Thursday - No Devolución
Released April 11, 2011 via Epitaph | Rating: 5/5 | By Jim Sharples
Having ploughed the post-hardcore furrow for many years, ‘No Devolución’ sees Thursday changing their sound quite drastically – and it’s massively for the better. Stepping away from the stop/start, quiet/loud dynamics of their previous work, ‘No Devolución’ instead sees the band creating an infinitely more textured effort. Opening duo ‘Fast To The End’ and ‘No Answers’ are awash with synthesiser sections, art rock fervour and shoegazer-influenced guitar workouts. Built around a trance-inducing drum pattern, ‘Sparks Against The Sun’ barrels its way to the forefront, steeped in pianos and eerie melodies, whereas ‘Past And Future Ruins’ is its polar opposite, slowly and achingly building into a heart-flayingly cathartic sonic workout for both listener and Rickly as a vocalist. Compelling doesn’t quite cover it.