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  • Vinyl (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B003TOS91Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

It's amazing, really, how the Thermals have managed to pick apart a series of vast and complicated themes – religion, death and now, with their fifth album, love – using only the most basic tools. There are no strings, no climactic orchestral flourishes and none of the grandstanding employed by a world of bigger, crasser acts. Any such tropes are pushed to the side in favour of rudimentary 4/4 time signatures, insistent bass plunks and fuzz-coddled guitar as the background for Hutch Harris’ emotive keening.

Quieter and less-abrasive than its predecessors, the lack of cranky punk rippers is at first a little disarming. It’s not until the weary strum and harrowingly sparse percussion of Alone, a Fool that the trio could really be said to derogate from the well-trodden path that has placed them alongside such esteemed (if grumbly) indie rock company as Sebadoh, Silkworm and The Wrens. Still, for all the simplicity and lack of surprises the sheer skill with which these songs have been put together will ensure they’re buried deep at the back of your brain. Choruses, melodies and smile-inducing "ooh-ee-ooh"s creep like tendrils, and will soon enough send up crisp green shoots through the topsoil of your consciousness.

Whether fragile, rapt or indignant, each song manages to capture those pivotal moments that can be found in any doomed relationship, condensing them down to brief, bare, sugar-coated bursts that sparkle fleetingly before grudgingly giving way to the next. While the proclamations are bold, there’s precious little by way of grand hand-wringing gestures or mawkish self-pity no matter how desperate the situation. Instead, Harris and co lay out the basic facts as they see them and know full-well that to do so is enough, regardless of how quietly the tales are told. It is this conviction, perhaps above all else, that helps make Personal Life another crackling success for a band who’ve built a career on telling humble, heartbreaking, indisputable truths in a way that leaves you wondering whether to weep into your sweater sleeves or sing joyfully along as loud as your lungs will let you.

--Alex Deller

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Though still in sight, The Thermals are now some distance from their angry, rousing debut More Parts Per Million. It twitched awkwardly with urgent power-punk chords and its political cynicism reached far into the band's equally well-received sophomore effort, as well as into the iconic, frantic essentialism of The Body, The Blood, The Machine.

The Portland-based three-piece unquestionably took it down a notch of two for the resigned Now We Can See album, but they nevertheless did not compromise on quality; their three-chord wonders still injected life, meaning and necessity into their sound, and it'll be no surprise to those that have followed the Thermal evolution since 2003 to find that it is with this album that Personal Life finds most common ground.

Irrepressible and unafraid of a pop-punk riff (see "Power Lies"), The Thermals have never been interested in the complex, effectively mining depth out of repetitive, melodious song-craft in its place. And, on Personal Life, Kathy Foster's bass chops in and out with an assured touch, while Westin Glass's kick drums restore the listener's attention after rare lulls.

A sense of cyclicity is provided by the opening chugs of "I'm Gonna Change Your Life" and the album's thematic closing echo "You Changed My Life". Altogether poppier, but no worse for it, the bubblegum strains of "I Don't Believe You" is as catchy and dignified as Ash's recent singles collection.
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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the duff cover artwork.

The Thermals come from Portland, Oregon which seems to be the epicentre of alternative music culture these days.

This album is more mellow than their previous efforts, but they retain a real knack for simple but compelling tunes. This album does seem to be getting pretty comprehensively mined for singles, so they might yet achieve the recognition they deserve. 'Not like any other feeling" seems particularly compelling to me.

All in all this is a pleasant and listenable album, in so far as any album by the Thermals can ever be. It even sounds a bit like "Everything must go" by the Manic Street Preachers, and I seem to remember that it sold a good few copies.

They are well worth seeking out live, with a string of strong songs, and if you prefer your Thermals in a lighter vein, then the recent-ish single Canada is worth seeking out.
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By Uthor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was worried about this album after being disappointed by the last one, but I'm really happy to see that it's a solid work from one of my favorite groups. While it still is lacking the raw energy present in the first two or three albums, the songs return to simple, catchy lyrics and the music complements them perfectly. The songs remind me most of the Hutch and Kathy duo album that came out a few years ago, but with a full band instead of an accoustic sound.
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HASH(0x91b87720) out of 5 stars The Thermals will warm your Heart 13 Nov. 2010
By BraMaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, actually maybe they won't warm your heart, but they just may rock your socks off. I picked up this bad boy CD at one of their shows, and would highly recommend. It is a bit different from their previous albums though as it isn't as high energy (with the exception of "I Don't Believe You). I read somewhere else that this album is a "grower", and I would agree with that as I started to like the songs more the more I listened to them. Left this in the car cd player for a few weeks. If you like alternative music, give The Thermals a shot. It's one of the two CDs I've bought all year, and I can't wait to see what they do next.
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HASH(0x92b87cd8) out of 5 stars INSANELY AMAZING... 14 July 2014
By gbv4me - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow. To put my thoughts simply into words, I LOVE THIS ALBUM! I've always been a fan of The Thermals, but THIS is the catchiest, most sing-a-long record I've ever heard. It was instantly a classic for me when it was released, and I'm still addicted to it 4 years later. I love how every single song flows right into the next. Each song sounds similar yet focuses on different aspects of relationships, creating an album that makes you feel like you're really listening to someone's "personal life" being sung to you chapter by chapter. Too good for words, so download it and listen to it already! You'll be glad you did.
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HASH(0x91b879a8) out of 5 stars Personal Life = great! 2 Dec. 2010
By Garn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A bit more solid than Now We Can See, but not reaching the heights of The Body, The Blood, The Machine...that said, this is a great record. I can't take it out of my daily rotation!
HASH(0x91b87948) out of 5 stars Believe me: The Thermals improved what was already perfect 24 Mar. 2013
By rgf-br - Published on Amazon.com
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The Thermals are one of my all-time favorite bands; I loved their four former albums, especially "The body...". This time The Thermals surprised me: their fifth issue is their best album. The two contrasting songs on both ends, "I'm gonna change your life" and "You changed my life" are perfect, someimes I feel almost like crying with them, but what else could be said about "I don't believe you" or "Never listen to me"?.
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