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Founded in 2009 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Thank You Scientist is a seven-headed rock ensemble from New Jersey. Their debut record, The Perils of Time Travel, was released in January 2011. The music can be best described as progressive rock mixed with jazz and fusion. Not an uncommon trait especially under the crossover banner.They are from New Jersey and have been playing successful live shows to eager audiences for some time now. The abovementioned EP release consists of five tracks and has been warmly received.

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4.00 | 198 ratings
Maps of Non-Existent Places
2012
4.13 | 257 ratings
Stranger Heads Prevail
2016
3.97 | 272 ratings
Terraformer
2019

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3.41 | 56 ratings
The Perils of Time Travel
2011
4.65 | 28 ratings
Plague Accommodations
2021

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 The Perils of Time Travel by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.41 | 56 ratings

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The Perils of Time Travel
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

4 stars A release that I didn't even know existed! The Perils of Time Travel is the 2011 debut EP of Crossover Prog maestros Thank You Scientist. One thing that was answered for me is that now, since the start, Salvatore Marrano (vocals) and Tom Monda (guitar) are the core members. It's a tried and true relationship, given their consistent (and consistently good) output since 2012 (again, I didn't know this EP was out there until today).

And what an opening statement this seems to be from the get-go! The EP opens with "Grin". Very familiarly them, the musicianship is on point, it's Hook Central, it's got funk and spunk and a great beat, and it's a greater collective of performers than "the norm". This song also features specifically violin front and center, which is certainly something I love in any Prog subgenre (including Fusion). There's something apparently Eastern in the feel and tone.

More straight-ahead, but with jazzy affectations is "Abandonship" [Oh! I see what you did there!]. Pretty good melodies and some interesting sort of start-stop rhythms throughout. The bass "solo" and the popping drums in the final moments of the song are quite nice. Interesting stuff looking back like this. I feel though that this really is that time period clearly on display.

Up next is the very cool, perhaps East-Euro-influenced "Leave Your Light On". Jazzy and peculiar sort of vibe. I like. Keyboards are light (like a Rhodes) and the track has a great, bouncing beat. Somewhat quietly progressive compared to their material to come (at least the majority is fairly straight), but a phenomenal song nonetheless. Especially in the fourth minute with this beautiful, virtuosic solo from Monda. Wowza! Soaring and all over the fretboard.

Then it's the tongue-in-cheek named "Make Like a Tree (Get Out)". And this features (what I thought was) some really cool mallet percussion (on the front and backend), but I feel like this song is basically more intricate, fully realized/orchestrated Alternative Rock (again, very of the time). Prog comes out a bit (though that Coheed comparison specifically can be made here) by minute 2. Great beat on this one and just a well-constructed song. And then this ending is just sweeeet. Awesome use of reeds over a quirky beat.

Finally, we have "Gemini", which once again feels like a more explicit Coheed and Cambria callback. Great rhythm(s), one of Marrano's strongest, though sweetest vocal performances of the whole. And all of the instrumental layers are really working on this one. And the rhythmic complexity throughout is really ear- catching to me. A lot more metal influence in here, but then with stuff like the delicious sax solo around minute 4 there's this jazzy thing ever present. They really do a great job of melding all of their influences together into a fairly unique and modern take. Best song on the album, I think, and a helluva closer to more than a solid debut release.

 Plague Accommodations by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
4.65 | 28 ratings

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Plague Accommodations
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by DangHeck

5 stars Exciting to have yet another release from the (I think) excellent Thank You Scientist (and I'll take just an EP), and exciting to come to a release that has been so well received here (a weighted 4.55/5.00 average from 24 ratings when I got here). Spoiler: it's much deserved (I was debating hard on the weight of the last track, to be honest, though). Their fifth release overall and their second EP (the first being their debut release from a whole decade before!), this is Plague Accommodations. Freaky-deaky title matched perfectly with spooky-kabuki cover art.

