Californian quartet Thrice have come a long way since their Island breakthrough, The Artist In The Ambulance. They started to write what they want, and out of it came the incredibly mixed-reactions of the Alchemy Index concept. Nowadays, they’ve moved away in another different direction, from which comes their sixth full-length offering, Beggars.
Intro track All The World Is Mad and slightly more upbeat follower The Weight look to step back into the roots that propelled Thrice into the mainstream, but the sad thing is, this is about as energetic as it gets, and it’s about as lively as a sleeping snail. What follows is a slow, dull and dreary assortment of what the band apparently want to be writing. None of it is all that memorable, tracks like Circles and In Exile give the sound of awful filler material, and near-to-none of these songs hold a candle to the sheer brilliance that once was.
Lead singer Dustin Kensrue sounds somewhat different throughout this record, and lacks the sound of emergency and fire that he put into the bands extensive back catalogue, save for possibly the only plus of the record, in the form of Talking Through Glass, which provides the sole step back, and breaks out the real sound of the band in some style.
Teppei Teranishi‘s distinguishable lead guitar parts are virtually non-existent, opting more for blend in semi-acoustic sounds that give off no distinction.
The record, as a whole, isn’t one to listen to on repeat, and might put Thrice fans of old off the band for good. There’s a good chance this may sound massive and beautiful live, but on record, it’s really time to question how long the band really have left, if they keep producing tripe like this.
Beggars by Thrice is released digitally on August 11th, with its physical release on September 15th through Vagrant Records.