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With artful power-pop-punk ballads, this hyper-intense trio explodes with a fury..the legitimacy of The Thermals is uncompromised. - (W.T. Wallace) -- Amplifier
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The Body, the Blood, the Machine is not an album that grabs you from the get go, but once it gets its hooks into you, you'll be coming back to it over and over.
It's true, the lyrics have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but then this music isn't meant to be subtle. It's a hard rockin', do-it-yourself indie masterpiece. Listeners of Rush Limbaugh stay away, the Thermals have just dropped an a-bomb of an album.
You really have to buy the CD or find a source for the lyrics. You know something is up when you see a picture of Jesus on the cover with clouds, machine parts, and the earth in the background. The spirit of the album is essentially the search for meaning while in a mechanistic, military, and materialist culture.
Here is the song cycle:
1. here's your future -- Addresses the essential question of what is a just god and can we trust god to do more than make us fear.
2. I might need you to kill -- Addresses the same issues as The Clash's Clampdown -- the way institutional religion and economic structures dehumanize the individual and force us to lose our humane values.
3. An ear for baby -- Is the inner fear that we all will feel when we are dictated to or controlled -- very similar feel to the opening scene of Apple's original Super Bowl ad for the McIntosh -- but without the positive resolution.
4. a pillar of salt -- musically this is my favorite song. In the Bible Lot's wife was turned to a pillar of salt for her sins. Lyrically it an incredible assault on the idea of god as separate from the human realm and the nature of sin is caused simply by our being human. You can almost feel his baby slipping away and turning to salt.
5. returning to the fold -- Is about the fear of not being "saved" and the ambiguity we all feel about our inner being and its relationship to the senses.Read more ›
And there are many other superlative tracks (really there isn't a weak song here) allowing one the freedom to choose the three of four tracks that speak most powerfully to them, out of the 7 or 8 excellent songs on the album. Power Doesn't Run on Nothing is the dark, caustic heart of the album. From when The Beat first rolls over one minute and half in, until Hutch tells us its not fair and we don't care a little over a minute later; that has to be the purest minute and a half of rock produced in a long time.
I still enjoy the first two Thermals albums, and might have enjoyed them more if there been a bigger gap before discovering this album. It feels structured, lyrically dense, and complete in a way the earlier albums can't touch. One can't help but feel that `Body, Blood and Machine' sounds exactly like the band wanted it to sound. As good a rock album as our new century has seen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album. Super catchy songs and great lyrics. I highly recommend getting this, particularly if you are someone who comes from a religious background but finds religion,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by travis pierce
I love the Thermals in general. The music on this record is great, as is usual for them. I don't have a problem with a person who doesn't believe in God or Jesus. I really don't. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Justin T. Lamb
Totally Rockin' Album. I love this album. If I'm having a rough one, this album gives me the chance to turn my day around. For real.Published 19 months ago by JohnnyJay
One of those albums where three chords, uniquely satisfying and thirst-quenching lyrics, grow old by the middle of the album. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Shnozwanger
If you like the thermals and haven't heard this album yet you are in for a treat. This is definitely my favorite album by them! Energetic, good musicianship, excellent lyrics. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by T. Loftin
I stopped listening to Punk Rock years ago. I still like it, but as you can imagine I've fallen behind when it comes to what the new great punk bands are. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Jose
There are many reviews posted already that describe why this is such a great record...so I won't go into too much detail. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by CooterMarie
Isn't there something great about bands that play guitars?
Sometimes I think not. Sometimes I just listen to hip-hop. Read more
A stunning album and a real surprise. The first two Thermals albums - especially "More Parts Per Million" - were both great, but the maturity of the songwriting on this album goes... Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Happy Harry