I’m not the biggest Thursday fan, not to say they don’t have musical talent, because they do. But even I like their sixth and newest album “No Devolución,” which will be released Tuesday. Well, Thursday, you have impressed me, but why isn’t your album coming out on Thursday?
Since I’m not a Thursday fan, I haven’t heard many of their songs, but what I have heard was always disconnected, discombobulated and scratchy, hence why I didn’t like them. However, this is not the case on “No Devolución.”
“No Devolución” starts out strong with “Fast to the End.” This has got to be the best song on the album and a great choice for the first track. It’s a confident track that balances Thursday’s new and old sounds. From the beginning, I knew this album was going to be different from Thursday’s previous music that I have heard. As far as I can tell, they’ve taken a turn for the better.
Even though they’ve turned, there are some Thursday elements that are still evident in their music, like heavy guitars. The best example is “Past and Future Ruins.” The guitar almost covers up lead vocalists Geoff Rickly’s vocals. This song probably is the worst as far as the rest of the album goes.
“Turnpike Divides” is another song on the album that isn’t that great. It’s almost like an anthem with all of the chanting. It is a good song without the chanting, however.
“No Devolución” exhibits a lot of diversity, which is always great for a band. It’s apparent that Thursday is still keeping their post-hardcore roots, but they have a newfound love for the softer side of music.
Some songs that really showcase their gentle melodies are “No Answers” and “A Darker Forest.” These two are slower paced and display the band’s talent well.
One of my favorites is “Magnets Caught In A Metal Heart,” which is also a slower song. The beat made by the guitar in the intro is original and different, especially for Thursday. This track also exhibits several strictly instrumental parts, and Thursday definitely succeeds with those.
“Magnets Caught In A Metal Heart” transitions into probably the slowest song of “No Devolución,” which is “Empty Glass.” The song starts off with some slow synthesizer chords then Rickly starts off singing, “I lost my wedding ring down the kitchen sink,” and that immediately drew me in. How did he lose his wedding ring down the kitchen sink? Why the kitchen sink? Was he cooking? Did he really lose it or was it on purpose? He later sings, “I sold my wedding ring to another man.” Intriguing.
Older fans will probably label this album as the odd one out, because really, it is. If you are one of those fans, be more open about “No Devolución.” Thursday has been growing musically for 10 years, and they continue to grow. If you’re new to Thursday, give ‘em a shot. “Alternative Press” even gave “No Devolución” four and a half stars.