No time is wasted with our opener, "Gigglebutton" (I lol'd at that title, by the way), a barrage of trumpet and guitar over fun and funky everything else! Great track. And then it's juxtaposed by the almost sultry and undeniably cool "Creature Comfort". The occasionally contentious Claudio-esque vocals of Salvatore Marrano (never knew his name) are prominently featured here. I like him. He's certainly very talented. Again, this is a cool track. Nice melodic hooks and just excellent musicianship that we know them to bring. And the blazing sax solo.... yeeeeeesh... Wild.

Into our second half, next we have "Soul Diver". This is bright and upbeat, like a weird mix of vidja games and ska(?) in the intro. Then this verse is just lovely and the underlying bass and the sharp drumming... It's awesome. Heavy, but not brutal. There is that consistent tie I feel to Coheed that they've had throughout their career that is certainly present here. I felt I had to turn this one up (maybe it was a little too quiet in mixing, but this is a good thing: I wanted to hear what the hell was going on here). Around minute 2 there is just this crazy attack from all sides. The melody is infectious and, again, it's just so upbeat, through and through. A real head-bopper. Around minute 4 there's this sick breakdown, not losing a beat, with a wicked performance from the drummer and then... this dive-bombing solo from the sax once more. And it's all over the place... I want to understand haha. And then is that a guitar solo? I'm trying to keep up. Very impressed. Great jorb, guys. Seriously.

Finally, we have the title track, "Plague Accommodations". This main melody is just alright, but they do know how to keep your attention, just as always anyhow. Mmmmm! This chorus(?) is awesome though! Hell yeah! "Another stitch has come undone." With that line there is this disgustingly dope rhythmic shift and this continues on in like different colors and shades and... Wow. Before minute 3, all falls away except for the underlying backbeat making way for the guitar solo. Tasteful and metallic here. Such a talent [Side note: I looked outside and this guy with this epic gut who's illegally parked across the street just took his shirt off haha.]. I don't even know where that weak melody from the start even went! Everything is on fire after, say, that first minute. We have another, more traditional breakdown and the horns are explicitly on fire. Someone call 911. Super horny (me too?). Excellent, excellent. At least check out this one.

Well done, gois. Keep it comin'.

True Rate: 4.5/5.0

 Maps of Non-Existent Places by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 198 ratings

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Maps of Non-Existent Places
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars So after a break, I am feeling rejuvenated to review again. So, Thank You Scientist, this is a band I never actually heard before listening to this album, but the name did Interest me, plus the album cover looked really cool, so I was very interested from the start. So I decided to listen to it and see what this cool new album was all about. After all, with an album cover like that, you kinda have to see what the album is all about.

That album starts with a prelude. Nothing too crazy, but the harmonized voices bring a sense of beauty and chills. This reminds me of those harmonies from Moon Safari, specifically Constant Bloom. Still nothing too special but I feel like this perfectly leads into the album in a nice and smooth direction.

Next track is A Salesman's Guide To Non-Existence. This punches you right in the face with some awesome guitar and horn playing. This song wastes little time to get you hooked for some awesome music. This album has a good blending of jazzy musical works and more punkish sorta metal music. It reminds me a lot with bands like Protest The Hero, The Mars Volta, and Coheed and Cambria, especially the vocals of Salvatore Marrano. Everything just flows so well to where it never feels too forced or hyperbolizing a certain aspect of their similar yet distinct sound. It's honestly quite amazing from the get-go.

The next track is Feed The Horses. This track is similar to the last, however it goes for a more horn driven and more creepy sound. Kinda reminds me of Filistata by Stolen Babies. While it is different, it does retain the same quality of the last track, and adds its own flair to make it feel refreshing. I also think I hear a bit of Gentle Giant, which is always appreciated.

