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Released in 2004, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” was the second studio album by Irish rock band The Thrills. Following the success of their debut album “So Much for the City”, the band had a lot to live up to with their sophomore effort. Fortunately, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” proved to be another critical and commercial success for the band, and cemented their place as one of the most exciting Irish rock bands of the mid-2000s.
From the opening track “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” to the closing track “The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing”, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” is an album that showcases The Thrills’ ability to craft memorable hooks and melodies, while also exploring deeper themes and emotions. The album’s sound is heavily influenced by classic rock and roll, with nods to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, but The Thrills’ unique songwriting and arrangements make the album feel fresh and modern.
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One of the standout tracks on the album is “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?”, a wistful and nostalgic tribute to the ’80s teen movie star that perfectly captures the sense of longing and loss that runs throughout the album. Another highlight is “Not for All the Love in the World”, a driving rock song that showcases the band’s energy and musicianship.
In retrospect, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” stands as a testament to The Thrills’ talent and vision as a band. While they would go on to release two more albums before going on hiatus in 2008, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia” remains the album that best captures the band’s spirit and essence. With its catchy hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and timeless sound, it’s an album that still holds up today, nearly 20 years after its release.
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