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    The Thrills:

    Let's Bottle Bohemia

    Mon, 13 Sep 2004 14:39:52

    Album Reviews: Let's Bottle Bohemia by The Thrills

    Finally a band that delivers on its moniker's promise: The Thrills, indeed. You won't have more fun listening to an album all year. Let's Bottle Bohemia is a fizzy pop confection with a tart bite. This Irish band sweetens their songs with more American sugar than most homegrown bands. With every other New York band aping a British style these days, it's only fitting that these Emerald Islanders sound more Californian than The Tyde or Beachwood Sparks. Yet, they don't just mimic a genre. Let's Bottle Bohemia throws in some disco (!) flourishes to wash it down.

    The Thrills shatter the sophomore slump with an album surpassing their first. Imagine hiring The Flaming Lips to play a beach party in the mid 1970s (keeping Wayne Coyne's weirdness in check). You'll pick a new favorite song with each listen, starting with "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim." Haim should be thanking The Thrills profusely for the best piece of entertainment his name has been associated with since The Lost Boys. "Saturday Night" sums up the vibe of the record as well any, but don't miss the later high point, "The Curse of Comfort." Actually, you won't want to miss any of it, because this is a rare CD you can put on and not have to worry about skipping any tracks or killing anyone's buzz. You'll drink this bohemia down again and again. - Jeff Kamin

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