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Classic Album Review: Thursday | Full Collapse

The New Jersey quintet stand out from the punk pack on their sophomore album.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


So many punk and emo bands have three speeds — fast, insanely fast and sofastyoucan’teventellwhatthey’resaying.

Not Thursday. This New Jersey emo quintet understand that power and passion can’t necessarily be measured by a tachometer. Their second album Full Collapse has plenty of the hallmarks you expect from emo: Chiming guitars, cacophonous noise, anguished vocals, propulsive rhythms, primal screams. It also has a few breath-of-fresh-air surprises, like some impressive songwriting and ear-catching arrangements that kinda remind you of At the Drive-In. But what really sets Thursday apart from the monotonous punk legions is their control of tempo — by balancing tension and release, they maximize the impact of their songs. And they manage to avoid sounding like their van is double-parked.