Sound — 8
From the very start of For the Workforce Drowning, you know you have spent your money well. Anyone who downloads Thursday and doesn't buy the album I have a problem with. The whole atmosphere of the album is truly awe inspiring and literally breathtaking. They take the whole heavy metal machine up a peg from full collapse, but have maintained a very continuous style, reminiscent of bands like Cursive. The unique style that is virtually uncopyable, demands attention, and although it doesn't surpass it predecessor it is certainly by no means worse.
Lyrics — 10
Thursday have got to be the best band in hard rock lyrically on the planet. Their sentences are truly inspired and poet. They don't try to be clever, they just are, and their lyrics do truly rhyme and make sense. Although the whole aura of their songs create lyrically to emphasise a point, they are not reduced to phycho babble and disgruntled political messages that is clear in bands such as Million Dead. A line on the song, "For the workforce drowning", "please take there hands, throw them in the river, wash away the things they never held" really jamms their message home and the whole album, although entitled "War all the Time" doesn't pander a cliched theme of anti-america, but really keeps their songs more personal. After hearing the album, i truly believe that "they stole the love from our lives and put the sex on the radio".
Overall Impression — 10
The album is nothing short of stunning, and so far Thursday have made an excellent and consistent pair of albums. They reinforce the comforting thought that the band is more personal than political and i am very happy that they have kept with this motif. The album is fantastic, I defy anyone of sound mind not to liten intently and afterwards still have air in their lungs.