Sound — 9
Thursday seems to be the band that either you love or hate. Sonically Thursday has been a mix of introspective, politically driven lryics with a post-hardcore meets emo sound. Sonically, A City by The Light Divided finds Thursday with a more ambient textured/layered sound. It's not overly produce but somethings some songs flow together really well and sometimes they dont (and it becomes increasingly heard to hear the vocals). A City By The Light Divided Shows a more mature Thursday and something that is quite possiblely better then break through album Full Collapse.
Lyrics — 10
They lyrics on a City by the light divided has gone back to the introspective and super personal style that many fans of thursday have come to love. The lryics in most of the songs definitely compliements the overall arrangement. Just check out tracks like "The Other Side Of The Crash" or "Running From The Rain" Now unto Geoff himself vocally he hits notes like no other and he has done what few singers have done lately, and that is have a unique sound that is different from the current trends in music! Vocally this is definitely not Geoff's best performance (that honor in my opinion belongs to Full Collapse) but that doesnt mean it's his worse! I think War All The Tme presented us with some Geoff's best lyrics and I think A City By The Light Divided has come close to matching the same intense emotions captured in the lyrics, while not repeating themselves.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall I was highly suprised by this album! I must admit that I didnt have high expections for this album, but my expectations were clearly blown away 30 minutes into this album! I think This is definitely a step up from War All The Time and in my opinion a step two steps up from Full Collapse. The Musicianship on this album is something that is impressive in its own right. I think Musically this is Thursdays most complex album. Songs That stood out to me upon my 1st venture into this album were "The Other Side Of The Crash," "Counting 5-4-3-2-1," "Running From The Rain," "The Lovesong Writer" and "Telegraph Avenue Kiss." What I love about this album also is Thursday has definitely changed there sound while not alienating the listener. It is more dynamic and textured then War All The Time, Full Collapse or Waiting! The only thing I hate about this album while trying to expand upon there sound some songs vocally are drowned out by the rest of the band (which sucks). If this album were lost of stolen I would buy it again and if I ever found the person who stole it I would force them to listen to "nu" Limp Bizkit until while watching a Ashlee simpson performance cruel? Yes but hey I love this album and I think this is an album that could very well be the best rock record of the year! unlike a lot of bands this year Thursday has definitely topped themselves and proved the hype for this record was well justified!