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Flashback Review: Full Collapse by Thursday (2001)

There is no such thing as whole

The American post-hardcore band known simply as Thursday first came onto the scene in 1997.

thursdayfullcollapseWith their roots in the legendary New Brunswick basement scene, Thursday released their debut album, Waiting, in 1999. This is the only album of theirs featuring the band’s original guitarist, Bill Henderson. After Henderson left in 2000, the lineup took on its current incarnation, being Geoff Rickly (lead vocals), Tom Keeley (lead guitar, backing vocals), Steve Pedulla (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Tim Payne (bass guitar), Andrew Everding (keyboards, backing vocals), and Tucker Rule (drums).

While they had been active in the scene for many years, Tuesday really rose to popularity with the release of their second album, Full Collapse, garnering them quite a bit of success. The album dropped April 10, 2001 with their new label, Victory Records.

Full Collapse opens on a short ambient track titled “A0001.” The mellow guitar and soft, subdued vocals act as a portal for listeners to ease in to the rest of the album. Relaxed and hypnotic by nature, it also seems to serve as a device to evoke a sense of false security before the sudden, intense opening of the next song.

“Understanding in a Car Crash” comes in with a bang, jolting anyone listening awake with a loud, high-energy beat, and a melodic guitar part. Things mellow out just a bit while Rickly’s vocals roll in, clear and full of passion. The lyrics are amazingly crafted, vivid, and emotional:

“Splintered piece of glass falls, in the seat, gets caught
These broken windows, open locks, reminders of the youth we lost
In trying so hard to look away from you
We followed white lines to the sunset
I crash my car everyday the same way”

The detailed description of a car wreck is used as a parallel to what not only seems to be an unhealthy relationship, but one that’s caught in a loop.

“A Hole in the World” is a darkly captivating song about the overcast of darkness that’s present throughout life. The song goes so far to state that “there is no such thing as whole,” and that instead “there is a hole in the world.” This representation to the feeling of incompleteness many feel is heart wrenchingly relatable, and the solemn melody only nails that point even harder.

“Paris in Flames” is just as the image its title conjures. Rhythmic, powerful guitar meets a head-banging beat and some rather violent imagery. A city of love goes down in flames, and with it whatever love once was. This is not a mutual breakup song. This is something to rage to while letting out all the pent up emotions.

The album ends with a short track called “1100.” Much like “A0001,” this song is dreamy and calm, almost as if ending the intense experience that was Full Collapse in the same manner it began.

This album is a lot of fun, but its main selling point has to be the sheer poeticism of its lyrics. It’s hard to find such well-crafted songs that flow so naturally, but Thursday really delivers from start to finish with this one.

Rating: 4/5

Stream: Full Collapse by Thursday

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