It goes on and on and on...
The Thrills - Whatever Happened to Corey Haim? - The Thrills have a new album due out tomorrow, entitled Let's Bottle Bohemia. It's great. I wasn't too high on the Thrills after their first album, and apparantly their label wasn't either. They almost got dropped. Then the numbers came in, and it turns out, they're close to platinum. Bohemia's draft is gonna drag that last record over the top and then some. The first single from the new album, "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?" is one of a few songs on the album questioning the worth of fame, taking the Thrills trademark california sunshine and adding a twinge of darkness to the sweeping, Roxy Music-esque strings (Especially Country Life). Though the Brian in charge may be more Wilson than Ferry. It's a song full of grandeur and beauty and pain questions. But in the end, it's those strings that just keep selling it. The song spirals out of control, and it's all lead singer Conor Deasy can do to keep everything around him from exploding as he croons.
The Thrills - The Irish Keep Gate Crashing - It's the vocals that do the heavy lifting on this track, the albums closer. Hopeful, bouyant falsettos delivers acerbic lines like "Lust... Top 40 Fame... I can smell your Catholic Shame...", and the pianos bounce and the song just makes you want to dance because this is a party of Irish boys who wish they were california boys who have listened to lots of british music about America. And it does indeed go on and on. One of the greatest things about Rock & Roll, and pop culture as a whole is it's endless ability to cannibalize itself eternally. The Thrills are hopelessly derivative, endlessly nostalgaic, and some of the most fun you'll have listening to music this year.
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