This is how new work should be released. A beautiful folded cover, a nice slab of metallic silver/black vinyl, complete with CD version incorporated seamlessly into the packaging to boot, instead of this downloadable mp3-ness (though that is a nice touch from labels not willing to put the effort/resources into such a gorgeous package as this).
When it comes right down to it, though, we buy this stuff for the music, right?
I'm happy to report that, finally, after two mediocre albums, Thursday is kicking ass again.
And the Envy tunes are enough to convert anyone into a fan, if you've never heard them before.
This feels simultaneously comfortable in the sense of "the music I expect to hear from these bands," yet new. It's undeniably Thursday & Envy - but it also feels like a step ahead for both of them.
One listen, and I love it. That's not common for me.