Thursday - Waiting
Thursday's first ever LP Waiting brings listeners back to where it all began: a fed up bunch of kids, led by Geoff Rickley, playing music about their crippling town and the trauma within it. Waiting epitomizes the aspects which brought Thursday to their current success, namely, the almost tangible passion within their sound. The unequivocally passionate vocals on this album is its focal point; shrilling screams clash with Geoff's sentimental and unadorned voice, which ranges from harmonious, almost childlike vocals to bitter and callused shouts, shown especially in the highly emotional "Dying in New Brunswick." Everything on Waiting sounds so fresh and full of energy; it avoids over-production, which their later, more poppy/radio-friendly albums (A City by the Light Divided) fell into. On Waiting they said what they wanted to say, played what they wanted to play, and created a youthful gem that blossomed with their later momumentally successful release, Full Collapse. If you want to see where Thursday became Thursday, hear poignant and powerful music, and own a piece of musical inspiration that many bands today emulate: buy Waiting. It's highly recommended.
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