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  • Summary: Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, The Thrills incorporate the sounds of California rock from the 1960s and 70s (the Byrds, Beach Boys) as well as a bit of Beatles thrown in for good measure on this debut album, already a hit in the UK (and a nominee for the Mercury Music Prize).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    This is the best childhood summer holiday you ever had, condensed into 45 minutes of delicately arranged, beautifully performed, big, bright, cheery music. [Jul 2003, p.118]
  2. 86
    A modern day West Coast classic. [#7, p.90]
  3. It's hard to take them too seriously, but their convincing tribute to Neil Young and the Byrds is still quite lovely. [15 Aug 2003, p.74]
  4. So Much for the City is dragged down by a handful of meandering slow songs, but a group of Cali-bred beach bums with an armload of Neil Young records couldn't have done much better -- and that's a compliment.
  5. Sometimes, the cheesy Americana is spread on too thick.... But turn the music up a bit louder, and all is forgiven. [#5, p.103]
  6. The Thrills' external, sometime vaccuous pinching is clearly self-conscious, a carefully premeditated breach of expectation that causes more of a wince than a flash of pleasant surprise.
  7. A deadly naivete infects the songs, wonderful if the concept was to bring sleep, but otherwise limp.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. LiamM
    Jan 6, 2004
    10
    Feel good music....which we all need from time to time.
  2. Sanne
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    Great album!!! When I was in Italy this summer I played it alot.. it really helped me trough some bad times.. its music that makes you from Great album!!! When I was in Italy this summer I played it alot.. it really helped me trough some bad times.. its music that makes you from sad to happy :-) Expand
  3. MachuP
    Aug 22, 2003
    10
    I think that my rate atributed to this amazing disc album says it all... But The Thrills debut album deserves at least a explanation about my I think that my rate atributed to this amazing disc album says it all... But The Thrills debut album deserves at least a explanation about my grade: It's by far the best sound that passed by my earing channels this year and, who knows, of all years. It's useless to refer a most relevant music of the album, because they are all «rate 10» songs. My advice is to biy right away this album and to consume it with no reservations at all... Expand
  4. LiamM
    Jan 6, 2004
    10
    Feel good music....which we all need from time to time.
  5. conord
    Jul 20, 2003
    9
    LEGEND! This is a great album which should have got higher reviews. Santa Cruz and Dont steal our sun, two of the best in a list of fantastic music.
  6. karlisd
    Jul 25, 2003
    9
    It's beautiful as a roadtrip with a friend. There's a lot of sun & tears in this lp, but surely, it's my one of this tears favourites.
  7. AleakaC
    Nov 3, 2003
    0
    sucked so bad! really just bad!!!!!!!! i mean that too he he he just laugh at this one and laugh with me otay ! bye bye

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