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The Artist in the Ambulance

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0000A5A21
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like many other albums with staying power, Thrice's third full-length release, "The Artist In The Ambulance," takes some time to fully understand and appreciate it as the amazing body of work it is. Thrice are easily one of the most original bands making music out there today. Although they seem to be, unfortunately, lumped in with the emo explosion, they are more about fusing melody with classic hardcore and heavy metal influences. Frontman Dustin Kensrue's empowering words are emphasized by his confident and obviously well-trained vocals. This album is all about the lyrics, and most of what is presented here is of a positive and uplifting nature. Teppei Teranishi is fastly becoming one of my favorite guitarists. He can definitely hang with the best of them and really gives Thrice their signature sound. Everyone who knows of Thrice are more than likely familiar with the two singles, "All That's Left" and "Stare At The Sun." The former is a fast-paced anthem, while the latter is a more somber, emotionally charged piece, being one of the many bright spots of the album (and is, incidentally, my favorite of the bunch). The rest of the songs all pretty much fit somewhere in the middle, with the highlights being "Paper Tigers," "Under A Killing Moon," "Don't Tell and We Won't Ask" and the title track. With this album, Thrice have created their best music yet, and have evolved a bit since "The Illusion Of Safety" and "Identity Crisis." It is also their first major label release, and surprisingly, they come out of everything with integrity intact. Everything you love about heavy music is here. If you like intelligence with your metal, Thrice will be right up your alley. Expect big things for them with their next album, they are too good to be overlooked.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on September 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Thrice have proven themselves to be one of the most promising new bands out there today. Their unique blend of emo/hardcore and Maidenesque metal is always compelling, and never disappoints. After being completely bowled over by their last release, "The Illusion of Safety", I wondered if they could ever top such an immaculate collection of music. Well, with "The Artist in the Ambulance", Thrice may very well have done that very thing.
I have noticed that many have accused Thrice of "selling out". They have joined Island records, and as such are no longer "indie", and that combined with their recent break into the mainstream has led many to shun them, and dismiss this album as a sellout. However, this is nothing but a short-sighted, narrow-minded jump to conclusions, and couldn't be further from the truth. First of all, who cares how "indie" something is? Since when does a band have to be "indie" to be good? One listen to this CD will surely confirm that Thrice have stuck to their guns, and haven't compromised their creativity a bit.
Rather than dumbing their music down to the mainstream (as many may have expected), they have developed and refined it, and it's only made them better. The guitar work is even tighter than before, Riley's drumming is even more interesting and complex, and Eddie is coming along nicely as a bassist. But if anybody really stands out, it's Dustin. As good as his vocals were before, they're even more amazing now. His clean vocals are smoother, and his screams more aggressive. The power and raw emotion that has always heavily manifested itself in their music has been increased tenfold here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By undisclosed on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had heard of them from a few people, you know through word of mouth. One day I wanted to go CD shopping, and I bought this CD along with Hot Hot Heat's "Make Up the Breakdown".
This CD is superior, I must say.
I am so impressed.
I'm a fan of metal. Not Korn/Papa Roach metal. You know, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. When I heard this CD, the sounds were reminiscent of metal, actual metal. Actual rhythmically diverse metal. Lets just say that I like music that is musically diverse and has something important to say.
This CD is fantastic. It's got so much to listen to. You hear different things every time. The songs are different from each other, and you notice the difference more and more with every listen. There's uneven time signatures, nice vocal harmonies, intelligent lyrics, and a furious rhythm line (percussion and bass). The guitars are once again, reminiscent of metal. When I listen to a few riffs on this album, I can't help but think of Master of Puppets by Metallica. That's how good this sounds. Not only that, the guitars have riffs that harmonize with each other. That's even sweeter.
Here's my opinion of every song.
1. Cold Cash - beautiful way to start. It's hard, pounding, uneven time. Strings are definitely an addition. Middle of the song gets softer, nice dynamics. Not too many bands use effective dynamics.
2. Killing Moon - that Master of Puppets similarity... right here. Wonderful opening riff, catches your attention. Great lyrics, good guitar harmonies. You know... I was thinking... you know how the drums on this song heavily accent the downbeats? I wonder how it would sound if the drums would heavily accent the upbeats instead, and syncopate the rhythm. I'm interested in how that would turn out.
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