After that, we got Blood On The Radio. This continues the trends laid out by the last 2 songs, and makes them even more bouncy, progressive, and bountiful with some awesome experimentation with some eclectic instrumentation, while keeping true with the ideas that were set out beforehand. What I love is that this track knows when to really change gears to where everything feels fresh every minute and every second. It also never overstays its welcome, being only 9 minutes in length. That's really what I love about this album, the songs are short enough to get through but long enough for them to last, and this track excels at this. The horn on this song is by far the best though, it's jazzy, it's smooth, it's cool, and I feel like it fits insanely well with the harder rock sound.

Next track is Absentee. This track is considerably a bit slower in tempo, but way more exciting in feel and grandiose sounds. It utilizes its slower tempo to create a beautiful sound, still keeping the already iconic sound, but utilizing those ideas and instrumentations to create a more beautiful and elegant, almost symphonic feel through the song, and I absolutely adore it. Sounds like a song you'd hear in your head when you're determined to fight or win in a tactical battle. It's super awesome.

The next song is Suspicious Waveforms. This song is the only one from the band that I'd say is more jazz than rock, especially with the lack of vocals and the lack of any really hard rock elements aside maybe near the end point really. This song is definitely different from the rest, but I feel like it fits pretty snuggly with all these songs. However this is probably the least best song on this album. It's not bad, far from it, I just feel it is sort of lacking with the lack of vocals, and I love instrumental stuff, but I feel like this song deserves some sort of vocal performance, even if it's like for only a minute in the song.

The song after that is Carnival, and honestly I really do enjoy this song a ton, super cool and upbeat, likewise from this band's sorta style. However I think this kinda shows the underlying issue with this album. All the songs are extremely good, yet they feel a bit samey in sound. Not too much to get under my skin, but I would appreciate it if they decided to go more eclectic and experimented more. Heck the last 2, minus one song, Concrete Swan Dive and My Famed Disappearing Act, kinda also feel the same from the stuff we experienced. While I do love this sound, it's definitely one I want more out of than the same sorta sounds that came to pass with the previous songs.

Now, that song that wasn't mentioned with the previous paragraph is In The Company of Worms, and that's because while small, they did try out a bit more of a middle eastern sorta sound at the start, and honestly this is what I want more out of the band. Mixing styles with their already unique blending of jazz and hard rock to create something completely new and refreshing, and this is honestly my favorite song on the album because of what it tried to do, even when it was for a few seconds.

So I think this album is honestly really great. Super awesome in sound and performance, and it definitely feels like a love letter to bands in a sorta similar style while also trying to be their own thing. However it does suffer a bit from songs having a similar sound from one another, a great sound, but definitely one I wanted more out of. Other than that, this is great and one I'd definitely recommend checking out.

 Plague Accommodations by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
4.65 | 28 ratings

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Plague Accommodations
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by Grumpyprogfan

5 stars In my opinion, Thank You Scientist, are one of the best modern prog bands. Their music is a fusion of heavy rock, jazz, soul, R&B, and metal. It definitely takes an open mind to appreciate because this is not background music. There is a lot going on and it demands your complete attention with zero distractions. There are so many subtle nuances that will pass you by if you don't focus. It also should be played loud, preferably on a system with speakers, not buds, that aren't made of plastic. For the vinyl fans, there is an etched copy available. Etched vinyl has music on one side and an etched design with no music on the other side.

"Plague Accommodations" is the bands fifth release (second EP) and is distributed on the bands newly created - Flying Jangus Records. Clocking in a bit over twenty minutes there is not a wasted second. Superb songs, musicianship, and humor that this band has in abundance. It begins with "Gigglebutton" an instrumental fusion number that sounds different from anything they have done before. Great groove and the brass section get a workout. Unfortunately, the song ends too quickly at 1:55. Next up is "Creature Comfort" that begins softly then slowly morphs into that unique sound that only TYS have. No other band could pull this off. Love the brass arrangement that begins at 3:05. Catchy chorus and the sax solo kills. Off into jazz-metal territory. "Soul Diver" has some very energetic drumming with some very fast double bass sections, the violin solo is awesome and reminds me of something Ponty would play. Finally, the intricate bass/drum/violin riffs are off the chart and the song fades with a cool syncopated rhythm that ends with layered A Capella vocals. The last song, "Plague Accommodations" is another upbeat ditty with an off-kilter time signature. Love the effects Tom uses on his guitar and the jazzy break with the fierce guitar solo rips my head off! Of special notes, the rhythm section is so spot on and tight that it's scary, and Salvatore's voice, as always, fits the music perfectly.

