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Dye It Blonde

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Weekend
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Still New
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Imagine Pt. 3
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All Die Young
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Fallen In Love
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End of the Night
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Only One
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Smile
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Dance Away
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Dye The World
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 35:23

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As Catchy As You'll Hear All Year

DudeItsHardArt

Yes. My review title rhymed. I saw these guys live and I'm sold. This IS power-pop, but power-pop that sounds like you're right outside the venue about to go inside and the only barrier between you and the venue is a 5/8" thick velvet curtain. Perfect mid-fi pop.

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BUY IT NOW.

Smooooooooo

This album is great. These songs are just so epic in each of their own ways. The Beatles-esque guitars and vocals with the creamy synths and the smooth basslines. Just awesome. Standout tracks: All Die Young, Imagine Pt. 3, Weekend. Get all those tracks. DO IT.

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waaaahhh!

hecubus13

Disappointed1963, go download your flogging molly records from itunes then...and maybe talk about smith westerns in your reviews of Smith Westerns' records. BTW this album is really good but overhyped.

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Derivative? yes

mikemos

I agree they are derivative, but to me they steal from the 80's indie scene. While it's not bad, it sounds like all the other indie-pop music that's out there right now. IMHO we are way too saturated with this right now. If people still made records, this would be in the cutout bin in 6 months.

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Missing it

BTH

I do not understand all the acclaim Smith Westerns is getting. To me, they sound derivative of bands derivative of the Beatles. Save your downloads. Go listen to any Beatles album; you will be more satisfied and still have your downloads left.

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youth is served

djform

Yes, you'll be reminded of Teenage Fanclub, Oasis, the Beatles, and seventies bands like The Records and the Raspberries but you can't resist the power and melodic beauty of these songs. Reminds me of the days when groups released concise 10-song albums filled with great songs. No drop off in quality here. Like Avi Buffalo, so far beyond their years.

eMusic Features

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Six Degrees of T. Rex’s The Slider

By Austin L. Ray, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of T. Rex’s The Slider

By Austin L. Ray, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Who Are…Smith Westerns

By Sean Fennessey, Contributor

The biggest knock against Smith Westerns isn't so much a knock as a bitter pill: They're young. The Chicago trio's second album, the ambitious Dye It Blonde, was recorded when their members were 19 years old or younger, though you'd be hard-pressed to tell. And there are youthful sentiments — love and pain and distance and near-misses — but there's a clarity of sound, a kind of veteran intelligence, that surprises. The band's self-titled debut, released… more »

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Smith Westerns’ self-titled debut album had all the scruffy charm of a bunch of high school kids bashing out ultra-catchy rock & roll tunes in their garage and recording it on a boom box. Which it basically was. The record had all kinds of rambunctious energy, glitter pop hooks, and lo-fi appeal. The question on the follow-up is whether or not moving to a more professional recording setup would sap the power and individuality out of the group’s sound. Luckily, Dye It Blonde is just as rowdy and full of life, only this time you can hear what’s going on a lot better. Where a lot of the debut sounded like T. Rex in a teacup (or a tornado), this record goes for more of a budget Mott the Hoople approach. Lots of midtempo ballads with singalong choruses, pounding piano, and swooping organ, and a loose, frayed-around-the-edges, boys-together feel place the album firmly in the Mott style. The production by Chris Coady plays up the strengths of the band like the boyish lead vocals, the super hooky choruses, and the great guitar work. Everything blends together perfectly without sounding glossy or overcooked, and the guitar tone is especially nice, totally overdriven but super compressed with plenty of punch. Of course a sound without songs is like a pretty homebaked cake that tastes like Dolly Madison, and the band deliver a batch of them here that make the total package quite tasty. The rockers like “Weekend,” “Dance Away,” and “Imagine, Pt.3″ have a pleasing swagger, the midtempo tracks (like “Fallen in Love” and “End of the Night”) bounce along happily, and the ballads have all kinds of ragged soul. Sounding both end-of-the-night epic and heartbreakingly sad, these songs provide some depth that the first record didn’t have. Along with the Mott reference, they also conjure up the heavily starved ghosts of Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks. Dye It Blonde may be a step away from the lo-fi bedroom sound toward the mainstream, but it’s a small step, and they retain more than enough of the songcraft and attitude to keep things interesting. Anyone who liked the debut and was filled with apprehension about what would happen next will be pleasantly surprised, and might even end up liking this record more. – Tim Sendra

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