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Thrice – Beggars

This album is great. The music is an excellent balance of heavy and light. great melodies and hooks. and dynamic, honest lyrics.
Here an sample of the lyrics:

‘All the World Is Mad’

We are saints made of plaster, our laughter is canned
We are demons that hide in the mirror
But the blood on our hands
Paints a picture exceedingly clear

We are brimming with cumbersome, murderous greed
And malevolence deep and profound.
We do unspeakable deeds
Does our wickedness know any bounds?

Something’s gone terribly wrong
With everyone
All the world is mad
Darkness brings terrible things
The sun is gone
What vanity! Our sad, wretched fires

       Beggars

All you great men of power, you who boast of your feats –
Politicians and entrepreneurs.
Can you safeguard your breath in the night while you sleep?
Keep your heart beating steady and sure?
As you lie in your bed, does the thought haunt your head
That you’re really, rather small?
If there’s one thing I know in this life: we are beggars all.

All you champions of science and rulers of men,
Can you summon the sun from its sleep?
Does the earth seek your counsel on how fast to spin?
Can you shut up the gates of the deep?
Don’t you know that all things hang, as if by a string,
O’er the darkness – poised to fall?
If there’s one thing I know in this life: we are beggars all.


Excerpt from Alternative Press magazine:

Let’s cut to the chase: Beggars, the seventh album from Thrice,is the textbook example of the term “creative milestone.” For all oftheir previous dalliances in everything from air-punching riffage tocalculus-laden time signatures to ambient atmospheres (each avenueadmittedly having its own fluctuating shelf life), the quartet havecrafted 10 songs that are compelling and honest. For the purposes ofthis review, “honest” is defined as a result of personal chemistry, asopposed to the laying out of a contrived hodgepodge of influences laidout to illustrate some kind of self-absorbed musicianship or extremecleverness. (These days, their 2000 debut, Identity Crisis,seems positively quaint.) Over the years, fans have learned exactly howfast the band can play, how loud their amps can go and how wickedlythey can shred. With Beggars, listeners can witness fourkindred spirits listening to each other, guided by a mutual respect andintuition that can only be developed through years of playing together.

Read the full interview here.

An mp3 of Thrice‘s cover of the Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” has been made available online

      1. here
.The song is one of the five downloadable bonus tracks available as a free download with purchase of “Beggars“.

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