Personal Life (album)

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Personal Life
Personal Life album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Thermals
Released September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
Recorded 2009/2010 at Jackpot!, Portland, Oregon
Genre Indie rock, punk rock
Length 32:12
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Chris Walla
The Thermals chronology
Now We Can See
(2009)Now We Can See2009
Personal Life
Desperate Ground
(2013)Desperate Ground2013

Personal Life is the fifth album from the Portland-based indie rock band The Thermals. The album was released on September 7, 2010, on Kill Rock Stars. It is the first to feature current drummer Westin Glass, who joined after the completion of 2009's Now We Can See.

As the album was recorded and mixed on analog tape, and mastered for vinyl without digital processes, the vinyl edition boasts a SPARS code of AAA.

The first single from the album to be released was "I Don't Believe You". The music video features Sleater-Kinney member Carrie Brownstein and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock.[1] "Never Listen to Me" and "Not Like Any Other Feeling" were the other singles.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
The A.V. Club B link
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars link
Mixtape Muse 3.5/5 stars link
One Thirty BPM 84% link
Pitchfork Media 6.7/10 link
Spin 8/10 stars link

Reviews of Personal Life represent a diverse mix of opinions on the album. The album holds a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[2]

The album debuted at No. 180 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on its first week in the United States.[3] It also debuted at No. 30 on the Independent Albums,[4] and No. 16 on the Tastemaker Albums charts.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Gonna Change Your Life" 2:59
2. "I Don't Believe You" 2:38
3. "Never Listen to Me" 4:30
4. "Not Like Any Other Feeling" 3:34
5. "Power Lies" 2:58
6. "Only for You" 4:17
7. "Alone, a Fool" 2:08
8. "Your Love Is So Strong" 3:00
9. "A Reflection" 2:37
10. "You Changed My Life" 3:25


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


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 180
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[8] 30
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[9] 16


  1. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2010-08-20). "Video: Thermals: "I Don't Believe You"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Personal Life by The Thermals". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. September 25, 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Tastemaker Albums". Billboard. September 25, 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "The Thermals – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Thermals.
  7. ^ "The Thermals – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for The Thermals.
  8. ^ "The Thermals – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for The Thermals.
  9. ^ "The Thermals – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for The Thermals.