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So Much For The City

So Much For The City

18 Feb 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 45:32
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  • ASIN: B001KNLDNE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,140 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shikha Sharma on 24 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
With this album, The Thrills have created an immediately likeable collection of effortless pop tunes. From the catchy opening track, Santa Cruz, you're carried away on a summer holiday as singer Conor Deasy croons about familiar American locations.
No doubt you've read in every other review about The Thrills that their sound pays homage to the era of West Coast and The Beach Boys and it works well for them in this breezy collection. The singles One Horse Town and Big Sur are a good indication of the other songs on the album so if you liked those, you're bound to love this. But at the same time, the more catchy, upbeat tunes are tempered by more melancholic sounding songs such as on the achingly beautiful Deckchairs and Cigarettes.
This is the perfect soundtrack to the summer with breezy, sunshiney tunes to lie back and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "robmelliot" on 16 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
A promising start for the catchy, if slightly repetitive, Irish group. This is definitely a summer album for the car journey to the beach or for the weekend barbecue. Having heard the addictive ‘Big Sur’ and ‘One Horse Town’, I was hoping that I would get more of the same from the album. And that’s exactly what I have got.
‘Don’t steal our sun’ and ‘Your love is like Las Vegas’ are among the better songs, but there is nothing exceptional on here. Then again, there aren’t any particularly bad ones either. Each ticks along at a leisurely pace without looking to do anything extravagant. The lyrics lack any real punch and Conor Deasy’s vocals rarely venture from his high-pitched comfort zone, which is a shame, since in ‘Deckchairs and Cigarettes’, his most resonant singing is evident when he drops an octave. On the plus side, thanks to his high vocals, harmonies, notably in the bonus track, work well.
The Thrills have certainly found a knack for writing songs that stay in the head for hours on end. Unfortunately, the band seem to have realised this talent of theirs and tend to repeat the chorus’ rather too much, which has the potential to get a little irritating. Having said this, when the sun’s shining, who cares about that? Recommended for those reading this in the summer months.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr B S Coley on 23 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I made the mistake of going to see Irelands hottest property since Mundy (if you've not heard of him, go to his website and find out why - he's worth a listen) with only Big Sur and One Horse Town as evidence supporting my ticket price...it was a mistake only in the sense that I couldnt sing along to some of the finest pop-rock songs Ive heard since The Corals first album stormed the charts. Comparisons between the two are likely but unsupported, as this Irish outfit take their album songs to a new level on stage. Of course, I did not realise this until after the concert, I expected a high-octane album full of crashing symbols and bellowing vocals, instead upon my first listen the day after the best concert Ive seen since The Libertines and The Vines combined on the Radio One tour, I sailed through a blissfully innocent album that captures the spirit of The Thrills - They are truely Irish in every sense, influences are so widespread it is impossible to gauge, but their harmonious blend of electro-soul-pop as I like to call it really hits the spot, as does their manner I have to add, all 5 were more than happy to chat to fans and sign what they could, which is charming in todays market over brimming with attitudes and arrogance. Anyway, back to the album in question, and it starts with soon to be released Santa Cruz, ends with Till The Tide Creeps In, and in between these two stand-outs fills the listeners heart with promise for The Thrills have more than a future in music - when this album ends you will be compelled to hit repeat. Ben Coley
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emilymin on 18 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'd agree with one of the other reviews - the total West Coast conversion of these Dubliners has to reduce their appeal, but they're so convincing that you don't really care. Great chilled tunes for a summer's road trip, relaxing, relieving, gentle on the eardrums.
I don't think I'll be able to listen to the album without thinking of happy summer 2003 and a big smile appearing on my face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Walsh on 20 Jun 2003
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Connor Deasy and his Irish band The Thrills have triupmhed here in what is their debut record. 'So Much For The City' is as crucial and timeless as anything you'll hear this year. It charters the events and important feelings that they all experienced when relocating to California for six months in the late nineties. Album highlights that really capture this summer magic the most are 'Santa Cruz...', 'Don't Steal Our Sun' and 'Your Love Is like Las Vegas'. But the other eight tracks here are stuuning too. The singles of 'One Horse Town' and 'Big Sur' have already confirmed the band as a sure-fire success. Ergo - without them being too arrogant or undeserving - they can rightfully claim all of this huge success as their own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "adamfozzy" on 1 July 2003
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My first exposure to The Thrills was through the single 'One Horse Town.' I loved it because it reminded me of so many of my favourite bands, The Byrds, Beatles, Kinks etc. Then I came across Santa Cruz (the earlier single) which was slightly different but still a masterstroke. 'Big Sur' was the next single, which covered the same territory as 'One Horse Town' (Banjos, catchy jangly tune and even nicked Monkees lyrics.) After these three gems as well as 'Deckchairs and Cigarettes' and 'Your Love is like Las Vegas,' I found myself counting the days until the albums release. I was not disapointed, every song is either gorgeous or simply kick off your shoes and go running down the beach fantastic. Aside from the brillant singles there is 'Don't Steal Our Sun' which sounds like a mix of Beach Boys and country-style hookline. In my opinion, their next single should be 'Say it ain't so' not because it is necessarily the best song but it is uplifting and continues the catchy trend of singles.'Travelling Through' is an amazing record, filled with great plodding guitar and vocals by Connor Deasy that melt your heart. The album ends with 'Till the Tide comes in,' a brillant note to end on: Harmonica, soft piano and great lyrics make you want to go right back to the beginning and play it all again. Great stuff
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