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  • Summary: Disc #2 for the Irish band was produced by Dave Sardy (Marilyn Manson), with Peter Buck and Van Dyke Parks helping on a track apiece.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 84
    [Van Dyke] Parks' masterful touch transforms the Thrills from barroom favorites to starry-eyed chancers with a shot at the big time. [#12, p.105]
  2. 75
    A moving listen, despite patches of redundancy. [Oct 2004, p.111]
  3. A really good record by a potentially great rock & roll band.
  4. The songs are likable, but lack a core.
  5. An older, wiser, more mature and more accomplished Thrills but -- to be honest -- the heart of 'Let's Bottle Bohemia' could quite easily have been made from the leftovers of 'So Much For The City.' [11 Sep 2004, p.54]
  6. Not so much a staler rehash of So Much For The City [as] an exact rehash of So Much For The City. [#7]
  7. The Thrills still have more musical verve than many other second-album victims, but too much of this album seems as if The Thrills have wearied of their own sunny musical dispositions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. PatrickO
    Feb 16, 2006
  2. MattM
    Sep 20, 2004
    Wonderful stuff. Close for my album of the year. The opening track gets the stereo cranking and the rest of the CD is a really exciting listen too.
  3. GaryW
    Feb 6, 2005
    A logical progression from the first album, I find this album just as enjoyable. With its more aggressive and over-the-top production (real string arrangements on three tracks), the band rock a bit more assertively while still coming up with infectious hooks and fine melodies. I can't believe the harsh reviews this album is getting. I get a positive jolt out of it every time I hear it--one of my top five of the year. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 22, 2004
    Wonderful sophomoric effort...full of highly infectious pop...ear candy at its sweetest.
  5. PhilW
    Mar 8, 2005
    I picked up this CD in the bargain bin at my local record store. I expected to hate it after all the bad reviews it received, but it's one of my faves for the year. It sounds more competently written and played than their highly acclaimed debut, and I love the combination of slightly world-weary lyrics and upbeat, hummable pop. Expand
  6. JohnR
    Nov 9, 2005
    Very hard to understand what all the critics must have heard, listening to this album. It's basically pretty close to phenomenal. Spledid, accessible songwriting with brilliant arrangements, though the strings-parts are a bit too much now and then. Without a doubt one of my 2004 favourites. Expand
  7. CP
    Oct 27, 2005
    Embarassingly weak songwriting that makes me yearn for Bruce Willis's "The Return of Bruno." It's that bad.

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