Now We Can See

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Now We Can See
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
RecordedSupernatural Sound, Oregon City, Oregon in 2008
GenreIndie rock, punk rock
LabelKill Rock Stars
ProducerJohn Congleton
The Thermals chronology
The Body, The Blood, The Machine
Now We Can See
Personal Life

Now We Can See is the fourth album from the Portland-based indie rock band The Thermals. The album was released on April 7, 2009 on Kill Rock Stars, which is their first album since switching labels from Sub Pop Records. Lead singer Hutch Harris claimed the album hinges on a leitmotif of "songs from when we were alive".[1]

The first single from the album was the title track, "Now We Can See". It premiered at Pitchfork Media on February 10, 2009.[2]

"Now We Can See" was featured in the second season finale of the NBC dramedy Chuck.[3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]
Drowned In Sound(8/10)[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
No Ripcord(9/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media(7.8/10)[9]
The Skinny4/5 stars[10]
Spectrum Culture4/5 stars[11]
Spin4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[13]

The album holds a score of 79 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Track listing[edit]

The official track-listing was revealed on their label, Kill Rock Stars' website:[14]

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

1."When I Died"3:21
2."We Were Sick"2:44
3."I Let It Go"3:35
4."Now We Can See"3:30
5."At the Bottom of the Sea"5:43
6."When We Were Alive"1:45
7."I Called Out Your Name"2:52
8."When I Was Afraid"3:01
9."Liquid In, Liquid Out"1:52
10."How We Fade"3:26
11."You Dissolve"2:43


  • Kathy Foster - drums, bass, vocals, piano, noise
  • Hutch Harris - guitar, vocals


Chart (2009) Peak
US Billboard 200[15] 191
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[17] 20
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 10


  1. ^ Thompson, Paul (2008-08-26). "Thermals Reveal Now We Can See Tracks, B-Sides". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  2. ^ Kelly, Zack (2009-02-10). "Premiere: The Thermals: "Now We Can See" MP3/Stream". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  3. ^ Chuck TV web site
  4. ^ a b "Now We Can See by The Thermals". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Drowned In Sound review
  7. ^ The Guardian review
  8. ^ No Ripcord review
  9. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  10. ^ The Skinny review
  11. ^ Spectrum Culture review
  12. ^ Spin review
  13. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  14. ^ Ringsage, Stiner; The Thermals (2009). "Now We Can See press release". Kill Rock Stars. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  15. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "The Thermals Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.