This is definitely one of my top five for 2021, but unfortunately since it was released without much promotion, I think this will go unnoticed. 4.5 stars. Great EP.

 Terraformer by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.97 | 272 ratings

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Terraformer
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by FatherChristmas

5 stars I was thinking about doing a long and thorough review on this album. That was the first sign I hadn't listened to this recently. Well, I just have, and I've realised that if I do what I call a "thorough" review, I'll be here writing it until next Sunday.

This is because Thank You Scientist, being Thank You Scientist, expanded on their older work and made one of the most eclectic and musically varied albums ever. An album so eclectic and musically varied it would take ages to describe and judge properly. An album, nevertheless, that has helped shape new/modern prog. But I'll get on. 

It contains jazz fusion with "Wrinkle" and "Shatner's Lament", it expands on funk with "Son of a Serpent", it adds a bit of metal with "Swarm" and "Terraformer", and classic prog with "Everyday Ghosts" (I say "classic prog"... not really classic, just prog - and odd, experimental prog at that). Thank You Scientist are more imaginative than ever on this album - there's nothing like it.

Or is there? Well, they're certainly not the only band that's "imaginative". Another band whose music I was reviewing recently, Pyramid Theorem, has a similar use of fusing prog, new experimental methods and, in their case, metal. This, of course, does not mean they are similar bands and part of some new sub-genre - in fact, they're nothing like each other, Pyramid Theorem is progressive metal and Thank You Scientist is jazz-experimental-fuelled crossover prog - but this does not alter the fact that when a band of prog metalheads is using similar methods as a band of prog "what on earth is this?"s... something like a new wave of prog is coming, is what I'm driving at.

Anyway, back to this album - nothing like has been seen before this day and age, even though other bands in this day and age are coming close. And, on that note, before I start waffling on and on forever, I reach my conclusion.

It's got normal prog, jazz and funk influences, a hint of metal, a general experimental approach - surely anything you'd ever want in a prog album. Therefore, five stars. Expanding on that, I give my two requirements for a five star album:

1. The songs must all be excellent.

2. It must work brilliantly as an album.

Every song is good - or failing that, excellent. "FXMLDR", in my opinion the best track, meets, I think, the requirements for a classic - an amazing song, I will say no more. As for the second requirement... The tracks couldn't have been arranged better, but after a while it does give you a bit of a headache. That, however, does not prevent it from being a masterpiece, and since PA says a masterpiece must be five stars, I'll let them off there.

So... five stars. I expect to hear even better on their next attempt, though! Maybe six stars!

Next time, I think I'll review something easier - Wish You Were Here, maybe. Or Permanent Waves.

 Stranger Heads Prevail by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.13 | 257 ratings

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Stranger Heads Prevail
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by ssmarcus

5 stars Thank You Scientist have pushed progressive metal into previously uncharted territory. By forgoing the standard keyboardist accessory piece and swapping in a violinist and several wind instrumentalists, Thank You Scientist bring ska-punk, jazz fusion, and jam band sensibilities to a genre that has been historically resistant to those elements. While the band's first record 'Maps of Non-existent Places' could be considered something of a classic, 'Stranger Heads' brings more varied and experimental song writing to the fore thus resulting in one of the most colorful listening experiences you will ever encounter. Thanks to the success of their most recent 2019 release 'Terraformer', Thank You Scientist is poised to become one of the powerhouse prog acts of the next decade.
 Terraformer by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.97 | 272 ratings

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Terraformer
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by guiservidoni

5 stars

I've been listening to Terraformer for a couple of months religiously every week, trying to come up with a consistent reason why my inner snob tells me this is a five-star album. This is my attempt of explaining it.

