Fuckin A - The Thermals
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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. It’s hard not to like The Thermals, and Fuckin A, while maybe a bit less lo-fi than its predecessor, is a stellar album.
  3. 83
    Supercharged, furious, hopeful. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  4. 80
    Improved fidelity aside, the song remains the same. [Aug 2004, p.88]
  5. 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]
  6. Even without a high-profile knob-twiddler [Walla] this would have sounded like their version of Husker Du's Metal Circus--a document of grace on the way to greatness. [Jul 2004, p.138]
  7. Despite the record’s minimal evolution, it’s still a joy to hear, an extension of the promise displayed on More Parts Per Million.
  8. Fuckin A outsexes the nuevo new-wavers with its dry-hump hum.
  9. Fuckin A is as stupidly (and gloriously) irreverent as its title, all adolescent three-chord slams and snotty, self-championing chants, a seamless extension of the urgency introduced on More Parts Per Million.
  10. Relentless and consistently pleasing. [#7]
  11. Owing to its themes, Fuckin A is a shade or two less exuberant than More Parts Per Million, but it's no less passionate or energetic.
  12. 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.
  13. Uncomplicated, exuberant melodic thrash. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]
  14. 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.
  15. The crisper production gives the music an extra bite.... Paradoxically, though, the increased fidelity also reveals the band’s deficiency with musical dynamics, making a half-hour seem surprisingly long.
  16. Even after repeated listening, the songs on Fuckin' A fail to distinguish themselves from one another.
  17. There is little personality amid the speed and distortion, and no tricks or treats to keep fingers off the fast-forward button.
  18. In Our Trip and Remember Today, the trio manage to strike the right balance between amp-popping fury and pop finesse--unfortunately everywhere else, they don't. [Jul 2004, p.124]
  19. [A] near-carbon copy of their debut record.

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