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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00009AQM9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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')

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Thrills (irish) - So Much For The City - Cd

BBC Review

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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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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This has got to be the best sound for the summer! It's just the happiest, easiest, summer sound from the very first time you hear it. If you like the surfing sound of The Beach Boys and the raw sound of The Saw Doctors this is the album to listen to. Well, I would like to listen to it but my 13 year old son seems to think its his... no chance!!
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From the lazy-yet-posed band photo on the cover to the simple painted lettering to the scratchy parchment used for the inner sleeve, The Thrill's long awaited debut looks, feels and smells like California, August 1966. That the packaging should match the product is expected: The Thrills' mix of Byrdsian melody, west coast name-checking (San Diego, Santa Cruz, Hollywood etc) and Canned Heat vocals produce an aroma that quite simply resonates with antique sunshine. That this should emanate from a Dublin five-piece is not only ridiculous; it would be quite unbelievable had the bassist's mother not thought to name her son Padraic.
Hazy when performed live, The Thrills' magic is exposed best on record, where one can bask in the tender yet cracked vocals of Conor Deasy. Despite the relatively up-tempo singles 'One Horse Town' and the joyous 'Big Sur', as well as the country blues roll-up 'Say It Ain't So', the overall feel is of a glorious uninterrupted lazy summer afternoon, with hazy sight and reddening skin included. 'Just don't change a thing' Deasy croons on 'Deckchairs and Cigarettes', his voice splintering for the ultimate poignancy, and the crowd murmurs in response 'We won't!'
Arguably the most notable debut of 2003 so far, So Much For The City contains several gems apart from the already released 'Santa Cruz', 'One Horse Town' and 'Big Sur'. 'Don't Steal Our Sun' is surely the next single, a glorious beaming warning complete with 60s girl group chorus and Deasy's trademark fractured tender tones. The lyrics reveal a darker side behind the sunshine: 'Broken friendships surely beckon' they forewarn in 'Old Friends New Lovers', while in 'Your Love Is Like Las Vegas' Deasy caustically sighs 'Don't you know, you can't rewrite/your own history, cigarette Barbie'.
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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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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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Toe tapping summer fun. Some of the lyrics may have been stolen and there are definitly some 70's rock influences but this is one of my favourite albums at the moment.
Only real stand out track here is the single "Big Sur" which is great imo. The whole album has a nice light rock, pop, feel to it making a pleasant listen. I found this quite easy to sing along to as well which is another good point about the whole album.
Falls shy of a 5 star rating as its a little repeitive in my mind, making the name "The Thrills" a little ironic. Heh, still, buy this, great easy listening music.
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