Thursday - Waiting (Cover Artwork)


Thursday: WaitingWaiting (1998)
Eyeball Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: layawayplanPaul Ferraro
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A funny thing happened to me while I was waiting to see one of my favourite bands (Boy Sets Fire). One of the opening bands blew mind. No, it wasn't Rise Against, they were entertaining and energetic, but nothing really special. Neither was it Movielife, who I found average at best. Instead, it wa.
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A funny thing happened to me while I was waiting to see one of my favourite bands (Boy Sets Fire). One of the opening bands blew mind. No, it wasn't Rise Against, they were entertaining and energetic, but nothing really special. Neither was it Movielife, who I found average at best. Instead, it was one of the newest additions to the Victory roster, Thursday.

Mind you, I didn't come to the show completely unprepared. As I do before most show I plan to attend, I did some research on the openers, in order to enjoy the show. Long story short, I really enjoyed the free songs posted on the Victory website. I went to the show with high expectations, which were indeed fulfilled. However, as I ambled to the merch table to buy a copy of Full Collapse (which I had read good reviews about), I found that, much to my dismay, they didn't have it. I settled on the consolation prize, Waiting.

The first time through the CD, I was left a little disappointed. The emotion and passion from the live show was there, but the music wasn't quite there. Some of the melodies seem ill-concieved, leaving me scratching my head, and a bit depressed. Lead singer Geoff doesn't seem to have fully developed the vocal talent he displays on Full Collapse. The amazing screamed backup vocals (the first thing about Thursday to catch my attention) are there, but again, aren't as good as they could be.

If you ask me, the band made some curious choices when it came to ordering the tracks. For one thing, why is an instrumental called "Introduction" the fourth track? Sure, it serves as an introduction to "Streaks in the Sky", my personal favourite from the CD, but that's just odd... Also, "Porcelain" isn't a very good song to open the album. The opener sets the tone for the album. "Porcelain" is a depressing, downer of a song.

Finally, the last thing that bugs me about this CD, is there's not enough music for it to be considered an album. Sure, it's 33 minutes long, but only 9 tracks. Even then, track 4 and 5 are really the same song, and track 9 is more of a spoken word, leaving us a total of....7 songs. Maybe I'm being too picky, but had this been released and sold as an EP, I would have been more satisfied.

Now that I've finished cutting this CD to pieces, I should say that some of the music is pretty good. This young band shows a lot of promise, and you can see just why Victory picked them up. I'd recommend going for Full Collapse first, then if you can't get enough Thursday, hunt this down.


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renaldo69 (March 20, 2015)

Perfect record for a band that simply is one of a kind

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

what fucking idiot did this review... this is my favorite Thursday album out of all three, i dont know why it just is... better than War All The Time & Full Collapse, and who cares if the production on this one isnt too great, that's one of things that makes me like it more

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

Aren't they on a major now??? Therefore they aren't an indie band and they are with the corps.

Anonymous (March 27, 2002)

this was thursdays first album so it was much more raw than full collapse. its one of my favorite cds, being thursday is my favorite band. i saw them perform songs off this album before the last one came out 2 summers ago at the wayne firehouse. dying in new branswick and this side of brightness are songs that blow my mind every time i hear them. and for everyone calling them sell outs because they are on mtv2. we should be happy for them.. they rocked out two years ago with 30 people at teh show and they rock out to sell out shows now.. they are big the right way, by touring and having a loyal fan base.. mtv is not gonna control their future.. they are an indie band.. not corp fucks.. and im not saying im best freinds with the band but ive met everyone in the band and had quality conversations with them and they arent about that..

Anonymous (July 27, 2001)

if you want comparisons, i say they sound like a heavy get up kids. needless to say it's not all that great- fathead

Anonymous (July 26, 2001)

the review wasnt bad and im not trying to be some dickhead punk whiner but this doesnt make me want to run out and buy the album you reviewed the songs but what the hell does the band sound like, any comparisons,anything?????

Anarchy_Adam (July 25, 2001)

I really liked the album. The full collapse was better, but that just goes to show what can happen when a band "Evolves" in a good way.

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