The Thermals have tackled subject matter as hefty as Armageddon and the afterlife, but on Personal Life they turn their focus more inward, toward that pesky little thing called love. The Thermals rarely ever go soft on us, always kicking out head-beating punk jams and stinging us with lyrics like "you only exist to be replaced" and "I'm cut for you if only to make you feel small." Yet somehow they always give us a moral to their story. Coming out boasting "I'm Gonna Change Your Life," they end up closing with "You changed my life, you proved me wrong." Maybe they are just softies after all.