional hook of "All That's Left" is welcome. Together with the album's relatively straightforward title track, it checks the unforgiving pace of The Artist in the Ambulance, which sometimes becomes so busy with complicated riffing, solar plexus percussion, and wordy lyricisms that it starts to implode. Certainly benefiting from the ears and editing of McTernan and Wallace, Artist is the strongest Thrice album yet, meaning that Island/Universal gets its money's worth in the best way possible: with good music.
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Greer
You'll find enough quality emo-core on the band's major-label debut to keep your head and heart banging. (B)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044007729120
  • Catalog Number: 000029502
  • Sales rank: 47,640

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thrice Primary Artist
Charlie Barnett Conductor
Marcio Botelho Cello
Teri Lazar Violin
Greg Watkins Double Bass
Riley Breckenridge Group Member
Dustin Kensrue Vocals, Group Member
Teppei Teranishi Group Member
Osman Kivrak Viola
Technical Credits
Michael Barbiero Engineer
Charlie Barnett Arranger
Andy Wallace Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Brian McTernan Producer, Engineer
Thrice Composer
Riley Breckenridge Liner Notes
Dustin Kensrue Composer, Liner Notes
Teppei Teranishi Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    thrice was given to me from a friend who knew i'm a christian who loves hard rock and metal. it's perfect. i especially love the melting point of wax. my CD just broke, so here i am buying a new one. gotta love them...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this cd is great. my friend told me about them and how good they are. so i got and i really did like too. both the music and lyrics are awsome. if you dont have this album, your missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow Thrice Is Insane!

    Identity Crisis Was Good. The Illusion Of Safety Was Even Better. But, Now The Artist In The Ambulance Is The Greatest. Thrice Is An Amazing Band And They're Gonna Go More Places. Thrice Are My Dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artist in the Ambulance

    This album takes metal, hardcore and melody and combines them into one of the greatest things I have ever heard in my life. The lyrics are deep too, as they talk about real issues and emotions that are truly relevent today. Anyone who enjoys music that is emotional and beautifully heavy will enjoy this album. The talent this bands shows is amazing; from Teppei's riffs and Eddies thunderous bass, to Riley's skills on theh drum set. Perhaps the most well produced and mixed hardcore album of all time too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    When I bought this album, I played it and listened to the whole cd. I was amazed at how good they have become from their preceding cds. This cd is a great blend of punk, rock, and emo. It is the best cd I have bought in a long time, if you do not get this cd, you miss out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    what an amazing cd!!! every song combines powerful lyrics with awsome guitar, bass, and drum riffs. there is no reason to not go out and buy this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thrice gets better and better!

    The Long Awaited CD from Thrice is here and it is very impressive. I love Thrice and have all the cds. Identity Crisis the first cd and is good but being the first features some of the same riffs. The second explosive cd The Illusion of Safety was even better. But Artist cleary takes the Number 1 spot. The great opening track Cold Cash and Colder Hearts features great lyrics and a deeper sound. Another thing great about thrice is though I classify them under screamo, they don't feature whiny emo lyrics often. Most lyrics revolve around goverment and other topics that punk usually covers. The song All Thats Left features a great lead and is very melodic and a (sometimes needed) break from screaming. The next song continues right up again with Dustin screaming the chorus of the great song Silhouette. Other great tracks include Paper Tigers with screaming backed by melodic backing vocals. Abolition of a man another great song. And what may be the greatest track the title track Artist in the Ambulance featuring harmony and melody, great riffs and well thought lyrics. The last track Dont Tell and we won't Ask is a great way to finish the cd. As always, Teppei's leads are great while Dustin's great mix of melodic singing and rough screams boosts the music. The only thing that disappoints me is that i heard Thrice is beginning to sellout. Well, if they continue to put out cds like Artist I will remain faithful. Great job thrice and I cant wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    thrice review

    Thrice's new album the artist in the ambulance is possibly the best punk/metal album released in the past few years. All 12 tracks are an idividual masterpice, with pumping drums, skillfull guitars, great bass lines and fanatic versitile volcals. The singles on the album, 'all thats left' and 'under a killing moon' are both powerfull, thought provoking songs that have that something extra which makes them just that bit more amazing. They are cirtainly more tailered 4 a wider aduience that say, paper tigers and are more definatly more radio friendly, but dont worry they havent sold out with this album as many die hard fans feared! Other great tracks to listen to are 'the artist in the ambulance' and the 'mellting point of wax' again they seem to have pushed a little harder on these tracks and come up with classics tthat no doubt will be listened to in years to come. Thrice have grown up a lot since 'identity crisis' and you can clearly hear the band progress though there albums. This band is going places, and fast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Emotional Hardcore Band

