The Thermals
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[Sub Pop; 2004]

Rating: 2/5 2 / 5 (0)

Styles: twee politico pop, lo-fi punk
Others: Beat Happening, Green Day, Dead Kennedys


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The Thermals' debut, More Parts Per Million, received ample lauding for its raw lo-fi production and its fresh interpretation of the new punk hybrid. Let's remember, it only cost them $60 to record the entire album in their basement. Built on bone-crushing melodies and exclamatory vocals, The Thermals unleashed a 33-minute assault of ultra-violent rock and roll. With this success, The Thermals' sound spread across college and university campuses like an uncontrollable brushfire. Predictably, The Thermals' follow-up to their spastic debut was highly anticipated by both fans and critics.

However, instead of writing a batch of songs that augment or refine their previous formula, The Thermals have released a near-identical, near-carbon copy of their debut record and have given it the title Fuckin A. Other than the improved production (which actually falters the new album), Fuckin A is a perfect example of indie laziness and indolence. In 12 songs, The Thermals fail to showcase their creativity by crafting repetitive ditties throughout this short and unrefined album.

If you own More Parts Per Million, you have more than enough Thermals to chew on. If you don't own More Parts Per Million, it might do you well to worry about your safety first before diving headfirst into the world of The Thermals. Though some songs that are noteworthy, they're certainly not worth risking your life over. Fuckin A, I hope the Thermals regain their strut before I go completely bald.

1. Our Trip
2. Every Stitch
3. How We Know
4. When You're Thrown
5. Remember Today
6. A Stare Like Yours
7. Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
8. God and Country
9. End to Begin
10. Forward
11. Keep Time
12. Top of the Earth