Now We Can See

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Now We Can See
Studio album by The Thermals
Released April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
Recorded Supernatural Sound, Oregon City, Oregon in 2008
Genre Indie rock, punk rock
Length 34:32
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer John 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 April 27th second season finale of the NBC dramedy Chuck.[3]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Drowned In Sound (8/10)[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
No Ripcord (9/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[9]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[10]
Spectrum Culture 4/5 stars[11]
Spin 4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 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.

No. Title Length
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 Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[17] 20
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 10