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The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV: Air & Earth [edit]
by Thrice | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: April 15, 2008
 

The second half of The Alchemy Index, Air & Earth, released on April 15, 2008. Songs 1-6 are from Vol III: Air and songs 7-12 are from Vol. IV: Earth.

The first half, The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II: Fire & Water, was released on October 16, 2007.

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01. Broken Lungs
02. The Sky Is Falling
03. A Song For Milly Michaelson
04. Daedalus
05. As The Crow Flies
06. Silver Wings
07. Moving Mountains
08. Digging My Own Grave
09. The Earth Isn't Humming
10. The Lion And The Wolf
11. Come All You Weary
12. Child Of Dust

Entry last edited by CCMSingles on 03.03.16

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AIR AND EARTH COMPLETE THE SET | Posted September 29, 2008
Concept records are by nature a tricky business—requiring a subject matter vast and challenging enough to get the creative juices flowing, and yet something that lends itself to manageable musical interpretation. By focusing on the four essential elements in The Alchemy Index (Vols. I & II dealt with Fire and Water), post-modern rockers Thrice have sought to match their musical approach to that which they want to explore.

Thus, Fire rocked with ferocious intensity, and Water bubbled with digital fluidity. Here, in the two EP length six-song discs that finish the series, Thrice lets Air float and drift on lofty melodies, while Earth takes a darker, wooden acoustic turn. But concepts can bind as much as inspire, and Vol. IV especially lacks the higher energy level and intensity that worked to give the previous sets a greater weight.

In Air, lyricist singer Dustin Kensrue continues to grasp at spiritual concepts while grappling with the current fixation on terror. “Broken Lungs” chronicles the debilitating illness that follow World Trade Center workers in the aftermath of 9/11, while “The Sky Is Falling,” a musical high point, reveals the struggle to not be ruled by one’s fears. “Daedalus” addresses the Icarus story from Greek mythology and the dangers of flying too close to the sun.

The folky blues leanings of Earth sound the closest to Kensrue’s solo record and faith witness, Please Come Home. “Moving Mountains” rewrites 1 Corinthians 13 as a confession that, “I don’t know the first thing about love.” “Come All You Weary” finds the singer offering the invitation of Jesus to those burdened and hungry to a welcome table of friendly communion. “Digging My Own Grave” and “Child of Dust” are drawn to the final resting place of our bodies, while our souls long to be set free. –Brian Quincy Newcomb

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Utterly amazing | Posted April 24, 2008
This is by far the best cd i've heard this year. Thrice is quickly becoming my favorite band and with albums like this who wouldn't like them. Every song is amazing, but my favorites are Daedalus, Digging My Own Grave, and The Lion and the Wolf.

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