Published November 20, 2003.The ThrillsSo Much for the City(Virgin)With song titles such as “Big Sur,” “Hollywood Kids” and “Santa Cruz,” one would think The Thrills are from California; they’re from Dublin, Ireland. Although they live far from Cali’s warm, sandy beaches they do a great job of transporting the listener there. Like Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, the Thrills specialize in bright, sunny anthems with gorgeous vocal harmonies. Add slide guitar and intricate banjo picking and this is an album any fan of alt-country should own. —Johnston Farrow

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