Let's Bottle Bohemia

Let's Bottle Bohemia

by The Thrills

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These Dubliners turned plenty of heads with their sun-kissed debut, So Much for the City, a disc that distilled the gossamer sounds of bands like the Beach Boys and Love into a sort of postmodern oceanside campfire sing-along. While the basic elements -- chiming guitars and


These Dubliners turned plenty of heads with their sun-kissed debut, So Much for the City, a disc that distilled the gossamer sounds of bands like the Beach Boys and Love into a sort of postmodern oceanside campfire sing-along. While the basic elements -- chiming guitars and sighing harmonies -- remain the same, Let's Bottle Bohemia has a darker, less guileless tenor than its predecessor. Frontman Conor Deasy seems rather preoccupied with the band's success, which provides fodder for songs like the piano-driven roots reclamation "You Can't Fool Friends with Limousines" and the airy "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?," a cautionary tale about not believing your own hype. A surfeit of strings and offbeat arrangements buoy several selections -- notably the swooning "The Irish Keep Gate Crashing," which Van Dyke Parks steers through some choppy waters -- but Deasy is undeniably the star attraction. His voice, more burnished now than on the band's debut, adds heft to the somber ballad "Not for All the Love in the World," while his hyperliterate lyrics convey a creeping world-weariness that stops just short of hand-wringing, making for a Bottle that's sure to intoxicate.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Thrills' debut record, So Much for the City, lived up to the band's name and then some. Thrilling, epic, fun, funny, and at times brilliant, it was a debut that seemed difficult to follow, and indeed, Let's Bottle Bohemia can't quite live up to its promise. It's a good little rock & roll record, though. The songs are concise and melodic, Conor Deasy's voice still breathlessly winds its way into your heart, and the band still sounds tight and wire-sharp as before. There are quite a few killer songs, too, like "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," which opens the disc with a rollicking blast of rock & roll fervor; "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?," a bouncing pop song built on a funky keyboard line and bolstered by a Van Dyke Parks-arranged string section; the melancholy ballad "Not for All the Love in the World"; and the swirling "The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing." What is missing is the sense of wide-eyed wonder and excitement, both from the band and for the listener. The band wrote the record while touring and, like many conceived that way, the lyrics are a little forced and uninspired, the subjects not as immediately interesting as the California worship of So Much. The record is helmed by D. Sardy (who has worked with bands like Bush, Marilyn Manson, and System of a Down), and he manages to pull off the deadly combo of over-produced and under-arranged. The songs are very slick sounding and most lack the little instrumental hooks and dynamic shifts that, again, made the debut so much fun to listen to. The listener can't get quite as worked up both because the band is no longer new and because the record is so obviously cut from the same cloth as So Much for the City, only now the cloth is a little faded. Still, a faded Thrills disc is more exciting and invigorating than 98 percent of the records out there, and there's absolutely nothing for the band to be ashamed of on Let's Bottle Bohemia. If this was their first album, people would be gushing over it, proclaiming that the Thrills are full of promise, a band to watch, and all those other clichés pop writers love so much. So take this for what it's worth: a really good record by a potentially great rock & roll band.

Product Details

Release Date:
Virgin Int'l


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thrills   Primary Artist
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion,Conductor
Mark Berrow   Violin
Peter Buck   Guitar,Mandolin
Michel Colombier   Conductor
Caroline Dale   Celli
David Emanuel   Violin
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Anthony Pleeth   Celli
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Ben Chappell   Celli
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Daniel Ryan   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Perry Mason   Violin
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Simon Fischer   Violin
Helen Hathorn   Violin
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Ben Carrigan   Percussion,Drums
Conor Deasy   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Kevin Horan   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Christopher Clad   Violin
Pádraic McMahon   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Peter Hanson   Violin

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,String Arrangements
Thrills   Composer
Michel Colombier   String Arrangements
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Jeff Moses   Engineer
Dave Sardy   Audio Production
D. Sardy   Producer
Greg Gordon   Engineer
Daniel Ryan   Composer
Ross Garfield   Drum Technician
Ben Carrigan   Composer
Conor Deasy   Composer
Kevin Horan   Composer
Pádraic McMahon   Composer
Danzig Baldaev   Illustrations

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