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Thrice - ‘Beggars’

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 16 September 2009 at 15.00

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For a band with its foundations in punk rock, the transition into the unknown and back has been flawless...

After a premature leak, Thrice have done their best to counter a heartbreaking situation with bonus tracks of B-sides and remixes for those who resisted clicking the ‘download’ button. After last year’s experimental ‘Alchemy Index’ EPs, there were hints that ‘Beggars’ would be a return to roots – cited by the band as being written and recorded via a more ‘live’ format, ‘All The World Is Mad’ demonstrates this with a long, soulful melody layered over a chaotic instrumental backing. The ‘jam session’ atmosphere can be heard elsewhere as the album progresses, as the ethereal extended outro of ‘Circles’ spills into choppier, blues-style piano chords and offbeat rhythms of ‘Doublespeak’. There are hints at the heaviness of 2002’s ‘The Illusion Of Safety’, with ‘At The Last’ and ‘Talking Through Glass’ being more literal reminders of their old sound. ‘In Exile’, though, despite its pared-down guitars and minimalist structure, is equally reminiscent of classic Thrice. For a band with its foundations in punk rock, the transition into the unknown and back has been flawless; the musical ability displayed on ‘Beggars’ matches the experimental facets of their recent releases, but is spoken in a language that old-school Thrice fans will understand.

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