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Major/Minor

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2011 release, the eighth album from the Alt-Rock band. Major/Minor was tracked and produced by long-time friend and Vheissu mixer, Dave Schiffman at Redbull Studios in Los Angeles. Major/Minor was derived in large part by jam sessions and is quite literally the brain-child of all four band members. Comprised of 11 songs, the album possesses an analog warmth and organic landscape reminiscent of indie-music's predecessor; one of the biggest music trends to come from the underground in the 1990's. That's right, Grunge.
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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B005C3QTUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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By D. Curry on September 21, 2011
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You're going to inevitably read reviews that go something like "Why doesn't Thrice go back to their thrash metal ways?"

The answer is that they have already conquered that mountain. Their music is like wine -- it gets better with time, and nobody puts new wine into old wineskins...

So please don't listen to any reviews that focus on what Thrice isn't, or used to be. This review is about Major/Minor, but I will say that there are moments that hark back to Vheissu (Treading Paper has a movement that really reminds me of Of Dust and Nations) and Beggars (the organic feel of Beggars continues in Major/Minor, but things are a bit more polished with M/m).

This is incredibly mature songwriting, both lyrically and musically. Kensrue's lyrics are poetic and profound. The music, written collaboratively, must have been written with the lyrics in mind, because the combination of music and word is seamless. Each song seems to be a study in contrasts, which makes the title Major/Minor very fitting. My favorite contrast is explored most explicitly in Words in the Water.

Personal favorites (so far): Blinded, Treading Paper, Words in the Water, Blur, Call It in the Air.

You don't need to be a Thrice fan to like this. You just have to like good music.
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This band seems to be able to change their sound, and do it well, every single album. This quality is very rare in a band, and says loads about their talent. Major/Minor delivers such a wide array of rock from start to finish, and its quite entrancing. Don't expect to hear any synth on this record, just raw guitar greatness. Dustin's vocals are absolutely incredible, and the band as a whole has done a fantastic job with this one. Check out "Treading Paper", "Listen Through Me" and "Disarmed".
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If you are a Thrice fan, you know what I'm about to say.....I know you've come to expect greatness.

I said it in my last Thrice review for the Album "Beggars", it is a real pleasure to watch these guys grow from album to album. The fact of the matter is Thrice has knocked it out of the park with "Major/Minor". The intensity of this album both lyrically and musically is unmatched in their catalog thus far. That is saying alot, I know, but after the first spin of the album I just felt like something different is happening hear....EVERYTHING WORKS.

I first noticed it with Dustin's vocal delivery. Know Dustin has always been a powerful singer, and no stranger to releasing emotion, however on this album the honesty and connection to the material is just masterful, he means every single word he says and sings. You can't argue that.

Next, THE GUITARS, where do I start, well, they take it to the next level, sound spectacular, and never let it up.

The 1st time I fully disgested Thrice's album Vheissu back in 2005/2006, I thought to myself, okay this is their masterpiece how can they possibly keep this up in the years to come. Well they certainly have from album to album in the years since, and come dangerously close to topping Vheissu here with Minor/Major. But, I dont want to get into comparing the albums, they are seperate projects anyway, and this one is GREAT in it's own way.

Powerhouse performances from all envolved. Good Job Thrice. Again.
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By k32081 on August 9, 2013
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As a singer-songwriter I think these are all very well crafted songs and were recorded really well but they really don't do much for me. There was not much about this album that made me feel like picking it up again to let it really sink in. This could be an album that requires about 2-3 full listens through to fully understand and enjoy, or maybe I just didn't have the attention span at the time to do so. I only caught myself yearning to listen to a few tracks on this release and quickly forgot about it. Don't get me wrong I love Thrice's music but if you want something to compare my opinion to my favorite albums are "The Artist In the Ambulance" and "Vheissu" that should give you a starting point of where I am basing my opinion off of.
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Well we've got a new Thrice album coming shortly and I figured I'd take a quick look back at their last offering, Major/Minor. First I'll share a brief history between the band and me. I first started listening to them back in their Artist in the Ambulance days. It was around this same time that I also bought The Illusion of Safety and played that record to death. But it wasn't until 2005 with Vheissu that I really fell in love with the band. Vheissu was and is an impressive album that blends a lot of different sounds and brings out a lot of emotions. Lyrically and musically, I consider it to be their greatest achievement.

After Vheissu they went on to essentially make two double albums with The Alchemy Index. This entire project was somewhat hit and miss for me. A few songs on Water and Air were some of the best they'd written, while others were forgettable or just didn't do anything for me at all. I remember a few even being somewhat unlistenable. All in all it was an ambitious project but it didn't really leave a lasting impression or make me want to consider any of their work with the 4 elements to be among of their best.

Beggars brought Thrice back to a good spot I thought. It was an enjoyable album that sounded like they were comfortable just writing and making music and not needing to have everything fit into a box. Not a perfect album, not an album that matches Vheissu, but still a solid and worthy addition to their discography.

And then there's Major/Minor. I think it's their best since Vheissu. I love pretty much everything about the album. The thing is, I don't remember liking it at first. It took me probably 4-5 listens for it to really hit me. That's never happened with a Thrice album for me before.
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