Monday, November 3, 2008

Underrated Classic - Thursday "War All the Time"

You may look at this post and say it is too recent of a record to call a classic, let alone an overlooked classic. If anything War All the Time is one of those albums that has been given to us and needs to be discussed now more than ever.
The release of New Jersey's Thursday third record, but first major label, was met with very mixed reviews and much struggle. Thursday nearly broke up recording this record and then after a successful tour with Thrice and Coheed and Cambria, they went on hiatus. Unlike its predecessor Full Collapse, the record that gained the band national attention, War All the Time was a much more musical and melodic record. The title reflects both current times and the struggles we face at everyday life. Opening with the rip roaring "For the Workforce," the welcoming Thursday gave to fans was just a straight punch to the face. Not holding back, the record does move the listener unlike anything any Thursday fan was used to. Songs such as "Steps Ascending," "This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb," and "M.Shepard," showed the bands poetic side but not soft side, considering the topics of war, religion and sexuality were heavy in idea. War All the Time will open a listeners mind and in a time of change here in the U.S. it is one to start spinning again.