is the fourth studio album by Thrice
Thrice is an American rock band from Irvine, California, formed in 1998. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school....
. It was released on October 17, 2005 by Island Records
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and peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200
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chart. The album was released in two separate versions, including a limited edition version containing a booklet detailing the creation process of each track.
The album is characterized by many critics as being a rather experimental
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deviation from Thrice's post-hardcore
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roots, with the implementation of elements such as piano melodies ("For Miles"), electronica
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("Red Sky"), folk Japanese music-box undertones ("Music Box" - The melody comes from the song Sakura Sakura) and chain gang
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chant choruses ("The Earth Will Shake"). UK producer Steve Osborne
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, whose past credits include many Brit-pop hits, was sought by Thrice to gain a new perspective on the songwriting process, enabling the band to expand their musical influences and produce a different album.
The title of the album comes from Thomas Pynchon
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's novel V.
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. Lead singer Dustin Kensrue
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read the book and introduced the other band members to it, eventually using it as a central theme of the album.
The album artwork was created by author Dave Eggers
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and artist Brian McMullen. Eggers has said that he had not done freelance design in years, but after meeting the band and reading the lyrics he was happy to be involved in the project.
Prior to the album release date, a four-part series of podcast
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s discussing the making of the album was released by the band, giving previews of each track and how it was recorded.
The morse code
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at the beginning of "Image of the Invisible" spells out the album's title.
Track Listing and Personnel
- "Image of the Invisible" – 4:14
- "Between the End and Where We Lie" – 3:56
- "The Earth Will Shake" – 4:29
- "Atlantic" – 4:02
- "For Miles" – 4:27
- "Hold Fast Hope" – 4:01
- "Music Box" – 4:46
- "Like Moths to Flame" – 4:26
- "Of Dust and Nations" – 4:50
- "Stand and Feel Your Worth" – 5:52
- "Red Sky" – 4:17
- "Flags of Dawn" (Japanese bonus track) – 3:39
- "Weight of Glory" (Japanese bonus track) – 4:24