The Thermals
Personal Life


3.0
good

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 31st, 2010 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Thermals play The Thermals

Power-pop has been in a slump as of late. With Weezer basically turning to crap halfway through Maladroit a decade ago and Green Day deciding that they would rather ride a wave of shitty faux-political Bush era malaise in this now Obamafied landscape, there's no one left in the mainstream doing it justice, but for the last decade Washington state's The Thermals have been picking up the slack and soldiering on with their 4 chord wonders. The Thermals hit their stride with 2006's The Body, The Blood, The Machine, a rock epic based on escaping a totalitarian Christian superstate, it struck a chord at a time when conservative hard-line Christian morals were perched in a seemingly unpopular but continual seat of power, steering the American political landscape. Their follow up Now We Can See was not as viceral as its predecessor, but was no less enjoyable, especially as it was driven by the massive single of the same name.

With the release of their fifth full-length album The Thermals have settled into a sweet spot. Following in the same vein as Now We Can See, Personal Life continues to tone down the punkier elements that were prevalent in The Thermals earlier releases while upping the sugary sweet pop hooks that gave their greatest songs the ability to bore themselves into your brain and stay there for weeks on end. Unfortunately this also leads to a percieved lack of energy. When it comes to the incredibly simplistic approach that The Thermals take, what made them stick out so much was the seemingly reckless abandon in which they belted their songs out, and now with so much of Personal Life drifting in a mid-tempo limbo, it can't help but drag in spots when it's begging to soar. There are still plenty of moments on Personal Life that stack up to songs like "Here's Your Future" and "Pillar of Salt", such as the uproarious "I Don't Believe You" and the trademark "whoa oh ohhhsss" of "Your Love Is So Strong", but in the end that carefree, fun loving spirit doesn't always carry over as expected for a Thermals album.

Personal Life is nothing new for the Thermals, but that doesn't mean that it's nothing to write home about. It still packs enough of a punch to please the most diehard of fans, and its best moments are more than enough to convert the uninitiated, but overall The Thermals have done better. _



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17222 Comments


sorry chan

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


15051 Comments


wtf three whole paragphs not readin nice try

Satellite
August 31st 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is basically Now We Can See II. It's good, but I sorta miss the edge they displayed on Fuckin' A and The Body, The Blood, The Machine.

Excellent review Adam.

thebhoy
Emeritus
August 31st 2010


4461 Comments


Adam Thomas that first sentence is not up to your usual standards.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17222 Comments


better?

robin
Emeritus
August 31st 2010


4249 Comments


i suddenly have this urge to listen to the hold steady

thebhoy
Emeritus
August 31st 2010


4461 Comments


yes, I just hate when people use "gotten" lol

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


10498 Comments


thermals power pop?

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

power pop is such an awful phrase

this album is so good

SeaAnemone
August 31st 2010


20534 Comments


album is fantastic. The Thermals certainly do play The Thermals... and I like The Thermals

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and idk the feel of this is pretty different from now we can see BUT I GUESS YOU GUYS JUST DON'T LIKE THEM LIKE I DO

SeaAnemone
August 31st 2010


20534 Comments


oh woops this is Chan's band guys

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


15051 Comments


which album is the best by this band was planning to get the first

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the body the blood the machine is the best album of all time

but idk if you should spoil it with your mexicanity

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17222 Comments


WE WERE BORN TO SIINNNNNNNNNN

Satellite
August 31st 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

WE DON'T THINK WE'RE SPECIAL, SIR. WE KNOW EVERYBODY IS.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17222 Comments


yeah, i miss that.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i mean the end of 'only for you' is better than that

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


17222 Comments


channing being channing.
[img]http://analogartsensemble.net/blog/being-manny.jpg[/img]

Satellite
August 31st 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, Manny.



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