CD review THRICE ‘Palms’

(8/10) ‘Palms’ is Thrice’s second album in the new era of the band. After a start with hard and harsh sounds and a shift towards alternative rock, the band went on a hiatus in 2012. The return to the scene in 2015 led to a new longplayer, entitled ‘To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere’.

Two years after the comeback album hit the stores it is ‘Palms’ that continues the journey. As with the predecessor also the new album showcases a band that lasers in on the rock component. Electronic elements are still present but are pushed to the back and the only purpose is of adding them is to contribute rather than shining on its own.

The new album doesn’t go back to the early days and the raw sounds of the beginning phase. It’s more that band cruises around in alternative rock and post-rock in a pretty good way. There are the bigger soundscape moments like ‘Everything Belongs’, which are balanced by terrific tunes like ‘The Grey’ and ‘A Branch in the River’. ‘Hold up a Light’ makes thing even heavier and belongs to the best songs on the album before the more soulful ‘Blood on Blood’ acts as a counterpart to the previous track.

After having listened to the album a few times I got the impression that ‘Palms’ is a kind of compilation of most of the musical twists Thrice went through over the past 19 years. All in all ‘Palms’ contains an excellent mix of rocking tunes and emotional passages with calmer and more reflecting moments. Thrice newest album left a good impression with me since it contains good music and comes with a good flow.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Only Us
  2. The Grey
  3. The Dark
  4. Just Breathe
  5. Everything Belongs
  6. My Soul
  7. A Branch in the River
  8. Hold Up a Light
  9. Blood on Blood
  10. Beyond the Pines

 

Label: Epitaph Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: September 14th, 2018

 

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