Major / Minor
Label: Vagrant Records
Thrice's intent is obvious from the rhythm section's opening thump-n-roll. The band has created one of them albums that's all about "back to basics." In the case of Major/Minor, this means brittle math-rock grooves underpinning wiry guitar riffage and a litany of impassioned howls. There are hooks and choruses for sure, but rarely do they break free from the ensemble's highly charged syncopation and point-counterpoint interplay. At a time when so many bands have devolved into bloated Radiohead wannabes, it's nice to hear one dedicated to rhythm, which is what rock 'n' roll is all about.