This album has been received by critics as a great album, albeit overly technical and lacking some of the emotion present on Maps of Non-Existent Places and, especially, Stranger Heads Prevail. However, here's the thing: Thank You Scientist, at least from my point of view, is by itself an overly technical band from the beginning, seeing the amount of things happening at the same time on any song of theirs (even on interludes), given the amount of members of the band. However, on this album, the duration amplifies that effect.

While listening to any Thank You Scientist album, my brain very easily fades their music into the background because I believe it gets tired of trying to understand all of the things happening at once. If this happens to me while trying effectively to focus, I imagine how easily most people tap out on a casual listening, and that can give the impression of technical wankery. For that, it's a good thing that I persisted on listening to it for quite some time before reviewing it, because this is an album that starts with a bombastic impression (aka Wrinkle), becomes an average album after 2-3 listens, and then starts growing back on you, to the point where you feel like putting it on repeat without feeling the need to pull your hair off anymore. Much like Yes' Tales From Topographic Oceans or any Ayreon's cheesy Opera.

I believe the band knows that this is a hard listen, and therefore interludes and breather songs are more in place than on the two previous records, such as the beginning of Birdwatching and New Moon. As it's noticeable, these breathers become longer as the album advances, as you're probably becoming mentally more tired as it progresses.

If you don't lose faith too quickly on Terraformer, moments like Anchor's bridge, or Terraformer (the song) victory-like character really begin shining through, and the impression of over-technicality begins to fade. This is not easy, and definitely does not take less than 10 listens, I'd say. But, once you're able to really appreciate the work that is done here, you might as well believe this is a five-star masterpiece, topping all previous records.

 Terraformer by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.97 | 272 ratings

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Terraformer
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars My primary complaint with Thank You Scientist's debut effort, the 29-minute The Perils of Time Travel (2011), was the lackluster material, although I also didn't think much of what I viewed as their conventional, latter-day AOR approach. Terraformer is their third album since then, and things have improved. I'm not a prog-metal fan, and prog-metal fans, for all I know, might not consider Terraformer to be metal, but to me, that's the fairest characterization. Anyway, Thank You Scientist seems to have settled on a more interesting style, and one that's probably more unique. The strengths of The Perils of Time Travel - - the singing, for example, and the overall sound quality - - remain, and the compositions are noticeably better. In particular, the melodies are stronger and the lyrics are cleverer.

But I have a new complaint: at an hour and 24 minutes in duration, Terraformer is way too long. There's a good 35 minutes of material here, but that's the length of just one of the two discs. Maybe I can illustrate my point with "FXMLDR." This eight-minute track isn't simply a two-minute ditty repeated four times. It has distinct movements which benefit from a bit of extra time to develop. But by the 4:22 mark, we've already heard each verse and refrain element at least twice, and the following two minutes are taken by interesting-enough prog jamming that nevertheless conflicts, in my view anyway, with an otherwise accessible song. Since the final two minutes or so is a good encapsulation of the foregoing six - - including the vocal sections - - it seems clear that Thank You Scientist is capable of being concise. Most of the other longer songs on Terraformer strike me as just that - - longer than they need to be.

There are some enjoyable King Crimson references across the album, from the 1970s KC sax/trumpet section on the album-opening "Wrinkle" through the introduction of "Terraformer," the last song on the second disc, which reminds me of Discipline-era Crimson. And is it just me, or does singer Salvatore Marrano do a decent Michael Jackson imitation, especially on "FXMLDR?"

In short: the good news is that Terraformer is a good thirty or forty minutes of neo-prog/prog-metal from an oddly-named New Jersey outfit. The bad news is that the album is more than twice that long.

