I knew before even reviewing or hearing this CD that it wasn't going to be as heavy, let alone, as "metal" as the vast majority of CDs/EPs reviewed on this site, but I am glad I took the CD nonetheless. Thursday's A City By The Light Divided delivers what every Thursday fan wants: an awesome CD. The CD begins with "The Other Side Of The Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)" and starts the CD off right with the much-loved heavy-to-soft Thursday feel. I want to give credit to bassist Tim Payne on this song, because without him, the interludes of this song wouldn't be as awesome as they are without the defiant bass. Cheers mate.
Moving on, the radio hit "Counting 5-4-3-2-1" starts off reminding me of good ol' 8th grade when I first heard "Understanding in a Car Crash" from Thursday's Full Collapse. At first, I didn't want to like the song because I had heard it so many times, but even still, it grew on me like AIDS and I realized I loved it (not like AIDS of course). The song gives the slow tempo a very chaotic feel near the last third of the song which is what makes the song so great.
"Sugar In The Sacrament" slowly moves in with a quiet start, catchy beats, and tons of vocal style, which then moves into a double-bass pedal punch keeping the slower feel of the song dominant. Thursday continues this trend only to move into a "loud noise frenzy" adding a head-banging feel with screams from vocalist Geoff Rickly.
Then, without notice, Thursday does what they do best: hurt your face with screams and loud music. "At This Velocity" is probably my favorite song on the CD due to the previous statement. Rickly's vocals get me every time. His scream has a dry yet full tone to it and the music only compliments the beauty of Thursday's epic sound. This song makes the CD.
Thursday next takes a different direction with "We Will Overcome" taking a page out of their previous albums adding a feel of both into one song making the entire thing hard to stop listening to. "Arc-Lamps, Signal Flares, A Shower Of White (The Light)" is an interlude that seems almost too simple to be an actual song, yet it feels almost needed. If omitted from the CD, it would be like the following song, "Running From The Rain" came out of nowhere with its quiet, Yeah Yeahs-ish intro and its slow and wavy choruses and verses.
An odd and scary feel of deja-vu comes into mind upon hearing the beginning of "Telegraph Avenue Kiss". The deja-vu being from Full Collapse's "I Am the Killer," but is cut short when the song begins its techo-esqu journey into being an excellent song.
When listening to "The Lovesong Writer" I always get a sensation of Christmas and AFI. The song begins with a sound that reminds me of Home Alone for some reason, but then progresses into one of the better songs on the CD, giving a completely amazing epic sound along side of kick-ass lyrics and incredible effects on top of it all.
"Into The Blinding Light" breaks out of the dreary feeling left by the previous song by smashing into your ears with that great, heavy Thursday sound heard earlier in the CD. To finish up the CD, "Autumn Leaves Revisited" begins with near-silence, only to tease the listener into a very heavy song, only to go soft and make a damn fine song out of everything while leading up to the heavier chorus. And the song continues progressing down to quiet, back to heavy and ending on some reverb-ed lyrics, ending the CD in a great way.
Overall, this CD is a soundtrack for any overcast/rainy day and I f*cking love it. I can't say anything more than that.
The Other Side Of The Crash/Over And Out (Of Control)
Sugar In The Sacrament
At This Velocity
We Will Overcome
Arc-Lamps, Signal Flares, A Shower Of White (The Light)
Running From The Rain
Telegraph Avenue Kiss
The Lovesong Writer
Into The Blinding Light
Autumn Leaves Revisited