Thrice // To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere // ALBUM REVIEW

Hello all. As the newest addition to Urban Vacancy, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ray and aside from furthering my own solo career, I play bassoon professionally in a concert band far from the home base of UV. I enjoy all types of music and will be reviewing various types, but staying mainly to alt-rock / Indie / Hardcore roots of Urban Vacancy. I recently picked up 5 albums to review for this site so they will come out as I have time to write. I hope you all enjoy my work and constructive criticism that can be used to make my articles better are welcome.

For my first piece for UV I reviewed the latest album by Thrice track by track. Such pieces will most likely be my regular contributions to the site. Listen along to the album as you read if you would like. I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did.

Band: Thrice
Album: To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
Track 1 (Hurricane) – It is always an interesting and welcome sound to hear an album start with a slow and melodic song. The guitars have a warm fuzz to them, starting with general chord patterns, as well as an acoustic part at the beginning wth touches of piano arpeggios that continue throughout the song fading in and out, with a catchy guitar riff that continues throughout the song. The vocalist’s almost raspy voice compliments the fuzz of the guitars greatly. The drums were very well produced, (I will definitely be looking into this producer’s other work), I could hear the airy sound of the kick drum as the pedal hit it as well as a splashy sound on the snare which was not expected, hut definitely ,arched the song well. The song ends with a strange,almost haunting, minor chord pattern to transition into the the next song. The artistry of this song impressed me greatly.
Track 2 (Blood on the Sand) – As I expected from the title of this song it is very obviously a war protest song. The passion for peace of the lyrics is very well known. The sounds of both guitars and drums differ from Hurricane, favoring a more distorted sound to guitars and classic crisp sound to the drums, this song is fast, loud and in your face. I expect it to be a standard at future shows.
Track 3 ( The Window) – The drum fill that starts off this song as well as the following guitar riff is a definite contrast to the last track as it slows down the album unexpectedly. The lead guitar has an almost djenty sound to it while the rhythm has a cleaner tone. I can feel the emotion of the vocalist as he is singing. This song constantly changes throughout its phrases. This album continues to impress me. The song takes a simple concept and builds upon it over and over to make it great. It almost reminds me of a jazz jam song. It ends with an unexpected breakdown that fits the song well. One of my favorites on the album.
Track 4 (Wake Up) – The almost classic sounding fuzz guitar returns in this song. The song picks up a little in tempo near the chorus and gets louder and heavier before slowing down and cutting out guitar for the most part in the second verse. The detail of the song the producer left in is amazing as I can hear the sound of the guitarists fingers sliding between chords on the fretboard. This song, like the last, transitions well into an unexpected breakdown that fits the song well while still keeping the slow tempo.
Track 5 – The album takes a more melodic turn in this song. The bass leads this song with a catchy riff while the guitars build the structure of the song especially in the lead almost soloing throughout the chorus. The songwriting skills of Thrice continues to amaze me as the album progresses. The bass and rhythm guitar pull out heavy power chords near the bridge section of the song while the lead guitar continues to solo. The raspy voice of the vocalist continues to compliment the sound of this album greatly. The song gradually removes layers of sound as it fades out and into the next giving a great ending to the track before fading into the next
Track 6 (Seneca) – The song is a short melodic interlude between The thing and Black Honey making the transition much smoother. A nice touch to the album as well as a good intro for live shows. I would expect it to be used in future live shows as an intro to Black Honey or to start shows.
Track 7 ( Black Honey) – This song starts with a catchy riff that builds upon itself as well as what sounds like a cello droning in the background. The bassist plays slap bass for the first time on the record. Rad. This song is definitely what I would expect to be the lead single next to Blood in the Sand as well as a standard at future shows. The layers to the vocals before the chorus as well as the volume changes throughout the phrases are fantastic. Cutting out the vocals before the final chorus was chilling. The standout feature of this song is the changing of the lyrics of each chorus. I always love it when bands do this and it fits well with the emotion the vocalist continues to express throughout the song.
Track 8 – The album transitions into a melodic love ballad which the vocalist expresses beautifully. The bass in this song is in the background yet well pronounced building the character of the song well. The second verse is led by an almost synthesizer like guitar strumming lightly over the drummer filling lightly on the toms before picking up again in volume and adding the rest of the band back in for the next chorus. The emotion of this song is greatly pronounced found also in the volume changes throughout the song. Another personal favorite of the album.
Track 9 – The album picks up again in the heaviness as well as having great melodic transitions as are found throughout this album. The sound of the snare in this song stands out to me as well as the rest of the drums. The phrasing of the vocals in comparison to the rest of the band during the heavy chorus as well as the changing of time signatures greatly compliments the song. Another song on the album where the emotion is very clearly heard throughout.
Track 10 – One of the few songs on the album that starts off heavy as opposed to transitioning from a melodic phrase. This is a nice touch to the mostly melodic nature of the last few songs. The strumming pattern of the rhythm guitar and bass as well as the pitch shifting in the bridge and end of the song give the song a great ending as well as even more emotion.
Track 11 – The album ends with a longer and softer song incorporating female backing vocals fading in and out while being led by a guitar riff that continues throughout the majority of the song. Piano chords and occasionally single notes occasionally fade in and out of the song as well as synthesizers near the pre chorus where the vocals shift to a layered and synth like sound. The structure and artistry of this song is amazing and definitely is one of the standout tracks on the album though i doubt it will be played live. One thing that is found occasionally in the song is an instrument (or in one case what appears to be a church bell) being used for one note then not reappearing also building the emotion of the song. It ends with a piano and synthesizer outro which fades out with the piano playing its first defined lead part in the song. I love this song. It is extremely creative and emotional throughout.
Overall the album as a whole is fantastic. I would recommend it to any fans of post hardcore and alternative rock or any fans of good melodic music. This is the first album I’ve listened to by thrice (I know I need to turn my emo card in now), but I’m definitely going to be looking into their other work. The emotion drips off of many of the songs with my favorite song probably being Black Honey though it is hard to decide. I look forward to reviewing more albums from this band.

Written By: Ray Nicholas 

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