Excellent review Thomas, this record is fantastic. I agree with Jack that I love both this and Separation for different reasons, but everything on this record sounds more refined. I love the production, and I love that the songs feel either heavier than anything they've done yet or softer, with more singing. There are too many records this month and next to name this my AOTY for sure, but I have a pretty good feeling about it.
Mentioned this in a thread somewhere, but one thing I think is important to mention about this record - it doesn't 'replace' Separation for me in any way. I love both records, for different reasons.
The opposite is true of Thrice's final LPs. I really enjoyed Beggars - but when Major/Minor released, Beggars became...less. The latter record stayed within the world of the former, so much so that it almost made Beggars irrelevant to me (that's an exaggeration, but I certainly listen to it much less now).
Separation and The Things We Think We're Missing hit different notes for me. The earlier album is more raw and unrefined, while the new is more polished and explores the more bombastic sides of B&C. Both will continually receive regular plays, and I'm not sure I have a favorite between them.
Hopefully that made sense.
Not sure this is the right place for this....but I have to wholeheartedly disagree with you on the Thrice note. Beggars is an infinitely better put together and interesting album than Major/Minor. I think that Major/Minor actually made Beggars much more relevant.
I don't like this record really. It all runs together, even with Jon's voice at its best.
I also do not understand this sentiment at all:
While electronic music and radio pop find themselves embedded, fixed in the permanent present...rock and roll knows no hour. It’s as limitless and boundless as anything in this world can be, and The Things We Think We’re Missing illuminates that beautifully.
Other than that, the review was a good read and I understand the emotions you have about the record and how to write about it, even if I don't share them.
That most certainly sounds like Jeremy at the end; multiple fan blogs have the song listed as featuring him, and I admit I've assumed part of the appeal of doing a record release show together was for them to play the song together live. I only have a digital copy of the album thus far so I can't look at the album's liner notes to say for sure, so I'll assume you know more than me, but a good portion of the internet is under the impression that that's Jeremy screaming at the end there.
Also, Will Yip has done good work, i.e. Floral Green, Magnolia, the new Blacklisted stuff, but I can't forgive the latter half of Youth or how Feast of Love is so repetitive and devoid of the hooks that made love Pity Sex to begin with.
If you blame Will Yip for making those bands change their sounds then you have no idea what you are talking about. Both Citizen and Pity Sex have said that they made the albums they wanted to make with Will. He doesn't force bands to change their sounds and that's ridiculous to suggest.
Rock and roll music confronts struggle, life, death, love, loss, relationships of all types, situations real and imaginary. We listen and strongly relate to stories told through the eyes of characters we’ll never meet, filtered through the lens of someone’s mind which we’ll never fully understand. It’s a beautiful thing this music presents us with, the chance to explicitly escape reality while simultaneously being our best weapon to confront it.
I want to backtrack on the word "positive", its really the hyperbole bothers me. BUT, if hes only writing 6-8 reviews a year, why is he getting the "high profile" reviews? i know a lot of people (including myself) that want to hear this record, and these reviews are the ones going into metacritic and the like. so why isint a more experienced reviewer (like yourself) taking the lead on these? i get that hes passionate about what he writes, i wouldn't expect an unpaid contributor to write about crap he dosent want to listen to, but it seems strange that someone who takes only 6-8 reviews a year to write the only staff review about the most anticipated records of the year (including Generation). I get everyone has their biases (i dont think ill ever read a negative ETID review from drew, even if they did a faithful Katy Perry cover album) but some times it feels too much.
i love this site, been my #1 source for years, but when i see you guys in all the major review places, i just wish the reviews were taken more seriously.
EDIT: And how can you call TGG a N/A score? He would that record a 12 if he could of. Its my favorite album this year by far, but come on, i get when he did that with Ocean Avenue, but to do that for TGG is nonsense.
Haha, I promise that Thomas is a much more experienced reviewer than myself.
But if it's any consolation, I would have given this record the exact same score. It's an Album Of The Year contender for me, battling with Letlive and Bad Rabbits.