Sound: Over the last few years, Thrice – and their frontman Dustin Kensrue as a solo artist – have been fearlessly expanding their capabilities. Progressive, melodic aggression, reflective, atmospheric rock and folky, country-flavored folk have been major components of their releases this decade and demonstrated possibilities far beyond their punk/hardcore roots. On Beggars they effectively shift back and forth between all of these recent developments in their sound.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “The Great Exchange”; “Doublespeak”; “Beggars”
Medium Rotation tracks: “All the World Is Mad”; “In Exile”; “The Weight”
Recommended: Though the stylistic shifts on Beggars can be a little jarring, this is their most accomplished, engaging and consistent album to date.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)