|The Thrills |
|The Thrills - So Much For the City reviewed (Virgin)|
Mixing influences from The Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach & Neil Young even the album cover has an authentic '60s feel.
What sets this record a cut above is their masterful touch. The songs are catchy and instant, recorded beautifully and arranged to perfection.
From the first line of opening track "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" - dolefully exhaled by vocalist Conor Deasy "Well tell me where it all went wrong" backed with a crashing piano chord. The bleak essence of the band is in evidence. The bridge then climbs to a glorious altitude for a classic sing-a-long chorus. The dark/light approach works well. The instrumentation is fantastic. Banjo's jig in the background, close harmonies sweep around & fill the track with warmth, Hammond organ scrapes and subtle brass fills in the gaps. It's pretty powerful stuff.
Other Picks from the album are the single 'One Horse Town', the soothingly melancholy 'Deckchairs And Cigarettes' and 'Say It Ain't So', but from beginning to end this is a charming musical picture of small-town life, this lot deserve to go far ..and they will.