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Common Existence

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As New Jersey's post-hardcore pioneers approach their tenth anniversary, they've dug deep to recapture their original fervor and present a cohesive, unique masterpiece that looks ahead to the next ten years. RIYL: Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Underoath.

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  1. Resuscitation Of A Dead Man (Feat. Tim McIlrath) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Last Call 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. As He Climbed The Dark Mountain 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Friends In The Armed Forces 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Beyond The Visible Spectrum 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Time's Arrow 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Unintended Long Term Effects 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Circuits Of Fever 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Subway Funeral 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Love Has Led Us Astray 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. You Were The Cancer 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B001NJY5GW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Kohler on February 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Some bands, if they've been around long enough and make enough music, eventually end up making an album that sounds like a conglomerate of all their previous albums. Over the course of the first 5 songs on Common Existence, it sounds like Thursday took the energy and bleakness of songs like "For the Workforce, Drowning" or "Jet Black New Year" and mixed it with some of the straight out rock from Full Collapse, specifically "Paris in Flames" and "Cross Out the Eyes." The atmosphere of War all the Time is there and the energy of Full Collapse is impossible to miss. Common Existence just sounds like a natural and welcome progression of the bands sound.

You can hear elements of the punk, hardcore and progressive rock that has always been a part of Thursdays sound since they first emerged from the basements of New Jersey. There are high-energy tracks destined to be concert favorites like "Resurrection of a Dead Man" and "Friends in the Armed Forces." I found myself singing "For The Workforce, Drowning" (one of, if not the best songs Thursday ever wrote) after I listened to "Resurrection of a Dead Man" for the first time. It's the perfect way to start off the album. From the beginning you get a shot of energy, a sense of urgency. The mixture of hardcore and punk is back and it's a little dirtier than before. Thursday has found a way to take the two genres and craft their own sound, again, just as they did with Full Collapse. A lot of these songs sound like they could have been recorded at the same time as one of the best songs the band has ever written, "Jet Black New Year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IcemanJ VINE VOICE on April 7, 2009
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From the moment I heard "Understanding in a Car Crash" on MTV in the summer of 2001, I was completely hooked by Thursday. My friends thought I was crazy, and couldn't understand what my obsession with them was. They have always offered something different, something unique among similar bands. Even though my music taste back then was not very established yet, Thursday remains sort of a "black sheep" of my music taste, if you will. What I mean is I don't listen to many artists similar to them at all. The most similar I can think of is At the Drive-In. In fact, I generally don't even listen to popular artists that are being played on MTV or mainstream radio stations. Quite frankly, so many of them suck that it has become a waste of my time to even consider it. However, I think this solidifies the fact that Thursday have broken limits and became truly far-reaching within the music world.

Fast-forward 8 years. Here we are: Thursday's fifth full-length release. I enjoyed "War All the Time" and "A City by the Light Divided" about the same as "Full Collapse," but when I first popped this in, I was astounded. I don't think Thursday has changed THAT much. They're still doing what they always did best - being aggressive while maintaining good and interesting melodies, lyrics and song structures, all while pushing the boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By symbolicacts on February 21, 2009
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It has been well documented that Thursday have struggled over the past couple of years. "A City by the Light Divided" was not very well received, and they were dropped from their label. Many people still feel 2001's "Full Collapse" was the high water mark for this band. On the other hand, I enjoyed their previous two releases just as much if not more than "Full Collapse." Although "Full Collapse" was well executed stripped down post hardcore, Thursday have completely transcended that genre over the past couple years... and that is certainly something to be proud of.

Thursday have quite noticeably changed their approach to songwriting as of late. While the essence of the band is the same, they have added a lot more texture to their music. This should not have been surprising in the least as they made keyboardist Andrew Everding a full time member of the band before the last album. They utilized him well on songs like "Counting 5-4-3-2-1" and "We Will Overcome", and guess what, this CD is no exception. The songs are even more atmospheric. "As he climbed the dark mountain" is epic. The last minute and a half of "Beyond the Visible Spectrum" is almost ethereal. "Circuits of Fever" is also a standout in that respect, with the reverberated distant vocals. The atmosphere is ever present on "Common Existence."

The atmosphere is there, but what really makes this CD superior to its predecessors is the execution. Their other four CDs didn't have home run songs like "Resuscitation of a Dead Man" or "Subway Funeral." Thursday even brings things to a halt for the slow, acoustic "Time's Arrow" to keep things interesting.
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