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  • Summary: Portland, Oregon's The Thermals recorded this "no-fi" (otherwise known as "very, very, very lo-fi") debut album direct to four-track at the house of founding member Hutch Harris.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    As with the best bedroom punk records, the bloody-knuckled passion and immediacy of these 13 rapid songs transcends any cavils about sound quality. [Oct 2003, p.130]
  2. 80
    Its songs hurtle at Buzzcocks pace and fizz with nagging melodies. [Jun 2003, p.110]
  3. They are pop and punk and rock and indie and a combination of all these things, but, more than all of the above, they are Harris' personal songs and they are incredible.
  4. One problem with More Parts Per Million, however, is that, because most of the songs follow the same formula, it gets a little tiring after awhile, short as it is.
  5. They've still managed to convert their technological shortcomings into some fuzzed-out, genuinely energised rocking. [Jul 2003, p.113]
  6. The sound is a little too consistent, as every spastic outburst starts to sound like the last midway through the album. [Apr 2003, p.86]
  7. While the results aren’t exactly groundbreaking, they're undeniably loose, spirited and just plain fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JeremyL
    Mar 18, 2003
    It may often be unfair to rate the album based on live performances, but in this situation I have no choice. This is a dance record if there ever was one, and bouncing around to "It's Trivia" or "No Culture Icons" at a show is akin to the joy I felt in the early days of teendom. Buy this cd, see this band. Expand
  2. Tuh
    Mar 22, 2003
    This is a great album, even though the songs are all very similar. I especially like the title song.
  3. ShaneL
    Apr 12, 2003
    Despite the over-consistency, it does not drown itself. This is one those records that makes you smile just listening to it.