Geoff Rickly is relatively calm considering that several demos of his bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s hard work were stolen and leaked over the Internet. Thursday is known for their support of the spread of music via file-sharing, but warn that the album versions â€šÃ„Ãºhave all changed substantially.â€šÃ„Ã¹ One canâ€šÃ„Ã´t blame Thursday fans for anticipating A City By The Light Divided, the continued diary of personal songs documenting life from high school in New Jersey to the present.Upon pressing play, â€šÃ„ÃºThe Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (of Control)â€šÃ„Ã¹ immediately alludes back to â€šÃ„ÃºUnderstanding in a Car Crashâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from their second album, Full Collapse. This musical memorial jostles into a passionate forty-six minute world of angst and sorrow offset by driving instrumentals and Ricklyâ€šÃ„Ã´s unique, slightly panicked vocals. â€šÃ„ÃºCounting 5-4-3-2-1″ and â€šÃ„ÃºRunning From the Rainâ€šÃ„Ã¹ enfold the story of another young lost friend, this time a result of a train accident and the reaction of those who survived. A City By The Light Divided continues to progress through the stages of grief from bittersweet â€šÃ„ÃºSugar in the Sacramentâ€šÃ„Ã¹ questioning God in times of hardship, to the almost operatic acceptance of death in â€šÃ„ÃºWe Will Overcome.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Rickly even delves into their own near death experience in â€šÃ„ÃºAt This Velocity,â€šÃ„Ã¹ revealing a stream of what may be his last thoughts as Thursdayâ€šÃ„Ã´s plane on tour to Australia nearly crashed.
A raw, dark, and empowering album, A City By The Light Divided perfectly captures emotions through poetic lyrics and intricate songwriting. The final track, â€šÃ„ÃºAutumn Leaves Revisitedâ€šÃ„Ã¹ ties up the album by saying, â€šÃ„Ãºthe leaves will fall and so will you/ when you do, bury me under them too/
seconds pass; we’ll make it through/ eventually we all go home.â€šÃ„Ã¹