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The COMPASS Group, July 2004

So Much For The City

By Stu Nazareth Translated by Ann Li



Artist:The Thrills
Title: So Much For The City
Label: Virgin Records
At: Rose Records

California. Sunshine, beaches, cruising with the top down. The radio playing the classic SoCal sounds of the Beach Boys to The Byrds to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to The Eagles to Fleetwood Mac. You get all this in The Thrills debut "So Much For The City." Well, all except the sunshine, beaches and convertible. The music is all there. The music is all tight harmonies, jingle-jangle guitars, big airy production with country music touches of pedal steel guitar and banjo. Not a penny whistle to be heard. Then there are the song titles: "Big Sur," "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far Away)," "Hollywood Kids," and others. This is so California--so we were shocked to find out that The Thrills are from Dublin Ireland. It figures. Just like Neil Young (Canada), Mick Fleetwood (UK), The Byrds' Roger McGuinn (Chicago), The Eagles' Glen Frey (Detroit), the Thrills were drawn to California by the music and myths, absorbed them and to produce their own personal soundtrack for the Golden State.


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