ARTIST: The Thrills
TITLE: So Much for the City
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: #14 US Heatseeker, #3 UK
SINGLES: Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far) (#33 UK), One Horse Town (#18 UK), Big Sur (#17 UK), Don’t Steal Our Sun (#45 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you were in Dublin in 2003, yeah.
LINEUP: Conor Deasy, Daniel Ryan, Padraic McMahon, Kevin Horan, Ben Carrigan. Sessioneers for horns and strings and pedal steel and what not.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Dublin band writes a love letter for…the US West Coast.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Thrills have a lot of American influences, be it California or rock and soul from the 60’s and 70’s. It shows, somewhat, in their music, which at times can be exuberant. At other times they can be ponderous and wandering.
Deasy’s voice sounds world weary, and his band gives him sympathetic backing with some great arrangements for the most part. The songs, though, are hit or miss. When Deasy and the gang slow down, they really get ploddy.
The UK and Ireland loved ‘em, and the singles all did well (and the singles are all rather upbeat and bright). So if you’re curious, there’s some good stuff here.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band spent 1999 in San Diego and wrote many of the songs on this album there. Instead of Dublin or the UK, they recorded this in LA.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but the last track has a ‘hidden’ track and that includes streaming. Oh, that was cute one time.
GRADE: B-: Some I exiled. Some I kept. It’s decent but I wouldn’t raid the larder for the pence to get this.