So Much for the City

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So Much for the City
The Thrills sitting and standing in a group in a field
Studio album by The Thrills
Released May 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)
Recorded October 2002 – March 2003
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:24
Label Virgin
Producer Tony Hoffer
The Thrills chronology
So Much for the City
(2003)
Let's Bottle Bohemia
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (Positive)[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[3]
Robert Christgau C[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

So Much for the City is the debut album of the Irish indie/pop band The Thrills. It was released in May 2003 and quickly became the number one in the Republic of Ireland where it spent 61 weeks in the top 75,[6] and also won 'Album of the Year' at the national music awards. It was also very successful in UK, debuting at #3, remaining in the charts for 25 weeks,[7] and gave them some attention in Europe, with the single "Big Sur" reaching #17 in the UK,[7] which remains as their highest charted position in that country to date.

In an interview, lead singer Conor Deasy explained the band's inspiration for the song material:

The album was nominated for the 2003 Mercury Prize but lost to Dizzee Rascal's Boy in da Corner.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" – 4:13
  2. "Big Sur" – 3:07
  3. "Don't Steal Our Sun" – 2:50
  4. "Deckchairs and Cigarettes" – 4:58
  5. "One Horse Town" – 3:15
  6. "Old Friends, New Lovers" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell) – 4:01
  7. "Say It Ain't So" – 2:44
  8. "Hollywood Kids" – 5:33
  9. "Just Travelling Through" – 3:21
  10. "Your Love Is Like Las Vegas" – 2:23
  11. "'Til the Tide Creeps In" / "Plans" (hidden track) – 10:06

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ "CG: the thrills". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ The Thrills - So Much For The City - Music Charts
  7. ^ a b "The Thrills". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Conor Deasy of The Thrills". Livedaily.com. 2004-05-19. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Rocklist.net...Mercury/Nationwide Music Prize Nominations And Winners". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-25.