I try to come at new releases—be it music, literature, film, or television—with low expectations. If something is good, I can appreciate it that much more. If something is so-so, then I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time. I really liked Atlantic Thrills’ Day at the Beach 7” from last year and was really looking forward to a full-length, but when I got this record, I gotta say I was disappointed. The psychedelic-ish cover isn’t necessary and the tunes just didn’t hit me like that first 7”. They’re derivative and middle-of-the road at best. Atlantic Thrills’ take on ‘60s rock’n’roll is seen through a Black Lips prism, which is different than say viewing ‘60s rock’n’roll through the same prism the Black Lips do (see “Acid Rain.”) And it seems that every song is the same—”we like to get high.” That’s all well and good, but it’s like hanging out with that one friend who doesn’t talk about anything else but getting high, which gets old quick.
–Sal Lucci (Almost Ready)