• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. Without sacrificing aural excitement, they have polished their approach with a refined understanding of dynamics and a broadening of style.
  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. It's 36 minutes of loose garage rock with massively catchy melodies sugarcoating the biting sarcasm.
  5. A little too homogenous to warrant many a repeat listen.
  6. 80
    There's still something small and handmade about the Thermals' music. [Sep 2006, p.112]
  7. The urgency and bile are palpable. [Oct 2006, p.84]
  8. The only drawback is Hutch Harris' vocals.
  9. The Body, the Blood, the Machine reveals a band that's a bit older, a step slower, and startlingly sardonic.
  10. The Body, The Blood, The Machine is the holy grail of anti-political/anti-religion records to come out in the last seven years.
  11. It’s downright exciting for a band like the Thermals to emerge with something so simple and unflustered, so bereft of unnecessary baggage, a shining light of a record that delivers on its early promise.
  12. An immediate and combative disc that blurries up a litany of angers over surprisingly versatile layers of pop-punk guitar thrusting, The Body, The Blood, The Machine is a focused tantrum, irresolute in its actual stances, but pissed and rambunctious enough to overcome its vagaries.
  13. The simplicity of the punk-driven songwriting and the bare, urgent honesty of vocalist/guitarist Hutch Harris’ delivery drive home the album’s political points with startling effectiveness.
  14. They've slowed down the tempo a little and cleaned up the sound a lot.
  15. 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.
  16. As narrative and prophecy, a less coherent response to Christofascism than you might want, but one alt needs, held together and moved ahead by its forthright hooks and beats.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    7
    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 buildSolid, 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. Full Review »
  2. GeorgeD
    Jul 4, 2007
    9
    Very good, straightforward tunes, catchy riffs, good singing.
  3. J.PaulP
    Feb 18, 2007
    10
    Listen to it, love it. This is the kind of album that makes everything else sound bad. It's easy to get obsessed with it and spin it Listen to it, love it. This is the kind of album that makes everything else sound bad. It's easy to get obsessed with it and spin it over and over again. Don't miss the live show either, they will destroy you! Full Review »