Fuckin A - The Thermals
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  • Summary: The lo-fi Portland, Ore. band returns with a second album, recorded with engineer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    It's like somebody took all the great elements of FM anthems--the indelible choruses, the melodic tenacity and the rush of invincibility--and cut out the fat. [#64, p.110]
  2. 83
    Supercharged, furious, hopeful. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  3. 80
    The Thermals are the rarest of punk bands: a three-chord, three-member outfit whose clamorous drive actually resolves into a riveting, accessible worldview. [#27, p.146]
  4. It's almost as though, by writing what can be experienced as one long, explosive track with pauses, they have created a different way of hearing small variations. While this trick has been used to good effect in any number of electronic albums over the years, it has rarely worked this well in a rock context.
  5. Relentless and consistently pleasing. [#7]
  6. The production is simplicity itself, and by the end you won't remember 'Remember Today' from 'Every Stitch', and you won't know whether 'End To Begin' is at the beginning or the end, or even in the middle.
  7. [A] near-carbon copy of their debut record.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. dsfasb
    Sep 3, 2004
    10
    Very good
  2. Chris
    May 28, 2004
    8
    It takes a real twat to dismiss this album as "more of the same" from the Thermals. In addition to the fact that such an assessment is flat-ass wrong, what does it matter? I'll take more of the same from one of the best punk outfits going anytime. What, you'd rather have a big change of pace from Brittney? Anyway, the entire disc is a blast, the lyrics are a cut above, the limited vocal range of the singer is buttressed by his great use of ryhthm...they create great music with the tools they have (or choose to use). Expand