Now We Can See

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. No-one could accuse this Portland trio of skimping on sarcasm--even if it is the kind of sarcasm that dribbles likes a student rallying against capitalism as he pulls in to a McDonald's drive-thru.
  2. The album isn't a total disaster, though, there are a few songs that manage to overcome the record's flaws and deliver some excitement.
  3. There's a pervasive sameness throughout, so even highlights like the title track suffer from diminishing returns.
  4. It is in reality a bit boring, a bit generic, and a bit aggravating.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jon
    Jun 8, 2009
    8
    This is a very solid album. I can listen to it all the way through and aren't so quick to pull it out when it starts to repeat, and This is a very solid album. I can listen to it all the way through and aren't so quick to pull it out when it starts to repeat, and there's something to say for that. Many of the songs are very similar, but that formula seems to work well. I'm not that familiar with their earlier stuff, but this is pretty good. The lead singer reminds me of CAKE, but set in front of a indie/brit punk sound, if that makes sense. I would recommend. Full Review »
  2. AndyK.
    Apr 15, 2009
    8
    Right now it's an 8. At first I thought it was a worse album than The Blood, etc., but after taking a few more listens it's Right now it's an 8. At first I thought it was a worse album than The Blood, etc., but after taking a few more listens it's actually quite good! It's just a bit less aggressive and raw than the last one, but the songs become catchy. Favorite right now is the first song When I Died, which has some great guitar in it. The other songs have grown over time as well. Solid album. Better than their earlier stuff. Full Review »
  3. Marc
    Apr 10, 2009
    10
    The Thermals are my favorite band, and this is their best, and most fully realized album.