Sunday, 16 October 2011

PRINTED WORDS / The Thrills and Patti Smith Compilations

Uncut | Take 173 | October 2011

The Thrills
2002-2007
EMI Catalogue
***
Going back to Big Sur with Dublin's lost psych-poppers
The title of this gathering of singles and favoured albums tracks reads like a headstone, and acts as a sad reminder of The Thrills' premature end. With a brand of Americana that melded Beach Boys-style melodies together with the melancholia of The Smiths, The Thrills were much more than a mere summertime band. "One Horse Town" and "Big Sur" - the easy West Coast grooves from 2003's Mercury-nominated debut So Much For The City - are still irresistible. Their later work, particularly "Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?", offers a similar warm exuberance, but with added maturity and string orchestration.
Kate Allen


MOJO | 215 | October 2011
Patti Smith
****
Outside Society
Sony CMG
Single disc comp selected by the high priestess herself, in no-nonsense chronological order from 1976's punk landmark Gloria to a 2004 sparse and countrified cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit. KA

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