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  • Summary: Brendan Canty (Fugazi) produced this third album for the Oregon band, down to the duo of Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster after the departure of original drummer Jordan Hudson.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. It's 36 minutes of loose garage rock with massively catchy melodies sugarcoating the biting sarcasm.
  2. The Body, The Blood, The Machine is the holy grail of anti-political/anti-religion records to come out in the last seven years.
  3. The Body's story is just vague and gruesome enough to be weirdly terrifying, totally Orwellian, and grander, louder, and more electrifying than anything the Thermals have spit out before.
  4. Without sacrificing aural excitement, they have polished their approach with a refined understanding of dynamics and a broadening of style.
  5. As a whole, The Body The Blood The Machine is a bit more inconsistent than Fuckin' A, but at the same time has some of the best songs in the group's discography and some of the better arrangements [as] well.
  6. With The Body, The Blood, The Machine the Thermals haven't made another thrilling noisy gem like More Parts Per Million, they've made an inspired and inspiring, semi-grown up indie rock record with more thought than thrills.
  7. The urgency and bile are palpable. [Oct 2006, p.84]

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  1. Apr 25, 2012
    Solid, intelligent protest punk. "A Pillar of Salt" might be one of the twenty best songs of the last decade and The Thermals manage to build a relatively solid release around it. As a side note, if you get the opportunity to see the album performed live, do so. You will not be disappointed. Expand

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