Now We Can See - The Thermals

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Now We Can See is very much a record about vision, death, disease, perspective, and, er, turning into a fish (?) but its great expressive anchor is the elated desperation that gives punk both its wickedness and its promise.
  2. An album that goes so far in proving that simplicity not only has its place, it’s also often the path to unmitigated greatness.
  3. 'I Call Out Your name won't exactly smash the state, but it's a perfect little pop song. So are opening track, 'When I Died' and 'Now We Can See', where the band's return to gleefully subversive social commentary can't undermine their most infectious pop hook. [May 2009, p.110]
  4. Now We Can See might not be fist-clenching Thermals fans’ first choice, but it shows there’s way, way more to the band than fist pumping yellers. They’re built for the long haul.
  5. With perky melodies and singsong choruses, angst has rarely sounded so precious.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 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
    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
    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
    The Thermals are my favorite band, and this is their best, and most fully realized album.