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Thrice has been a staple in the alternative-modern-rock world for nearly ten years now. With no real need for introduction, Thrice is known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records. Their eighth album Major/Minor is no exception.

Building off the momentum of 2009’s Beggars, Thrice (frontman/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist ... Read more in Amazon's Thrice Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B005C3QTUK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thrice appear to be getting better and better with every album released. Major/Minor is their seventh studio album and certainly follows that upwards trend: the follow-up to 2009's Beggars may well be the Californian quartet's best yet. The thing that strikes you immediately is how remarkably honest-sounding this record is, frontman Dustin Kensrue's voice clear and true. It sounds as if the songs have simply been recorded and released, with no post-production activity. There's little-to-no treatment on his gravelly voice, and there's a simplicity to the music and songs that allows the listener to enjoy them at a very elemental level.

The amount of groove in opening track, Yellow Belly, offers a comforting aside to the desperation in Kensrue's vocals as he yells, "You don't care." As straightforward as the song might initially seem, its construction and delivery are far from easy. It comes across as emotional in the same way as Rival Schools, with a yearning evident but a superior musical control to balance the outpourings. The upbeat but melancholy, achingly beautiful Blinded is a perfect example of this band's expert poise.

Riley Breckenridge is an exceptional drummer: something worth focusing on alone, as his contributions are consistently of a superb standard. He delivers more unorthodox, jazzier moments like in Words in the Water as well as he does the straight-ahead sections like in the �Trail of Dead-like Listen Through Me. Breckenridge, whose brother Eddie plays bass here, has reached an impressive level of technical ability without overdoing anything, without dominating the mix to the detriment of the whole. The punchy rhythms that run all the way through Cataracts are just another testament to the man's incredible skills.

If there's a vague criticism to be directed at Major/Minor, it's that it could be perceived as one-paced by some. There aren't any real ballads to be found, nor is there anything too fast, either; there's nothing exceptionally heavy, but nor is there anything too lightweight. The relaxed yet powerful vibe that permeates, however, is constant and comfortable. This is the sound of a band hitting their stride and just running with all of their strengths on show - and there can be no complaints about that.

--Raziq Rauf

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dismantle. Repair. on 22 Sep 2011
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Thrice have proven themselves time and time again to be one of the most diverse bands in history of music and this album does not disappoint. This is not hyperbole. Back in 2002 Thrice released Illusion of Safety which was a milestone for 'post-hardcore/punk' bands everywhere. This was followed up by Artist in the Ambulance which is probably my favourite album ever, it was very heavy and extremely energetic. The next album Vheissu took on a new direction becoming more melodic, with some incredible songs. The next album(s) Alchemy Index are an amazing piece of art in themselves. They were really diverse having all sorts of genres from electronic to folk to hardcore on them. As a complete reaction to this Beggars was released. This was extremely raw and sounded just like 4 people jamming. The result was a fantastic album which got better on every listen. The new album Major/Minor follows on where Beggars left off. From a musical point of view Major/Minor is fascinating, it's unpredictable and very exciting. A lot of the time Major chords will slot in to places where the listener would expect a minor chord which makes for an intense listen. The lyrics are also phenomenal, it makes a difference from pop music to hear meaningful lyrics that look deep into life. Like Beggars Major/Minor gets better with every listen. I would encourage you to listen at least 3/4 times before coming to a conclusion. For any existing fans be aware that Thrice have progressed beyond the days of Illusion of Safety. I should also mention that the drumming by Riley is amazing, this album has really allowed him to show off his more technical side of drumming.

Stand out songs include...

'Yellow Belly'
'Call it in the air'

I hope you enjoy Major/Minor and Thrice as much as I do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chaywa on 16 Oct 2011
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Whilst not the sonic revolution that many expect from Thrice on the release of a new album, Major/Minor is consistently brilliant from start to finish, with a beautiful spectrum of music and tales from the pen of Mr Dustin Kensrue, the lead singer of the band. From the explosive opening of Yellow Belly through to the haunting closure of Disarmed, the band takes you through an audible tour-de-force of emotion, spiritual belief and social commentary without preaching - a fine line to tread, but one which Thrice have tread so well over the last decade.

I'm not going to comment on all tracks, but the pacing on the album is nigh perfect, particularly between the eclectic Cataracts (Track 4) to the dream-like Words In The Water (Track 8) with Anthology (Track 10) proving to be a real stand out track, charting the history and evolution of the band over the last decade perfectly.

