Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Thermals

  • Fuckin A [Sub Pop, 2004] **
  • The Body, the Blood, the Machine [Sub Pop, 2006] A-
  • Now We Can See [Kill Rock Stars, 2009] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Fuckin A [Sub Pop, 2004]
"History will show our progress is slow," so they make sure their music isn't ("A Stare Like Yours," "Remember Today") **

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-

Now We Can See [Kill Rock Stars, 2009] Dud