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.
This album should really have been called Let's Battle Insomnia, in honour of its sedative properties. It's a fitting soft-rock sequel to the Irish quintet's perversely popular debut, So Much for the City. Recorded in the band's adoptive Los Angeles, this one does offer sparkier lyrics ("I came to this city to build a mountain of envy, to marry a Kennedy") and a greater punch to Conor Deasy's wistful gasps, but only relative to the first album's listlessness.