 Terraformer by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.97 | 272 ratings

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Terraformer
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by rooteen

5 stars I'd like to preface this review by saying that this is more of a fusion band/album than crossover, but there are so many genres that make an appearance that it's hard to call this album just fusion. If you've ever wanted to hear an album that has so many genres represented, this is where you should start

This septet (comprised of bass, drums, guitar, viola, sax, trumpet, and vocals) is fresh and bends the definition of genres like I've never heard. Seriously, give this album (or either of their other two masterful albums) and tell me that you can't hear a million genres, such as folk, flamenco, jazz, Eastern music, or just prog. This album is more balanced than their previous releases, giving more room to breathe between the sheer bombast presented by many of the tracks. (Think of this as "Frances the Mute" (The Mars Volta) and "Stranger Heads Prevail" as "Deloused in the Comatorium".) My only complaint with this album is that it is a bit on the long side, but if you have 84 minutes to sit down and listen to music, you won't regret listening to this.

 Terraformer by THANK YOU SCIENTIST album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.97 | 272 ratings

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Terraformer
Thank You Scientist Crossover Prog

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars The new Thank You Scientist album is something that I've been looking forward to ever since it had first been announced, as along with The Tea Club and The Dear Hunter, have consistently released some of my absolute favourite modern prog. Of these, Thank You Scientist is the one that still had not quite made an album in which I could call incredible, but still displayed a lot of potential. With an intriguing core sound that fuses the frenetic, technically amazing prog style of The Mars Volta with pop sensibilities and a lot of jazzier elements, I already loved how the band sounded, especially when factoring in how tightly played everything is despite the 7 member lineup. Their debut album showed off the incredible talent that the band had, but missed the mark with some of the songs sounding too clinical and having no sense of restraint, while their followup refined the songwriting immensely, but left the album containing some extremely dull tracks that didn't really go anywhere special, this album, Terraformer, manages to take the best elements of the previous 2 albums, filling each song with countless catchy hooks and riffs, while also incorporating far more of the technical elements that made their debut such a compelling listen. To top everything off, Thank You Scientist has further refined their songwriting to create a set of much more subtle, nuanced songs, still filled with immense bombast and energy, but now everything sounds that bit more refined in execution.

Wrinkle immediately sets the stage with a layered, amazingly beautiful passage that evokes the calm math rock sound of bands such as Toe and Clever Girl, already proving the interplay between the variou elements of the band, before the real meat of the album comes in with FXMLDR. What immediately comes to attention is how much higher in the mix the bass is, being able to actually hear it now in more than just a few isolated sections. The steady groove that the chorus contains as it effortlessly shifts through countless melodies, consistently returning to this hook already shows the grasp on both the technical and catchy side of the band's core sound that is now possessed in even greater quantity. Swarm changes up the pace with a more rock oriented track with hyperactive riffs and a greater energy, especially during the soaring, powerful chorus, not only displaying some emotional impact, but Salvatore Marrano's great vocals, singing in a similar register to The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala, but instead of abrasively screaming, the vocals are really pleasant and melodious. Son of A Serpent is one of the groovier songs on the album, and is great at switching between fun and upbeat, and much more slow and pleasant sounding passages, complimented beautifully with the brass instrumentation, further being able to hit the balance between playful and impactful. This is also the first great example on the album of much more effective use of solos, acting as more than just padding to a song, but actively heightening the intended effect of it, creating a much more climatic tone to an already nuanced and dramatic song.

Birdwatching is a short, pleasant song that has a really smooth bass riff and a surprising breakcore element to it, nothing too much to say, but it's definitely a great song. Everyday Ghosts, despite being the longest song here, is also one of with some of most focus on vocals, keeping a steady pace for the first 5 minutes before breaking down into a wonderfully funky instrumental section and another solo that just heightens the fun to be had immensely. It isn't the best song on the album by any means, as it does lack some of the energy and catchiness that the best do have, but it definitely makes apt use of its entire length. Chromology is the obligatory instrumental track of the album, and follows a very similar structure to the ones from previous albums, essentially providing a platform for each band member to put their immense talent on full display. This is my favourite of them, despite Rube Goldberg Variations being great as well, mostly because not only does this one go through a multitude of different, awesome riffs, but also feels more fully realised and diverse, shifting between styles perfectly and never feeling as if it's going on for too long. Furthermore, despite the fact that this is an exercisein technicality, it still maintains the more important aspect of music at the same time, sounding interesting enough to actually want to bother listening all the way through, the insanely quick solos being balanced by driving bass grooves and tightly composed orchestral arrangements.

