The Body, the Blood, the Machine

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The Body, The Blood, The Machine
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Studio album by The Thermals
Released August 22, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie rock, punk rock
Length 35:47
Label Sub Pop
Producer Brendan Canty
The Thermals chronology
Fuckin A
(2004)Fuckin A2004
The Body, The Blood, The Machine
Now We Can See
(2009)Now We Can See2009

The Body, the Blood, the Machine is The Thermals' third album. The album was released on August 22, 2006 on Sub Pop Records, and was produced by Fugazi's Brendan Canty. According to the band's official website, "the album tells the story of a young couple who must flee a United States governed by fascist faux-Christians."


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (A)[3]
Drowned in Sound (6/10)[4]
NME (8/10)[5]
The Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[7]
PopMatters (8/10)[8]
Robert Christgau A−[9]
Stylus Magazine (B)[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[11]

The music review online magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Body, the Blood, the Machine at number 186 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written & arranged by Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster

No. Title Length
1. "Here's Your Future" 2:28
2. "I Might Need You to Kill" 2:27
3. "An Ear for Baby" 3:36
4. "A Pillar of Salt" 2:57
5. "Returning to the Fold" 2:39
6. "Test Pattern" 3:27
7. "St. Rosa and the Swallows" 3:34
8. "Back to the Sea" 4:47
9. "Power Doesn't Run on Nothing" 5:14
10. "I Hold the Sound" 4:38


  • Produced by Brendan Canty
  • Recorded at Supernatural Sound, Oregon City, Oregon
  • Assisted by Pete Tewes
  • Mixed by Frank Marchand III at Waterford Digital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Design by The Thermals with help from Dusty Summers
  • Jesus painting by Jon Daly