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|1. Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)|
|2. Big Sur|
|3. Don't Steal Our Sun|
|4. Deckchairs And Cigarettes|
|5. One Horse Town|
|6. Old Friends, New Lovers|
|7. Say It Ain't So|
|8. Hollywood Kids|
|9. Just Travelling Through|
|10. Your Love Is Like Las Vegas|
|11. 'Til The Tide Creeps In (Contains Hidden Track 'Plans')|
Thrills (irish) - So Much For The City - CD
Ever wondered what it would be like if Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan were the songwriters in Teenage Fanclub? It's not a common question, but it is one that now has an answer in the shape of The Thrills.
Given the number of American references that litter So Much For The City, it comes as something of a shock to find that the band actually hail from Dublin. That said, like all good hippies, they have packed up their bags and headed out to California for the duration, and it's the sound of the sunshine state that is the bedrock for the album.
Tight harmonies, breathy cool vocals, upbeat simple tunes, the occasional string section and steel guitar to add an extra dimension here and there... The Thrills have more than done their homework into San Francisco and Los Angeles music, drawing it all together in a retro sound that nods to the seventies but remains firmly implanted in today.
The three singles stand out on first listen as being the main tunes of choice, and it's easy to see why they were released. "Big Sur" and "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" are satisfying blends of surf pop and country that leave a smile on your face and a spring in your step, while "One Horse Town" has a desperate energy that is sometimes lacking elsewhere on the album.
As for the rest, the general country-boy-goes-to-pop-school sound does begin to grate after a while, particularly on the tracks where the songwriting quality takes a bit of a dip. There may be much praise for the grandeur and ceremony of "Old Friends, New Lovers" and the soft lullaby of "Just Travelling Through". But there is almost as much to criticise in the hilarious full-on cowboy stomp of "Say It Ain't So" (all it needs is ye-haa...), the dreary storytelling of "Hollywood Kids", and the mediocre attempt to up the tempo for "Don't Steal Our Sun".
So Much For The City is a competent and, at times, beautifully rendered album. For every time it blackens its name with a poorly chosen influence, it sparkles twice as bright with a pure piece of pop. The Thrills might not have completely captured the surf life of the American west coast, but the very fact that they're looking there for influences, rather than jumping on the clubs and pretensionsof New York bandwagon, with its east coast nonchalance, is to be applauded and encouraged. --Chris Long
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Such a great Album, Stunning in fact with the vocals & Music showing it a great masterpiece Indie/Alt Album. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brenton
the debut album which the band has never bettered....signs of The Beach Boys creep in from time to time which is not necessarily a bad thing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this CD in a fit of nostalgia and did not regret the decision. It's easy listening, relaxing Sunday music.Published 9 months ago by Ellie
every time i listen to this album I'm amazed again at how good it is
why they felt the need to force changes in their style is beyond me - why couldn't they just carry on... Read more
So love this album. Bought it when it first came out and listened to it constantly. it got a bit battered over the years and some is no longer listenable so i decided to buy a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Hutchinson
Although The Thrills haven't released any new material for at least five years, the band from Ireland shone very brightly during their four years as chart artists. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 10 July 2013 by Peter Durward Harris
The best summer album, just great songs - so good i've bought this album twice!Published on 2 Aug. 2010 by Mark