The Thrills

As far as I’m concerned, The Thrills are to Ireland what Belle & Sebastian are to Scotland: The Best. Forget U2 or Snow Patrol, The Thrills are a band worthy of occupying the national pedestal. Their first two albums were brilliant and now with their third, they have cemented this spot at the top. If you’ve never really listened to The Thrills, you have much to discover. I’d always found their music enjoyable, however it wasn’t until I listened with good headphones that I realised how rich it was. Whether it is strings, backing vocals, piano or a multitude of other cool sounds, there’s always plenty going on. Best of all, it all combines seamlessly with the wispy lead vocals to form smooth, harmonious music. No chance for a flutter is left begging, yet every sound has a purpose. It is, quite simply, a pleasure to listen to.

So Much For The City (2003)

The release of this debut album instantly put them on the map. This is hardly surprising, considering how many big hits it had on it. The first half of it is ridiculously strong while the rest isn’t too memorable. This could just be that I like those first 5 songs so much, I never pay attention to the rest, but either way, it was hard just choosing one.

MP3: Big Sur

Let's Bottle Bohmemia (2004)

As a complete package, I probably haven’t given this album as much attention as I should have. This is largely due to the second track, “Whatever Happened To Cory Haim?” being so damn good. Every time I made a mix, or just listened to them, I would go straight to that song. However the rest of the album is actually quite good and I figured it was about time I acknowledged that.

MP3: Not For All The Love In The World

Teenager (2007)

Over the course of their career, they seem to be making less and less big hits and instead producing a constant stream of good music. This third album is the perfect example of this. It may lose the battle when it comes to picking standout songs, but as far as overall standard goes, it is excellent. It’s a fresh batch high quality Thrills music and I’m loving it.

Mp3: The Midnight Choir


Natalie said...

i'm totally in love with your blog...keep it up!
i was wondering if you have this track:
"Not For All The Love In The World (Sebastien Tellier Remix)"


Peter said...

thanks nat! I don't have that remix and while I am usually against the whole remix culture, I may just check it out...cheers

Elaine said...

As a massive Thrills fan I really enjoyed your blog! This is a band who knows how to write and record real music in a world that is full of fairweather bands. Long may The Thrills be around writing and playing their fantastic music. Teenager has just pipped SMFTC as my favourite Thrills album:-)


Anonymous said...

"Not For All The Love In The World (Sebastien Tellier Remix)" is the bomb!

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