Thursday – No Devolución Review
Posted by Alice on Thu, 14 Apr 2011.
Tom Keeley – Guitar, vocals
Tim Payne – Bass guitar
Geoff Rickly – Lead vocalist
Steve Pedulla – Guitar, vocals
Tucker Rule – Drums
Andrew Everding – Keyboards, synthesizers
Formed in 1997, American rock band Thursday are back with their latest album ‘No Devolución. With their previous hardcore/punk songs in their old albums, I found ‘No Devolución’ to be a breath of fresh air with an attempt at a more melodic sound, and to tell you the truth, it worked!
The opening track ‘Fast to the end’ was a fantastic introduction to this album; my first thought was that it sounded familiar to their old stuff but then as I progressed into the next few tracks I felt like there was something new in this album. The vocals were pretty mellow until it came to the chorus where Geoff Rickly caught me out by suddenly belting out louder and more focused on lyrics which for me, were the highlight of the song.
No answers – The song starts off with a nice mellow beat along with soft drumming and vocals, it soon gets quicker as the guitars kick in more and the chorus comes along making the song quicker paced and catchy, the chorus in this song is definitely the part that stands out, which is a big plus!
Sparks against the sun – One thing that did stick out in this song for me were the piano along with the bass line, especially in the introduction I found it enjoyable and was glad to see that it had stuck throughout the rest of the song, the combination worked brilliantly, especially with the beat of the drums playing in the background.
Past and future ruins – The first 50 seconds start off very slow and quite dull which put me off a little, but as it finally got going I started to enjoy it more, the vocals were probably my favourite part in this, the louder vocals part way through definitely made up for the slow and rather boring start!
Turnpike divides – This song was a good change to some of the other softer songs as it was pretty speedy, especially as it went straight into the song with an effective guitar and drum combo followed by strong vocals, I really enjoyed listening to this and it’s probably one of my favourites that I could quite easily find myself jumping back to often!
Stay true – I found myself listening to this song over and over! I loved the repetitive yet relaxing start along with the soft vocals, but then was even more impressed when it started to build up to a big and louder chorus that had quite an impact.
Compared to Thursday’s last album ‘Common Existence’, this new release seems to have moved on to a new expressive, slower, and in my opinion better sound that has definitely left me wanting to hear more like this, I’d give it a good 8/10!