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Thursday - Common Existence

Reviewer :
Tom Spinelli Format: Album
Year: 2009
Label: Epitaph Records
Genre: Post Hardcore
Producer: Dave Fridmann
Artist discography


Thursday has been one of my most liked bands since I first heard "Full Collapse." I have to honestly say that "War All the Time" and the first were neck and neck in my opinion. Now getting down to "City By The Light Divided," I think was the weakest of the 3 major label releases and that was one that got maybe a few listens at most as it never really caught my attention. There were a few good tracks on it but as a whole, really didn´t do much for me. The band seems to have a new fire now with the release of "Common Existence." I have been looking forward to this album for a while now and

I must say it was one of the biggest letdowns for me in music in the past few years. After "Kill The Houselights" and the tracks on there i was pumped for a new Thursday album. I don´t know maybe its just me, but I think the band has lost much of the original spark they had. I know bands grow and change and whatnot, but just compare the records. The new album is full of hard hitting numbers which isn´t bad but where are all the hooks and the Thursday vibes? Where are those driving bass lines and guitar riffs that put the band on the map? "Common Existence" is a lot of noise and yelling. I hear a lot of what I heard on the last album without much growth. It pains me to write this as I love the first two albums but I just put the CD in and skipped many of the tracks on the original spin and did the same the 3 other times I put it in expecting my mind to change.

I think the diehards will like it because it is Thursday and the harder edge of the band is back but on the other hand, I considered myself one too and am pondering if its something wrong with me, or the music? Songs like "I´m The Killer," "Understanding In A Car Crash," "Paris In Flames," and "War All The Time" where are songs like that? I know I will take a lot of heat for this but I have to stick to my guns... This album is weak! We hear the same vocal techniques and deliveries we have heard in the last record and also the same guitar lines. I was really expecting a comeback album with this one but I´m left with my eyebrows curled and a blank in my head.. huh?

Tracklisting 1. Resuscitation Of A Dead Man
2. Last Call
3. As He Climbed The Dark Mountain
4. Friends In The Armed Forces
5. Beyond The Visible Spectrum
6. Time's Arrow
7. Unintended Long Term Effects
8. Circuits of Fever
9. Subway Funeral
10. Love Has Led Us Astray
11. You Were The Cancer
12. Fake Nostalgia - Bonus Track
13. Common Existence - Bonus Track
14. The Worst Vow - Bonus Track
15. Circuits of Fever - Bonus Track
16. Love Has Led Us Astray - Bonus Track


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