The Vancouver Province

Aug 14 2007
Tom Harrison, reviewer
The H.P. Lovecraft-obsessed Vancouver band unleashes another concept record, this one vaguely about a sea captain and mind control involving aliens and sea creatures. Where Lovecraft’s elegant writing can also be labyrinthine and opaque, this album is, by Thickets’ past standards, much simpler. If I didn’t buy into the previous albums it was because there was too much going on. The result wasn’t cohesive. Ambitious, maybe. By reverting to a more direct hard rock, the ideas are clearer and the impact more lasting. Refer to “No Way.” Their best album. B-