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  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B0015FS8QC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thrice s boundary pushing continues with the second installment of the Alchemy Index series. Volumes 1&2 (Fire & Water), released in October of last year, were met with tremendous critical acclaim and fanfare. Fans and critics were especially impressed with the Water side and just how far the band had pushed the parameters of what they can do as professional musicians.
The Earth and Air series show two more sides of the band that anyone has yet to see. The Earth side will showcase a more stripped down, raw element of the band, while Air will expose a more soft rock side. One thing is for certain...no one really knows where Thrice s music is going, and their fans seem to like it just fine that way.

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That's what makes concept albums so amazing.
Stephen Froeber
The four albums that make up Thrice's mammoth epic "The Alchemy Index" is some of the finest music of the past few years.
The Wickerman
Its just outstanding, and it really is much better than I had predicted.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Froeber on April 23, 2008
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Before beginning the review, let me say that I am a musician/recording engineer, and my other favorite bands are Dream Theater, Pat Metheny Group, Mew, Frost*, Porcupine tree, etc.
I say this to emphasize the angle that I am coming from in this review.
I will write a little about the actual album, but I'm mostly going to address why I think this works for this band at this time.
There are several other straight forward reviews that do the album justice.
I hope to write to the thinker and the lover of music who is wondering about this album.

I imagine that it's very difficult for a band like Thrice to grow and change. The reason is because they started out with a very "underground" metal/punk fusion style of music.
Usually, fans in this genre are very dedicated and passionate about "staying true" to the music.
They developed a following based on this sound, and from the early EP's, to Identity Crisis, to the illusion of safety, to Artist in the Ambulance, they developed this style as far as they wanted to...and realistically, as far as they could reasonably take it without becoming stale.
These were fantastic albums that all had their own merit for the time and place that they were written.

Then came Vheissu, which was quite a departure from their previous albums...and in my opinion, it was absolutely brilliant.
Now, with the Alchemy Index, they are simply going to the next natural step, and again, it's just excellent.

The reason why these albums work so well comes in understanding where the band might be coming from.

I know as a studious musician that there are points where you have a big shift in your tastes, and your writing styles.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ChuckMoses on April 16, 2008
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When the Alchemy Index, Vol. 1 & 2 Fire and Water were released last year, everyone was hit hard by how incendery and raw fire was, and how mesmerizing and trance like water was. Yet, not everyone was pleased with the album. I for one loved Fire and Water, even though it does have its ups and downs. I think most fans were left wondering, what are Air and Earth going to sound like? Will they be a dissapointment or will the complete the Alchemy Index into a stunning musical achievement? Well, suffice to say, having listened to Air and Earth thoroughly, Thrice have a elevated themselves over the first two volumes. If you were dissapointed in Fire and Water at all, don't worry, Air and Earth are much much better.

Air, is quite simply stunning to listen too. Dustins vocals are very impressive, I find them to be better here than they were in Vol. I and II, if only slightly. Broken Lungs is a strong intro track, giving you a good idea as to what to expect for the rest of Air. Everything on this album is near perfect. If I could I sum it up in one word I would say Blissful. Its hard to describe, it just needs to be heard. The closing song Silver Wings is truly special, I heard someone say they almost cried when they heard it. Its very moving and beautiful; by far the best closing track of the four volumes.

Earth is a complete 180 from Air. It reminds me very much of Dustins solo album, "Please Come Home." Very country and folky, Earth may come as surprise to some, but its excellent. Its hard to say which of the volumes is better because they are so different, but Earth is very strong, and with the nature of the album, the lyrics really shine here. There is a little bit of something for everyone here, but I can't imagine you not liking the Alchemy Index Vol. 3 & 4. Its just outstanding, and it really is much better than I had predicted. If Thrice continues to evolve and elevate themselves from here, who knows where they can go.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig on April 16, 2008
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I'm going to have to disagree with the reviewer who said this cd is "SOOO much better than Fire and Water" because thats just not true. All of the albums are appropriate to their own themes. However, with that being said, Air and Earth are nothing less than musical masterpieces. This series seems to be much more origional and creative than Fire and Water, which were also excellent in their own unique ways. They are most definitely in a leage of their own.

Having first heard Identity Crisis nearly five years ago, I would have never in a million years thought this would be the magnificent Thrice we are graced with today. This band has grown more than any band I have ever followed, ever. For all the OLD Thrice fans who might naysay the newer works; I hope you can open your minds to different outlooks on music because I can promise you this, you will not want to miss out on the splendor which is the Thrice of today. Forget everything you are habituated to and give it a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Buchanan on April 15, 2008
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Thrice continues to impress. This album takes a softer tone than the first half of their Alchemy Index project. The "Air" album is a bit reminiscent of "water" from their previous album, but "earth" is something entirely new, unless you are familiar with singer Dustin Kensrue's solo work, which is resembles somewhat. Amazing lyrics, amazing music. Thrice is all grown up, and so is their music. But a little growing up never hurt anyone, and in Thrice's case, it has shown them to be the artists that they truly are. Pick up this album!
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