11. Thursday, 'Full Collapse' (2001)
"Full Collapse was a record that changed the course and shape of my life," said Thursday singer Geoff Rickly. "We began touring for it in basements and VFW halls, continued, opening for bands like the Murder City Devils and Rival Schools and ended up as a full-time touring band meeting hundreds of thousands of people with whom we formed deep and lasting connections." As grotesque as it was wildly popular, Thursday's 2001 breakout would precipitate a new, radio-friendly era of post-hardcore. Disarming from the moment the snares kick in, "Understanding in a Car Crash" sees frontman Geoff Rickly tiptoe the line between fearing mortality and surrendering to complete existential resignation. His uniquely piercing voice cuts through the sludge-y, pulsating morass of noise of "Cross Out the Eyes" and "Autobiography of a Nation"; then subsides under the sentimental glow of "Standing on the Edge of Summer," depicting a love both mighty and fragile. S.E.