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City by the Light Divided
     

A City by the Light Divided

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It's becoming rather apparent that Thursday have just about outgrown the new-school post-hardcore scene that they were partially responsible for helping to birth in the early 2000s. They've always been a step smarter than the hundreds of bands that appeared in Full Collapse's wake, learning over time to

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It's becoming rather apparent that Thursday have just about outgrown the new-school post-hardcore scene that they were partially responsible for helping to birth in the early 2000s. They've always been a step smarter than the hundreds of bands that appeared in Full Collapse's wake, learning over time to rely much less on the scream/sing dynamic of early releases, realizing that subtle time shifts or powerfully layered buildups can trigger just as strong an emotional release as being simply brash and loud. And considering they were teetering on a breakup before this album was yet a notion, fans should feel even luckier at the arrival of their expansive fourth full-length, A City by the Light Divided. The same dismal and dark atmosphere that pervaded War All the Time is back, but this time with a sliver of faint hope appearing amidst the incessant urban sprawl of outward despair. Death, love, desolation, growth, and hope are the touchstones for personal lyrical content, as a literate Geoff Rickly reflects on the band's existence and his own. Religious questions materialize in the divine catharsis of "Sugar in the Sacrament," while a high-school friendship that ended with his friend getting killed by a train emerges as a sustaining theme -- superficially in the driving "Counting 5-4-3-2-1" and more figuratively in the soaring ambience of "Running from the Rain." Songs emerge like sonic landscapes of emotion, with many starting out as quiet, pensive ruminations that ultimately escalate into surging levels of impassioned outcries that Rickly's voice has always been vulnerably perfect for. He continues to move effortlessly from breathy whispers to full-on aching declarations as a steady backdrop curtain of guitars explodes with every gasp. The band sounds as cohesive as ever, and the now permanent addition of keyboardist Andrew Everding feels like he was always a member of the group, smartly adding synth sections that strikingly support the band's rhythm section without overpowering at their mere presence. Thursday simply sound like a superior version of themselves, with traces of their younger identity only appearing sporadically on this album, like on the lovely discordant death-oriented track "At This Velocity." Thursday deserve credit for understanding that a band's maturation is not just synonymous with complete reinvention. From their days of putting on basement shows, they've remained true to themselves while allowing room for necessary stretching and expansion. A City by the Light Divided is not a disc of instant gratification -- but then again, most of the ones worth listening to aren't, either.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498540374
catalogNumber:
000648202

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Performance Credits

Thursday   Primary Artist
Tim Payne   Group Member
Steve Pedulla   Group Member
Tucker Rule   Group Member
Tom Keeley   Group Member
Geoff Rickly   Group Member
Amanda Tannen   Vocals
Andrew Everding   Group Member
Mary Gavazzi Fridmann   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Louis Marino   Art Direction,Illustrations
Thursday   Composer
Geoff Rickly   Composer
Eric Wong   Marketing
Melissa Cross   Vocal Coach
Octavio Paz   Author

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[Enhanced Album Version] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just moved from Mesa Az. where everybody is either a skater or an emo(I'm just a skater, not an emo) to Leawood Ks. where everybody is either a prep or a jock(I'm neither of these, I live in a big house, but I'm not a prep and I hate sports). So, the first day at my new school, I had a strand of my hair covering one eye, and when people asked me what my favorite bands were I said Thursday, My Chemical Romance, and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Of course, I was immediately labeled emo I'M NOT EMO! Sure, I listen to a certain kind of music, but I don't cry alot. And I've never even thought of slitting my wrists. Also, I'm very interested in vampires and have many books about the subject. I also write music on the piano that tends to be a little dark. THESE THINGS DO NOT MAKE ME EMO JUST B/C I'M NOT THE TYPICAL KS. JOCK. These make me an interesting and unique person. But anyway, on to the album. One of the few albums in this genre that has NO swearing. That's a good thing b/c I can play it on my speakers and not have to worry about muting the swear words(I don't care if something swears but my parents do.) Also, Geoff's voice sounds extraordinary on songs like Telegraph Avenue Kiss and The Lovesong Writer. Not many bands in this genre have much talent or originality(Hawthorne Heights is a prime example of this, I hate them so much, the lyrics are a complete joke coming from them and the screaming is very horrible. Okay, sorry about that. Anyway, Thursday might not sound original to you b/c over the years, TONS of bands have dumbed down Thursday's sound to make it their own. Overall, great album. Don't be afraid to be an individual.
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