Desperate Ground

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Desperate Ground
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Studio album by The Thermals
Released April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13)
Recorded 2012/2013
Genre Indie rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Rock
Length 26:25
Label Saddle Creek Records
Producer John Agnello
The Thermals chronology
Personal Life
(2010)Personal Life2010
Desperate Ground
We Disappear
(2016)We Disappear2016

Desperate Ground is the sixth album from the Portland-based indie rock band The Thermals. The album was released on April 13, 2013, on Saddle Creek Records and was produced by John Agnello.

The album was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed the record and evacuated the studio just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey. [1]

The title came from The Art of War by Sun Tzu.[2]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The A.V. Club C link
Consequence of Sound C+ link
Pitchfork Media 5.0/10.0 link
Exclaim! 8/10 stars link

Reviews of Desperate Ground represent a diverse mix of opinions on the album. The album holds a score of 73 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Hutch Harris; all music composed by Kathy Foster/Hutch Harris/Westin Glass.

No. Title Length
1. "Born to Kill" 1:48
2. "You Will Be Free" 2:45
3. "The Sunset" 2:51
4. "I Go Alone" 3:12
5. "The Sword by My Side" 3:10
6. "You Will Find Me" 2:22
7. "Faces Stay with Me" 2:32
8. "The Howl of the Winds" 2:29
9. "Where I Stand" 2:08
10. "Our Love Survives" 3:08


  • Kathy Foster - bass, vocals
  • Hutch Harris - guitar, vocals
  • Westin Glass - drums, vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[4] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[5] 39


  1. ^ Maurer, Mark (2013-03-05). "After visit during Sandy, the Thermals back in N.J. for Maxwell's show". Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  2. ^ Remus, Deborah (2013-04-11). "The Thermals - 04.11.13". Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Desperate Ground by The Thermals". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.