Thriving Ivory - Through Yourself & Back Again

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Alternative Rock
Wind-up Records
Thriving Ivory
Through Yourself & Back Again
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With the hit single "Angels on the Moon" from their debut self-titled, it seemed that Thriving Ivory had made a name for themselves. Bus as personal and emotional as it was, it is bested by this long-awaited sophomore effort, Through Yourself & Back Again. From the tour bus to the studio, the band has worked non-stop on this new release, and their hard work shines through every song. With a sound that is both uplifting and serious, the album is full of hope, heartbreak, and boasts better production and instrumentation.

The opening track "Love Alone" greets the listener with a warm and exciting piano rhythm and an equally warm synth to fill the empty spaces, immediately dazzling the listener with a deep atmospheric feel. The next tracks quickly asserts the mood of the album, and that mood comes into prominence by the third track. Despite the elevating music, there's a stark contrast found in the lyrics to most of the album. There are some exceptions (the track "On Your Side", for example), but most of the album takes the hopeless romantic route, evident even in some of the track titles.

The trick lies in making music that can convey a personal and honest message, while not compromising the production of a well-rounded album. Though Scott Jason (the keyboard player and main songwriter) has written a lot about pain of heartache, personal tragedies, and some bleak perspectives on life, the music doesn't reflect that. Rather contrary, the upbeat and larger-than-life synth/piano ballads takes some of the edge off and makes hearing the story enjoyable. There are times to mourn and times to dance, and for Thriving Ivory, it seemed appropriate to make their sophomore effort one that listeners could nod their heads to. And hope glimmers throughout the album to emphasize the positive vibe heard in the music. Tracks like "Where We Belong" contrast the theme of "Come November"; where the latter speaks of one leaving, the former speaks of a couple leaving together: "So hold on we got our wings and we're chasing the wind / Farewell to all the places that we have been"

At just over 40 minutes, the album is not one that drags. For most albums, that is crucial to their replay factor. The fact that the album is more or less a journey out of the dark emotive spirits makes it one that can relate to listeners. It also has a refreshing variety to it, which is yet another reason why Through Yourself & Back Again is successful as an album that takes a step in the right direction. 

1. Love Alone
2. On Your Side
3. Some Kind of Home
4. Where We Belong
5. While the Candle Still Burns
6. Moonlight
7. Cobwebs
8. Run
9. Motorcade (So Long, So Long)
10. Come November

Thriving Ivory derives its creative energy from great rock predecessors such as Queen, Guns’n’Roses, U2 and Elton John. At the same time, they maintain a modern rock edge lending them accessibility to fans of acts like Coldplay, Gavin DeGraw and Maroon 5.

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