    The highly anticipated album "The Artist In The Ambulance" by Thrice is out and if you don't have it already then what are you waiting for! Thrice are one of the best bands around whom have stayed loyal to their fans. Although this newer album is quite distinct from the others, fans can see that Thrice have grown as a band and not just "sell-out" like many present bands have. Thrice have strong views and aren't afraid of saying what they feel which many love; they sing their hearts out. Not only is their music touching and meaningful, but by purchasing this album, portions of the proceeds will be donated. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO SAY EXCEPT THRICE IS GREAT AND HERE TO STAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artist in the Ambulance

    I grew up in OC with Thrice, and this is by far the most complete record that they or any artist has put out in recent memory. Insane Metal solos and riffs layered against brutal hardcore breakdowns, coupled against emotional melodies. Thrice's skill, passion, and honesty lead them above everyone who calls them sell outs. Lyrics that aren't preachy, just making you think. Perhaps the best melodic hardcore record ever put out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you're willing to find out what impossible means...

    Let me just say, I had my doubts. My boyfriend happened upon Illusion of Safety a few months before Warped Tour hit San Antonio. He was hooked. I gave it a listen, and I liked it. They were original in the ever growing similar punk rock emo filled music world. When Artist in the Ambulance came out, he made me drive through rush hour traffic to own it the first day. That's a lot for a guy who usually downloads his cds. Once in the car, he carefully unwrapped his new baby and guided it into the cd player. This cd is what made me decide that I love Thrice. And although some people might find the mix of metal sounding riffs and punk rock harmony out of place, the band does an amazing job of bringing it all together in an indescribable way. My favs on the cd are Silhouette, The Melting Point of Wax, and The Artist in the Ambulance, although the entire cd is excellent. It's incredible how Teppei can make a guitar sound like a siren and how Dustin can turn a myth about obediance into a song about following your dreams. The band's ability to use a variety of time signitures and tempos keeps the music fresh with each song. If anyone out there is wanting music with more than just notes and words, pick up Artist, along with Illusion. You'd think a band like this would be impossible to find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Power of Music

    Thrice has been a part of my life ever since I started listening to their first album entitled "Identity Crisis" I had first listened to this album when my friend introduced it to me at a party a couple years back. Ever since I heard that album I have bought many Thrice albums to support the band since their lyrics were written by themselves and also played by them. This showed originality in my eyes. The Artist in the Ambulance is another great album. Powerful words were put into the songs when it was written. For example: "they are sick, they are poor and they die by the thousands and we look away they are wolves at the door they are not going to move us or get in our way cause we don't have the time here at the top of the world yeah we're doing just fine here at the top of the world" which we can relate here in our very own country of The United States of America. The song that I have found most intriguing was "The Artist in the Ambulance" because I can relate to this as I am too an artist in my school and was involved in a car accident about 8 years ago and was rescued by someone who I didn't know. The song has a catchy beginning that makes you want to sing along and proves why their album was entitled "The Artist in the Ambulance." When I bought the CD the first day, it came with cards having nice graphics of buildings which was pretty cool because now I can customize my own Thrice album changing the design every now and then. The notes for each song along with the lyrics were very thoughtful of the band and talked about how they felt in the recording studio. If you are into punk/emo (emotional) or just finding a new band to listen to, Thrice is the way to go. They have brought to me a new view of our society. I recommend you to buy this album because it helps the band and gives you good music to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest work of art

    I love it. I wasn't sure what the new rcord would sound like before it came out, but I was blown away. The intensity and power and passion are all there. You could get lost in this cd for hours untill you nedd to eat or some stupid thing like that. This cd is awesome. Buy it. It's cheap. You won't want to return it or sell it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    thrice once again has done it. each cd as satyed constant..wonderful. thrice's music never faulters. i recommend this cd to anyone. buy it now. it's a keeper. mines almost burned out already from having it be the only cd i ever listen to wherever i go. i suppose i'll buy another. you can't go wrong with thrice. this cd is the one you NEED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GO GET IT

    Thrice is a awesome band they have been making some really good music and there new cd is awesome so make sure you go get a copy of it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A really goood CD its worth the price

    this cd is the best thrice CD yet. It has a mixture of punk, hardcore, semi-metal, and pop-punk songs. Some good songs that i like on the CD are cold cash and colder hearts, all that's left, artist in the ambulance, and etc..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Albums I've Heard This Year

    I'm an all-out Thrice fan, but I think people that haven't even heard of Thrice would fall in love with the band after hearing this album. This album competes with their last album, The Illusion of Safety. Yeah... It's that good. I love this album and I would recommend it to anyone. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is duh bomb

    Great CD love the songs,lyrics go and buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest cd ever!

    "The Artist In The Ambulance" can be summed up in one word: WOW! I've never heard anything better than TAITA. From the beginning of "Cold Cash..." to the end of "Don't Tell...", it's the best music out there today. My personal favorite on the record it "Hoods on Peregrine," but all the others are pretty much my favorite too. If you don't have this cd yet, you need to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still going strong.

    BUY THIS CD! This is their third cd and in my opinion it is the best one yet. If you liked the first 2 albums you should love this one.

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