To all Thrice fans over the years and those just starting with the band, Major/Minor is a quality record (certainly one of the stand-outs of the year) that will keep you hooked for many listens. It's beauty seeps from every note, beat and word into a record that you owe to your ears to listen to.
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Lacking time to write a proper review: this is by far my favourite Thrice record. Just when I thought these guys reached their artistic peak I got a record where there are no fillers, just killers. Awesome music, great lyrics..
Now I can say out loud:
totally underrated band.

One of my favourite records of the year.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
New wine. 21 Sep 2011
By D. Curry - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You're going to inevitably read reviews that go something like "Why doesn't Thrice go back to their thrash metal ways?"

The answer is that they have already conquered that mountain. Their music is like wine -- it gets better with time, and nobody puts new wine into old wineskins...

So please don't listen to any reviews that focus on what Thrice isn't, or used to be. This review is about Major/Minor, but I will say that there are moments that hark back to Vheissu (Treading Paper has a movement that really reminds me of Of Dust and Nations) and Beggars (the organic feel of Beggars continues in Major/Minor, but things are a bit more polished with M/m).

This is incredibly mature songwriting, both lyrically and musically. Kensrue's lyrics are poetic and profound. The music, written collaboratively, must have been written with the lyrics in mind, because the combination of music and word is seamless. Each song seems to be a study in contrasts, which makes the title Major/Minor very fitting. My favorite contrast is explored most explicitly in Words in the Water.

Personal favorites (so far): Blinded, Treading Paper, Words in the Water, Blur, Call It in the Air.

You don't need to be a Thrice fan to like this. You just have to like good music.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An amazing band that continues to deliver time and time again 14 Sep 2011
By A. Napier - Published on
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This band seems to be able to change their sound, and do it well, every single album. This quality is very rare in a band, and says loads about their talent. Major/Minor delivers such a wide array of rock from start to finish, and its quite entrancing. Don't expect to hear any synth on this record, just raw guitar greatness. Dustin's vocals are absolutely incredible, and the band as a whole has done a fantastic job with this one. Check out "Treading Paper", "Listen Through Me" and "Disarmed".
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Just what you would expect from Thrice 20 Sep 2011
By Garrett Redd - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Thrice fan, you know what I'm about to say.....I know you've come to expect greatness.

I said it in my last Thrice review for the Album "Beggars", it is a real pleasure to watch these guys grow from album to album. The fact of the matter is Thrice has knocked it out of the park with "Major/Minor". The intensity of this album both lyrically and musically is unmatched in their catalog thus far. That is saying alot, I know, but after the first spin of the album I just felt like something different is happening hear....EVERYTHING WORKS.

I first noticed it with Dustin's vocal delivery. Know Dustin has always been a powerful singer, and no stranger to releasing emotion, however on this album the honesty and connection to the material is just masterful, he means every single word he says and sings. You can't argue that.

Next, THE GUITARS, where do I start, well, they take it to the next level, sound spectacular, and never let it up.

The 1st time I fully disgested Thrice's album Vheissu back in 2005/2006, I thought to myself, okay this is their masterpiece how can they possibly keep this up in the years to come. Well they certainly have from album to album in the years since, and come dangerously close to topping Vheissu here with Minor/Major. But, I dont want to get into comparing the albums, they are seperate projects anyway, and this one is GREAT in it's own way.

Powerhouse performances from all envolved. Good Job Thrice. Again.
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Thrice continues to amaze 23 Sep 2011
By Glavinwife - Published on
Format: Vinyl
Like "Beggars", I had to give Major/Minor a couple of playthroughs to really form an opinion on it - mainly because both albums have been drastically different from their earlier work (which is what I was a fan of initially). I can see how it would turn some of their fan base off, since there aren't any "heavy" songs on Major/Minor, but true fans of Thrice know that the band is devoted to constantly exploring, pushing, and destroying their boundaries.

Better reviews than mine have covered the musicality of the album, but what really blew me away was the songwriting. Some of the lyrics are incredibly brave, especially the track "Listen Through Me". And, as usual, when I really listen to (not just hear) what Kensrue is saying, it's absolutely breathtaking.

Thrice has yet to disappoint (except for not coming anywhere near my city for their current tour this year).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
EPIC!!! 22 Sep 2011
By DMINFINITY - Published on
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Major / Minor is another example of the sheer Awesomeness that is Thrice! Although I have been a huge fan from their first EP, "First Impressions",I have to say Major / Minor is top notch! From Dustin and Teppie's amazing harmonies, to Eddie and Riley's perfect synchronization. This album is definitely a track 1 - 11 adventure. My personal favorite is "Words in the Water". I will say with "Any" Thrice album you pick up, you will not be disappointed. Major / Minor is a definite must for every household.
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