Geronimo is one of the most conventional tracks on the album, sounding far more like an energetic alternative rock song than prog. Despite this, it's also one of my favourite songs on the album, taking the emotional vocal performance and instrumentation of Swarm, but then heightened even more, with a slow buildup to the thunderously powerful chorus, each time after this initial appearance containing more elements, the final time then stripping back a number of them and presenting it in a very interesting way that utilises some mild djent elements with heavy use of staccato all across the board. The interplay between guitars and trumpets on Life Of Vermin is something that really stood out to me here, many heavier, louder riffs being complkmented by the high pitched squeals of the trumpet. This song also easily has my favourite moment on the album, that absolutely mind blowing trumpet solo that comes in out of seemingly nowhere and blows everything out of the water, paving the way for some of the most complex, insane soloing that the band has released up to this point, which is saying a lot considering moments like the violin solo in The Amateur Arsonist's Handbook. This instrumental section alone makes this one of my favourites by the band, with the other elements simply adding to this, such as the defeated tone of Salavtore in the chorus, and the gradually speeding up riff in the outro, each element coming together to further push the song into near perfection, serving as my favourite song of 2019 at this point in time.

The album just keeps giving with its final 3 tracks, Anchor being another clear highlight. While a less smoothly progressing song than Life Of Vermin, instead having a tendency to use much more sudden transitions, especially from between the softly sung, atmospheric verses and the much louder, more hard hitting chorus. There's a much darker tone to this song as well, despite the extremely clean sound that everything has, sounding like a continuation of Life Of Vermin in terms of tone. Once again, a guitar solo is what ties everything together, being a much rougher sounding instrumental section than any other on this album so far. New Moon, despite being merely 2 minutes long, is another clear highlight in this albums packed with highlights, having a strong oriental tinge to it and some of the most beautiful orchestration I've heard in the entire genre, no exaggeration. This transitions into the title track and closer. The riffs are easily at their most unconventional here, some are fast and distorted, while others are much sludgier, notes droning on for longer than one would expect, but never to the point in which it gets in the way of my enjoyment, instead providing unique characteristics to the song, which is an impressive feat to do this far in the album when it's been donw consistently. While this is one of the songs I've dissected the least, I do know that a big part of the reason is how much the hook blows everything else out of the water, being one of the catchiest in the band's discography, and leaving an amazing final impression on me, even more than the album already does.

To be honest, upon first listen, I was mildly disappointed, I could see the evolution in sound that the band had undertaken, using the best elements of their previous 2 albums and refining them to become greater than the sum of its parts, but I also felt that they had sacrificed music enjoyability to do so. This album was definitely a massive grower however, less sections were as immediately accessible and instead took time to deconstruct and analyse each layer of them, only then revealing the true greatness of what is presented. This is undoubtedly an album that requires at least a couple of active listens before the entirety of it becomes enjoyable, especially given its sizeable length. This is easily my favourite Thank You Scientist album, and it isn't just by a small margin. While it can occasionally feature a couple of slightly unmemorable passages of music, the vast majority of this is absolutely incredible. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the band will go now that they've more or less perfected their current sound, and this is shaping up to me my album of the year.

Best songs: Swarm, Geronimo, Life Of Vermin, Anchor, New Moon

Weakest songs: Everyday Ghosts (If I had to choose)

Verdict: Thank You Scientist's best album so far, a more subtle, nuanced effort than previous albums, yet still keeping their core style of The Mars Volta fused with pop fused with jazz and funk. This album definitely takes a few listens to get into and I could easily see people who hate the more excessive side of prog rock to find this a chore to get through, but I personally love this album.

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