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
ReleasedMay 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)
RecordedOctober 2002 – March 2003
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival
ProducerTony Hoffer
The Thrills chronology
So Much for the City
Let's Bottle Bohemia
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
The Independent4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceC[11]

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,[12] 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,[13] and gave them some attention in Europe, with the single "Big Sur" reaching #17 in the UK,[13] 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:

Those songs are our ways of picking us up because we were kind of miserable. We were dropped by our label. And the towns are put [in the songs] as a way of escapism, as opposed to documenting little tales about what happened when we went there. When we put in a title like "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)," it would literally pick us up a bit.[14]

The album was nominated for the 2003 Mercury Prize but lost to Dizzee Rascal's Boy in da Corner.[15]


The album was included in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

The song "Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" was named by Q Magazine at number 550 on their list of the 1001 best songs ever made.[17]

The song "Say It Ain't So" appeared on US President George W. Bush's iPod in 2005.[18]

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



  1. ^ "Reviews for So Much For The City by The Thrills". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ Lhote, Morgane. "So Much for the City – The Thrills". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ Brunner, Rob (15 August 2003). "Rating the contenders for Britain's top music prize". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ Peschek, David (27 June 2003). "The Thrills: So Much for the City". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Album: The Thrills". The Independent. 27 June 2003. Archived from the original on 30 June 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (26 October 2003). "When Irish eyes are California dreamin'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (21 July 2003). "The Thrills: So Much for the City". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  8. ^ "The Thrills: So Much for the City". Q (204): 112. July 2003.
  9. ^ Hoard, Christian (27 November 2003). "The Thrills: So Much For The City". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  10. ^ Wood, Mikael (December 2003). "The Thrills: So Much for the City". Spin. 19 (12): 131–33. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (25 May 2004). "Consumer Guide: Anti-Gravitational Boots". The Village Voice. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  12. ^ The Thrills - So Much For The City - Music Charts
  13. ^ a b "The Thrills". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  14. ^ "Interview: Conor Deasy of The Thrills". 2004-05-19. Archived from the original on 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  15. ^ " Music Prize Nominations And Winners". Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  16. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  17. ^ " Q - 1001 Best Ever Songs". Q Magazine.
  18. ^ Bumiller, Elisabeth (2005-04-11). "White House Letter:President Bush's iPod". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-18.