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Golden Smog started in 1992 as a one-off project with the EP, On Golden Smog, followed by Down By the Old Mainstream in 1995 and 1998's Weird Tales. They have now returned after an eight year hiatus with the more-than-impressive album, Another Fine Day. Recorded mostly in Spain by Paco Loco, this album falls a little less alt-country and more on the power-pop side than previous releases. Melding the personality, musicianship and lyricism of these revered songwriters, Another Fine Day is an album of personal reflection and timeless optimism. It will find its way into your head, heart, and ultimately it will save the world.
Jeff Tweedy might carry the name recognition, but the rest of his band-on-the-side carries the mail on the fourth release from this Midwest all-star group. Though the Wilco leader teams with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris on a pair of nimble pop songs--the elegantly strummed "Listen Joe" and Kinks cover "Strangers"--it's Louris who's clearly at the head of the class with self-assured vocals ("Another Fine Day," "Think About Yourself"), lush harmonies ("Long Time Ago") and those unmistakable guitar leads ("Frying Pan Eyes"). Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy's obligatory rocker "Hurricane" is a high point, as is the album's lead track "You Make It Easy," which has Kraig Johnson warbling over a thumping piano lead and chunky fuzz guitar. But most welcome among the 15 songs are two contributions from Louris's fellow Jayhawk Marc Perlman: the refreshing "Corvette" and "Cure for This," a '60s-speckled pop song sung by Muni Loco, the wife of producer Paco Loco and the first female to grace a recording by Golden Smog. --Scott HolterSee all Editorial Reviews
"Another Fine Day" marks the release of the second incarnation of the alt country supergroup Golden Smog. They have returned in strong form. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Silverstone
As good as it gets.. Better than "Stay Golden" the Greatest Hits CD..Published 3 months ago by milo mccowan
This is for people who have lives who are NOT obsessed with their own take on the Tweedy/Tupelo/Smog sub-cult. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Robert F. Mclean
I had such high hopes for this one! However, after about a dozen tries, I cannot stand this music. It is uninteresting and possibly contains the worst songwriting and lyrics I... Read morePublished on October 14, 2006 by K. Holland
Maybe a few more listens will help, but this album reminds me in a lot of ways of Bubble Gum music from the late 60's. Way too cute. After eight years I expected a lot more.Published on September 14, 2006 by Gary Hosmer
I'm revising my review of this record, having revisited it now almost 6 months on.
I come to Golden Smog looking for the kind of alt-country harmonies I loved on the... Read more