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Smoke

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Headlines
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In The Club
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New Violence
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Going Down
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Smoke
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The Shadow
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Danger
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I Want Candy
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Fleetwood Crack
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Route To Palm
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Lice in the Rainbow
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 39:11

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Catchy and Interesting

taymtsan

This a great record. The songs engage you right away and they aren't boring. There's lot going on with different instruments and some electronic stuff. Lots of cool ryhtms interspersed with catchy melodies.

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I say get it

therealyoungblood

Firstly, this is a bit of a challenging record. However, it is actually really good once you adjust to the sound. The songs are simple and catchy, but still quite creative. Also the vocals slightly remind me of T. Rex (compliment). Tracks 1-6 are the strongest, but almost all are worth it. Skip the I Want Candy cover. It's no less obnoxious than the original. Just a really pour cover selection. Also skip track 11... pointless noise.

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Catchy tunes

dbw25

Gotta disagree with SexualPolak; I would say the album is very well produced. The tunes and beats are simple, certainly, but the sound is bright and clear, as pop should be, in my opinion anyway. Just one note, save yourself a download and skip the last track; it's 'experimental' in the worst sense of the word. Leave that stuff to Stockhausen.

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Speaking Of Montreal...

srlpatents

Can this guy do an Outback commercial? I am sure, because he sounds just like Of Montreal, minus some of the sheer jubilance. Interested enough to go see him live in Boston - but please note it's free.

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good stuff!

brendaninsunnyside

I like this album alot...great beats, cohesive feel...not a song on here is bad. Especially like tracks 1 and 3....

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Save your downloads

SexualPolak

Some of the songs on the album contain a good idea but none fully develope into anything worth while. The beat production is poor as well as the vocals that need to be run through effects to make up for poor singing abilities. I also saw these guys live in Chicago recently, their video backdrop was the only thing that stopped me from leaving.

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Joe Williams may be based in Cleveland and New York City, but Smoke shows that White Williams’ heart resides in a fantasy version of ’70s England, where glam rock, punk, electronics, and sleaze, detachment, and wit reign supreme. White Williams’ music has drawn comparisons to contemporaries from Beck to Vampire Weekend, but the inclusive playfulness of Brian Eno’s early solo albums feels like a more relevant touchstone for this album’s friendly experimentalism — like Eno, Williams combines the really weird and the really poppy so that they complement each other instead of competing with each other. “In the Club” pairs gritty, glittery glam rock guitars and electro-pop irony so that they sound perfect, and perfectly natural together; “Danger” takes glam’s infamous slow shuffle beat and surrounds it with short-circuiting synths. Smoke’s palette of sounds is pretty remarkable, with guitars that shimmy, bounce, and buzz colliding with oddly childlike backing vocals and synths that sparkle and crackle. Everything sounds like it’s been slicked in oil or wrapped in spandex, to the point where “Going Down”‘s paranoid pop feels as though it could slip right off the album. It’s Smoke’s nonstop catchiness that makes it really special, however. Though “Lice in the Rainbow” closes the album with a burst of streaky and insectoid synths, even this tangent hovers around the length of a classic pop song. Meanwhile, “Route to Palm” and “Fleetwood Crack” have winsome melodies that feel strangely familiar, and make the sexily aloof cover of “I Want Candy” blend in even more seamlessly with the rest of Smoke. “Headlines” could be a long-lost single from the late ’70s, while “New Violence”‘s glistening new wave finds inspiration from just a few years later. Crucially, though, Smoke never sounds dated or rehashed — instead, it’s a fresh, consistently creative, and consistently listenable debut. – Heather Phares

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