Now We Can See - The Thermals
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  • Summary: The band's first album on the Kill Rock Stars label was produced by John Congleton.
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  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. 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.
  3. Musically, the Thermals deliver a cleaner, more refined version of the raging anthems found on Body, the band's worship of '90s indie rock ringing through louder and clearer than ever before.
  4. As with any such wildly anticipated album, the reverse motion could be a case of perspective, of personal expectations being insurmountably high, because Now We Can See is by no means a bad album. It just seems a little pedestrian for such a talented and unique band.
  5. Now We Can See is bursting with clear-headed explorations of the ways that fear and neuroses hold us back from truly living, winkingly clinical examinations of the rote machinations that consume our lives, and tales of the savagery at the basis of modern existence.
  6. More important than the album’s conceit and whatever toehold it might offer, though, is that it sports less flab than their critical breakthrough.
  7. It is in reality a bit boring, a bit generic, and a bit aggravating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ZachB
    Apr 9, 2009
    Best record of the year so far. Now we can see is a collection of ecstatic moments that never falters for a moment.
  2. Marc
    Apr 10, 2009
    The Thermals are my favorite band, and this is their best, and most fully realized album.
  3. DwightH
    Apr 9, 2009
    I can't seem to stop playing this. Just fantastic.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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. Expand