Vheissu

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Long hailed as the kingpins of screamo, this quartet have been straining at the boundaries of that -- and just about any other -- restrictive category for several years now. With this dense, literate disc which takes its title from Thomas Pynchon, Thrice establish themselves not only as willing experimenters, but also as masters of dynamic. That's clear from the opening strains of "Red Sky," a dark, pensive piano ballad on which frontman Dustin Kensrue intones quietly, like a man muttering to himself, rather than letting loose the full-throated scream that dominated The Artist in the Ambulance. Subtlety permeates much of Vheissu, both in its intriguing melodic quirks ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Long hailed as the kingpins of screamo, this quartet have been straining at the boundaries of that -- and just about any other -- restrictive category for several years now. With this dense, literate disc which takes its title from Thomas Pynchon, Thrice establish themselves not only as willing experimenters, but also as masters of dynamic. That's clear from the opening strains of "Red Sky," a dark, pensive piano ballad on which frontman Dustin Kensrue intones quietly, like a man muttering to himself, rather than letting loose the full-throated scream that dominated The Artist in the Ambulance. Subtlety permeates much of Vheissu, both in its intriguing melodic quirks -- "Music Box," for instance, uses the sound-maker referenced in the title as a key component, while "Atlantic" flaunts an expansiveness reminiscent of Radiohead's Kid A -- as well as Kensrue's lyrical stance. He's tempered the unfettered anger that pulsed from the grooves of the quartet's earlier works, waxing both tentatively optimistic on "Hold Fast Hope," one of the disc's most hard-edged offerings and openly irresolute about, well, just about everything on "Between the End and Where We Lie". Vheissu sometimes gets a bit muddled -- a byproduct of throwing everything in the kitchen cabinet into a recipe -- but more often, it comes across as intriguingly nuanced, the sort of concoction that leaves an indelible impression, albeit one that takes some time to sink in.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
There was a telling moment on Thrice's 2005 B-sides and rarities set, If We Could Only See Us Now. The quartet's live, acoustic performance of "Artist in the Ambulance" was notable for how much it suggested the Cure when unplugged. But there were also those kids in the background, solemnly singing along with vocalist Dustin Kensrue. These are the adoring submissives, the fans who filled Thrice-related message boards with dramatic tributes and pledges of allegiance in the run-up to Vheissu's October release. They represent the leap Thrice has evidently made, to go beyond the usual hardcore and metal dynamics and conventional emo devotion to become a guiding light. Thrice fuels that devotion -- Vheissu's deluxe edition includes wordy, earnest testimonials from each bandmember on his inspirations, his songwriting, and the recording process. However, the real earnestness is in Vheissu's music. Insular and meticulously layered, it switches restlessly between gauzy piano figures and righteous, full-bore post-hardcore, often suggesting a more thoughtful At the Drive-In. "Like Moths to Flame," "Image of the Invisible," and "For Miles" do this effectively, and the atmospheric stretches of "Stand and Feel Your Worth" opt for the cool, liquid tones of a Rhodes. But Kensrue inevitably screams again, and when he does he'll usually say something unfortunate like "Awed by grace I fall on my face." Like Incubus on Crow Left of the Murder or the extremes of ATDI spawn the Mars Volta, Thrice's ambition borders on self-indulgence. In Vheissu's most opaque moments you wonder, is this for everyone, or just the converted, those kids standing next to their stereos in salute? And yet, a record with too much ambition is better than another emo placeholder. And when their curiosity is aligned with more measured songwriting -- as on the breathy, dreamlike "Atlantic" or surging closer "Red Sky" -- Thrice throw open the doors of their devoted club to let the light shine with promise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498852453
  • Catalog Number: 000542802
  • Sales rank: 46,114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thrice Primary Artist
Steve Osborne Percussion, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Eddie Breckenridge Synthesizer, Bass, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Group Member
Riley Breckenridge Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dustin Kensrue Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Vocals, fender rhodes, Group Member
Teppei Teranishi Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Music Box, Group Member
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Steve Osborne Programming, Producer
David Schiffman Engineer
Jimmy Eppard Guitar Techician
Thrice Composer
Riley Breckenridge Programming
Dustin Kensrue Composer, Programming
Teppei Teranishi Programming
Noel White Drum Technician
Brian McMullen Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    All the songs are amazing and beautiful. Thrice has the best melodies ever.

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