Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
I was excited that Thrice had finally returned from hiatus and I was geeked out that a new album from the band was on the way. I figured it would be excellent. What I didn’t think was that I was about to hear what is possibly Thrice’s best record to date (or at least my favorite).
To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere feels like both a natural progression and rebirth for Thrice. As I listen back through the band’s discography, TBEITBN fits in nicely without conforming to a certain trend. It might be, start to finish, the most melodic and singable Thrice record. It’s also one of Dustin’s best lyrical outings in a while.
Hurricane is easily the “chillest” opener on Thrice record yet. There’s an intensity to it for sure, but it sets the tone that Thrice is headed in a different direction. The album’s opener will sweep you away, pun intended, with its beauty and melody. On their recent tour, the band opened their set with the track, and you can understand why. Hurricane is catchy and draws you in. It’s a song that has all the makings of a hit radio single, but so does most of the record.
What I love about TBEITBN is the way that the intensity can rise and fall but the album doesn’t feel like steady. Blood In the Sand kicks things up a notch for sure. The politically charged song goes after people who let fear overtake them and drive their decisions. It’s a stand against violence and silence. Both lyrically and the vocally, the song is intense. But the catchiness of the hook is what drives the point of the song home.
The Long Defeat feels like a classic Thrice track in the making. Great hook, a driving melody, Kensrue’s great wordplay with the lyrics. It ranks as one of Thrice’s most beautiful songs in my book. Black Honey fits in the same vein of Blood In The Sand. Politically driven lyrical content that gives the song a super intense vibe. Stay With Me Jumped into my top 5 favorite Thrice songs the minute I heard the track. Not only is the song beautiful and catchy but it’s equally as heartbreaking. The musical shift at the end of the bridge into the chorus at the end of the song only heightens that sense of dread and sadness.
Death From Above is another political track that takes on the use of drones. The odd time signature combined with the heaviness of the chorus creates a really dramatic feel. The way the bridge lightens in sound and mood creates a really introspective feeling for the listener.
Kensrue’s lyrics have always been great, but they feel like he’s taken a turn since the band went on hiatus and we the listeners are reaping the benefits of that shift. This is a record you want to listen to with the lyrics in front of you. But it’s also a record you can listen to and find catchy and enjoyable and be ignorant of all the lyrical content if you like. The lyrics aren’t a hinge point that makes the record great. I just thing it enhances the listening experience.
I’m glad Thrice is back. To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is perfect. 5 out of 5 Stars.