Thrice MAJOR / MINOR Album Review

Eddy Duryea - OFC Contributor

Thrice Releases Their Seventh Album MAJOR / MINOR

Over a span of ten years Thrice has released a wide array of masterful, albeit diverse, albums.  Since their last album, BEGGARS, Thrice has more than proven they are still on top of their game. MAJOR / MINOR, the band's seventh album, brings back what characterized Thrice: meaningful lyrics, heartfelt choruses, and hard-hitting instrumentals.

Throughout the entirety of their existence, Thrice has evolved with every album. MAJOR / MINOR has a more refined and reinforced sound than BEGGARS.   MAJOR / MINOR has energy reminiscent of the ILLUSION OF SAFETY and ARTIST IN THE AMBULANCE days, but also includes some more toned down elements seen in VHIESSU.

The first track off of MAJOR / MINOR is “Yellow Belly,” a powerful message to cowardly men to cease the physical or even emotional pain inflicted upon their women.  “Yellow Belly” is characterized by Ed Breckenridge’s groovy bass, Teppei Teranishi’s dynamic riffs, and Riley Breckenridge’s deliberate percussion.  Frontman Dustin Kensrue yells with intensity in the chorus: “Your hands are made to comfort but they only conjure fear, but you don’t care, you don’t care.”

“Promises” keeps the momentum created in “Yellow Belly” through Kensrue’s impassioned and forceful singing.  The next couple of tracks are slightly mellower; however, this does not mean they lack lyrical substance.  “Words in the Water” is driven by the Breckenridge brother’s steady snare and bass.  Kensrue tops the song off with earnest lyrics regarding a battle with scriptural interpretation: “And when I lost all hope to look, someone took that heavy book from my hands, all its weight they set aside”.  Although it is refreshing to hear Thrice return to their roots with grittier songs such as “Blur” and “Promises”, the more toned down tracks, such as “Words in the Water” and “Treading Paper”, are equally as impressive.

One of the tracks that will surely be overlooked is “Anthology.”   “Anthology” is a beautiful track because it highlights Kensrue’s sincerity and the band’s overall purposeful sound.  Kensrue pleads his love to cling on to the relationship: “It's true that you could snap my neck, I trust you'll save my life instead.”  Although “Anthology” could have made an apt ending, it serves as an even better interlude into “Disarmed”.  The last track, “Disarmed”, Kensrue triumphantly sings of victory over divine evil:  “Unassailable you waited, the great enemy of man, now that you have been disarmed, we will cross over unharmed.”  A grand minute and a half instrumental with a string of epic “ohhhhh”’s at the end of “Disarmed” conclude MAJOR / MINOR.

As a whole, MAJOR / MINOR truly is one of the finest albums Thrice has put out.  MAJOR / MINOR is heavy enough to trace back to their roots, but refined enough to appreciate their growth.  With the release of MAJOR / MINOR, Thrice has proven that they can age much more gracefully than many of their peers.

To watch a behind the scenes look at the making of "Major/Minor" please stop by Thrice official website

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 15:10