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Famous for their high-energy live shows and relentless touring schedule, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) have really focused their efforts on crafting an album with tighter song structures, and the results are stunning. The album, releasing via Warp on April 30, is titled THR!!!ER, and was produced by Jim Eno, the drummer from Spoon. Like many people, Jim was a fan of !!!'s live show, but he felt that they too often tried to capture these performances in the studio. Instead of trying to chase this feeling, Jim encouraged them to create a different type of excitement by using weirder sounds, inventing new dynamics within each song and introducing unexpected changes. They had this working flow that was a little rigid and I wanted to break them out of it, says Jim.

Of the album title, guitarist Mario Andreoni says, Over the course of many long van rides and post-coffee verbal riff sessions Thriller didn't merely come to represent the selling of a lot of records...it became synonymous with an artist(s) and/or genre(s) artistic high-water mark. INXS' Kick is the Australian Thriller...Alanis's Jagged Little Pill is the Canadian Thriller...Wham's Make It Big is the blow-dryer's Thriller...every recording by the 13th Floor Elevators is the dosed-man's Thriller...Sister Ray by Velvet Underground is the Thriller of musical fever dreams. One day at the studio, Nic [Offer, vocalist] drew THR!!!ER on a napkin and I liked it...then we made our THR!!!ER.

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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00B7Z3UD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is the best album of this year, period.
Paul Allaer
It's unabashedly fun, and it's definitely an album where you rock your head in the car until you realize that you're driving at 100MPH.
Johnny Goodnow
My favorite track is "Californiyeah," which is built around a booming bass line and layers of percussion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Besio on May 3, 2013
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This is my favorite live band. I see them everytime they come to the west coast. Their songs are infectious, so when they come out with new music it is oh so exciting! This album did not disappoint. It has brings the dancy, disco, psychedelic groove that certainly defines !!!. It is reminiscent of all of their prior albums, but infuses all of their incarnations into this one disc. The new vocals are great, curios to see who they'll trot out on tour. Well done boys!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By christopher on May 3, 2013
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In a funk? Want some tunes to cheer you up? Need a reason to shake that booty? Thr!!!er by !!!
All i'm sayin is this is perhaps the best headphones album i've heard. scrambled brains thumpin
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By Another Someone on January 17, 2015
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Yes, this was a real letdown. I kind of wonder if its Jim Eno's fault as producer. I say this because if you listen to the early live versions of these songs they have a lot more energy. Like Youtube search for live at the "Echoplex One Boy" and it sounds so much better than the studio version. I don't know why they changed guitar to a bring out a distracting cheezy tone.(it was better off lower and understated) While the intent of having a female singer duet for the song was a cool idea, the style singer they chose just doesn't work well. (singer suggested by Eno) While Nic's not bad in studio version here, his style was certainly better in the original version.

Look up Pitchforks early youtube "chk chk chk "Byron"" video featuring what would be renamed "Even When the Water's Cold". So much more energy in the song. Studio version for some reason has some random girl vocals in the studio thrown in that just doesn't work. Why are we female chorusing what the male character is supposed to be saying in the girl's head? In the Pitchfork interview you can hear them saying they were getting to their roots and the album sounded real promising. Even later performances of this song I've seen are just so lacking in energy vs the early live version.

In the same video you only hear a snippet of Californiyeah in the beginning of the Pitchfork video but it sounds a lot more exciting compared to what they actually ended up doing with the song. It is kind of barebones and boring now. You just start to fall asleep through it. Bring out the excitement of California!!! Some Myth Takes style swells could have really got this track going. Ain't that right?
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By Ross Jenkins on June 5, 2014
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It took me 8 years or so to 'get' this band, then I saw them live, touring on this album...infectious...
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It's hard to believe but !!! as a band has been going at it for about 15 years now. This is the band's 5th studio album (and the first one since 2010's "Strange Weather, Isn't It?").

"Thr!!!er" (9 tracks; 40 min.) starts with "Even When the Water's Cold", with one of the great opening lines of a album in a long time ("Friends told her she's better off/At the bottom of a river/Than in bed with him", ha!). The next track "Get That Rhythm Right" opens with a rhythm guitar lick that screams LCD Soundsystem (the same for "Except Death", towards the end of the album). At this point the groove is established and this album is a non-stop dancing party. "One Girl/One Boy" recalls the stomping and sly funk sounds from the late 70s/early 80s (think Chic). "Fine Fine Fine" sounds like a 1980s new wave/New Romantic tune, and it works great. "Slyd" is another irresistable stomper, this time a mostly instrumental. Track 8, "Careful", is for me the best track on the album, starting with a phat groove supplemented by a Spanish guitar, and eventually leading to an amazing instrumental outro that reminds me of Kraftwerk, circa "Man Machine", no kidding. The closing track "Station (Meet Me At The)" is an almost rock-sounding tune, and, frankly, a bit out of place with the rest of the album, but no matter.

This is one fantastic album! There really isn't a single weak sone on it, and every time I play this, it makes me feel happy. I've seen !!! only once in concert, back in 2008 at the Langerado Festival in South Florida, when they were touring in support of "Myth Takes". I can only hope they will take to the road in a massive way for "Thr!!!er". This album is the best album of this year, period. "Thr!!!er" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pukklepopper on May 15, 2013
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This is good album, not too far away from the last in terms of sound. I never really realized how I missed the bass and funky side of their music. Well worth a listen for !!! fans.
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By jane herrig on December 25, 2014
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even better!
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