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As mentioned in other reviews, the vocals on this disc are brilliant. Conor Deasy adopts an admirable accent (I can't tell he's from Dublin), and sings to his (and hopefully your) heart's content. His voice reminds me most of Jason Lytle, the lead singer of a great California band you might know called Grandaddy. After that, I can see the previous comparisons to Neil Young et al.
Now, as for the CD as a whole, it's a treat! If you've heard The Shins, Beachwood Sparks, Beulah, The Beach Boys, Grandaddy, Apples in Stereo, or just about any of the E6 Collective bands, and enjoyed their albums, you'll totally dig this disc. Or, if you already enjoy The Thrills, make sure you check out some of, no, all of those bands. So Much For the City is a laid-back Sunday evening on the beach, without being as sad and bluesy as Young's On the Beach. It's a cuddly, energetic puppy without that tint of insanity Wilson brings out in Pet Sounds. It's a darn good album!
In the opening "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" the harmonies kick in on the first "far" and you are lost, swept away on a wave of melody and passion that keeps up throughout the album. This is a record that reminds you of why you devoted yourself to rock'n'roll in the first place. After forty years of listening, a sound can still emerge to captivate your soul, swell your heart and put a smile on your face all day long. The Thrills show you that music does still matter.
It's an album that sparkles and shines under a summer sun, capturing the subtlety of a soft evening breeze, the easy laziness caught perfectly in Conor Deasy's languid, beguiling request to "don't change a thing" in "Deckchairs and Cigarettes". You keep returning to the unique sound of Deasy's vocals, somehow timeless and indescribable, and always absolutely perfect for the song. It's a rare feat on a debut album to achieve such a depth of sound, and producer Tony Hoffer must get credit for leading such a new band through the recording process so effectively.
The songs are gems, echoing the band's experience of both Dublin and California, without ever becoming a pale imitation of either. "One Horse Town" has a chorus that has you singing along from the first listen, "Old Friends, New Lovers" starts like a James Bond outtake before unwinding into a heartbreaking chorus, while "Your Love Is Like Las Vegas" contains the truly wonderful put down, "Your love is like a city I visited...I could only afford one weekend".Read more ›
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Very good delivery, on time & great music. My 1st smart phone, i apologize for not being " fast" at the phone.
Five men make up the Thrills; although two women appear on the cover, they don't appear to contribute to the music. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Peter Durward Harris
Excellent folk-rock album!!!!
Pay special attention to the tracks "Say it ain't so" and "Til the tide creeps in"!
The thrills are one of mt fave bands, and this debut album is their best.
just what i was looking for and shipped in time for the holiday. thank youPublished on January 22, 2008 by michelle
Take anything by the Beach Boys and filter through anything by The High Llamas and this is what you will get. Read morePublished on December 15, 2006 by R. Herriott
Imagine for a moment if Wilco hailed from Ireland and harbored a fixation with California sunshine pop. Sounds intriguing, huh? Trust me, it's not. Read morePublished on July 17, 2006 by James F. Colobus
Like so many albums these days, this one is front-loaded, with the better and more completely-produced songs at the beginning and the degree of finish tapering off as you go. Read morePublished on May 1, 2006 by Jim Molnar
We're living in lucky times. This kind of sunny day pop had no outlet just a few years ago. Thank god the music business seems to be growing up a bit. Read morePublished on December 9, 2005 by Cat Marigold
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