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  • Summary: The fifth album for the New Jersey rock band was produced by Dave Fridmann.

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Friends In The Armed Forces
There's a purple heart on the stars and stripes tonight It's pinned to the chest of the latest liar And if you try to speak your mind They tell you... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Common Existence is largely an enjoyable record that gives as much attention to mood and melody as muscle and might.
  2. Q Magazine
    Post-hardcore pioneers Thursday have responded to the end of their major-label adventure by producing their most consistent body of work to date. [Mar 2009, p.93]
  3. Alternative Press
    Common Existence cements Thursday as not only the forefathers of the scene, but also the reigning kings. [Mar 2009, p.102]
  4. Generally, though, its makers can count Common Existence a triumph.
  5. 70
    Rather than straining for pop sophistication, Fridmann simply brightens and focuses the band's darker, more obtuse corners.
  6. Thursday's Epitaph debut melds the band's hardcore influences with shoegaze and atmospheric elements, with mixed results.
  7. Filter
    The sense of movement is missing here, that raw immediacy that powered "Full Collapse's" better tracks; the howls and breakdowns feel almost like quota-meters. Still, though, there are enough feedback squalls and keyboard squelches in Dave Friedmann's production to suggest Thursday have yet to run their course. [Winter 2009, p.100]

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