Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Thermals: The Body, the Blood, the Machine [Sub Pop, 2006]
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. On timbre alone, Hutch Harris might almost be some emo boy bewailing his romantic ignominy. Instead he attacks the Bush-Cheney axis, naming said villains in the public prints. And though I dread his promised devolution album, I admire him for knowing that the couple he chronicles can run and even hide but can't actually escape. A-