I sat down last night to write a brief and witty review of the newest album from The Thermals. My internet connection rebelled and I think that might have been a good thing. This album, Desperate Ground (amazon) (itunes), is great. It’s really great. For the past week I have been using it quite heavily in my playlist at work. All day long I listen to albums. Back to back to back albums. Since Desperate Ground entered that list I have literally played it in direct rotation with all other albums. By that I mean I listen to album A, then once through Desperate Ground, then album B, back to Desperate Ground, etc.
All told I reckon I’ve listened straight through this album at least twenty five times. It helps that it runs a brisk 26+ minutes and no song clocks in longer than 3:20. It also helps that every song is a perfect fit on the album. There isn’t a moment that you begin to feel temptation to skip to the next track. There are no low points to speak of. This is pure guitar driven rock (or punk, or post-punk, or whatever label you can come up with) with no other purpose than to have a good time. It will give you motivation on a Monday morning. It will help you push through random paperwork. It will keep your feet tapping and your head bouncing along to the beat.
At the end of this year I can guarantee this album will still be in my top ten. If you haven’t heard them before and you like this small sample go ahead and order their album from Saddle Creek (you get a load of swag for preordering). Then stop and drop them an email or tweet and ask them why they’re not playing a show in Indiana.