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The Artist in the Ambulance

ThriceAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

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Thrice has been a staple in the alternative-modern-rock world for nearly ten years now. With no real need for introduction, Thrice is known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records. Their eighth album Major/Minor is no exception.

Building off the momentum of 2009’s Beggars, Thrice (frontman/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist ... Read more in Amazon's Thrice Store

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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 (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrice Are In A League Of Their Own. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrice triumphs once again 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music that Thrice has written so far August 26, 2003
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Anyone who enjoyed the earlier Thrice releases will also enjoy this one as well. It seems to have a much harder edge to it than the previous releases. With songs such as "Paper Tigers" and "Silhouette", you not only get to hear the amazing guitar timing, but you also get to experience Thrice's power. The vocals in these two tracks are structured very differently than other tracks on the disc. "Paper Tigers" is brutal as far as Thrice goes, and it's easily one of my favorite songs on the disc. "Stare at the Sun", another well writen song, has a winding bassline that keeps the listener tuned in while the guitars bounce off each other perfectly to create a very catchy song with great lyrics. "All That's Left" and the opening track, "Cold Cash And Colder Hearts" are also very catchy. "The Artist In The Ambulance" is probably my favorite track, just because of the lyrics, and the delivery. It's an extremely well written song, and it's not the kind of song that you stop listening to as the CD gets older... Then again, I really can't see this CD getting old, highly recommended to anyone who likes Thrice, or other similar bands. I could go on and on about the rest of the CD, and the percussion, vocals, riffs etc. but I believe there are enough other reviews out there for this CD that do a better job than mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my first Thrice album 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
This is one of those albums that you can listen to straight through without having to skip tracks to find a good song in my opinion.
Published 2 months ago by jk
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Thrice album (matter of opinion)
Clever bass lines, with catchy guitar riffs, with drums that are so heavy it'll make your heart skip a beat. Dustin's melodies fit perfectly with each song. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cady Linneen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist in The Ambulance Vinyl
Purchased as gift for son. One of the vinyl's is a little warped, but still works fine. He loves it!
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
This album was written with great meaning and was one of my favorite things to listen to in high school and still is.
Published 7 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid, if unspectacular melodic metalcore
Thrice main a conjoined, concerted effort to crank their metal roots for their third full-length record. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band. Amazing Album
I love Thrice. This album jumps the music writing in many many ways for them. In light of their future albums, this album is interesting in that they maintain a similar sound... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by iCharb
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Addictive
Heavy, fast-paced, and complex on every level. There are very few songs on this album that I don't have to listen to once they've begun playing. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Shane Windham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist in the Ambulance: Perfection.
Without question, this is my favorite album of all time. Everything from the guitars, to the bass, to the drums, to the vocals, is perfect. Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by Christopher S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Thrice
I recently heard Thrice live opening for Rise Against. I was taken aback by the sheer power and talent of this group. Read more
Published on December 9, 2008 by Cynthia Thomason
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch
This is the best Thrice album period. Every song on this album has spirit and motivation and deserves a listen.
Published on April 14, 2008 by William Day
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