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Golden Smog's new release in a 8 song mini-album. It features 6 new original songs as well as 2 covers. They include a David Bowie song and a Dinosaur Jr. classic.

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With two releases in less than a year, should Golden Smog still be considered a side project? On this follow-up to Another Fine Day, the Minneapolis offshoot of the Jayhawks (Gary Louris, Marc Perlman), Soul Asylum (Dan Murphy), and Run Westy Run (Kraig Johnson) indulge in pop Anglophilia and '70s nostalgia, Mellotron, and synthesizer, as the mini-album includes covers of David Bowie's "Starman" and Dinosaur Jr.'s "Tarpit," along with originals that have the freewheeling spirit of a busman's holiday. Cuts that might not fit with their former/regular bands include "Scotch on Ice," a yearning ballad about an inhumanly compliant sex partner (device?), and "Magician," a cheesy instrumental. Yet the folkish, harmonica-laced "Without a Struggle" would have sounded just fine on a Jayhawks album, and the buoyant propulsion and lush harmonies of "Can't Even Tie Your Own Shoes" shows the band playing for keeps. (Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, an occasional Smogger, was sidelined for these sessions.) --Don McLeese

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listen  1. Can't Even Tie Your Own Shoes (Album Version) 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Starman (Album Version) 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Look At You Now (Album Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Scotch On Ice (Album Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Magician (Album Version) 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Without A Struggle (Album Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tarpit (Album Version) 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Insecure/Morse Code (Album Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000O5BP78
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Kid on August 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just a quick response to those trashing this disc as "disappointing" and/or "bad sound quality and content". Are we listening to the same disc? I find it thoroughly enjoyable, perhaps with the exception of the last song "Insecure" which sounds to me like a bad (i.e.: any) Violent Femmes song. But these guys obviously don't take themselves seriously and neither do I. In fact, part of what draws me to the Smog is their ability to mix so many different genres in the same song set and pull it off so effectively. With "Insecure", they were just going for a genre that I'm not into- that's all. But in my opinion, the rest of the disc is solid- right up there with Down by the Old Mainstream and Wierd Tales, more cohesive than Another Fine Day and 1000% better than On Golden Smog (also made without Tweedy, I believe). I guess I just have a hard time understanding how a "fan" of this band could write a bad review of this disc. What exactly did you expect? Maybe you were thinking of Golden Earring?? I know my expectations as a mostly Wilco/Tweedy fan were completely exceeded. I recommend that others disregard the bad reviews, shell out the full price for the half-disc and make your own judgement. I think you'll be happy you didn't pass this one up because of some disgruntled "disappointed fans". The only reason I can't give it 5 stars (aside from the inclusion of "Insecure") is the album length (or lack thereof).
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on April 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let me put this review in context...it's been "one of those days." Faced the end of a relationship, had a particularly rough day at work, saw several household appliances quit on me, and smashed my finger in a door. My 30th birthday is impending and I'm kind of in a weird place thinking about the significance of this. This is the kind of night when a guy needs a drink.

But this wasn't just any day, and in the back of my mind I knew it through all the various pitfalls I experienced. I knew above all else that today saw the release of yet ANOTHER new Golden Smog disc, following Another Fine Day less than a year ago. After eight years of dormancy, The Smog has treated us to a second slice of pecan pie, somewhat slimmer but no less savory. I ended this awful day by driving up the coast right after sunset to the local indie record shop where this beauty was just waiting for me. The moment "Can't Even Tie Your Own Shoes" came on the car stereo, I knew everything was gonna be just fine.

This band possesses a special magic, a kind of feel-good vibe that pervades all of their songs no matter how depressing the subject matter. Even the suicide ballad "Making Waves" on 1998's Weird Tales disc provides a warm, sympathetic delivery that is comfortable and reassuring. This magic is in full force on the new E.P.

Perhaps it's the shorter format or the fact that several of these songs are outtakes, but this disc yields a looser feel than "Another Fine Day," hearkening back to their earlier sound while preserving some of the band's nascent post-Tweedy-power-pop influences. The Bowie and Dinosaur Jr. covers, for example, wouldn't sound so out of place among the other covers on the 1989 debut "On Golden Smog" despite the slightly more polished production here.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Fischer on June 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Content aside, just for the fact that a gathering of these folks is not going to produce poor quality music, but the length is so short that I don't think it meets modern day E.P. cd specifications. The price should have been at least halfed. Because that's what they delivered. And I think that's a stretch.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on July 7, 2007
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For me it's worth it for Gary Louris' take on "Starman". I also love the poppiness of "Look at you Now". Notice a trend here? Granted, the Gary Louris tracks are the best here, but it's an enjoyable CD, probably not for the casual fan, but if you're a Golden Smog fan, as I am, you want everything these guys have and will do.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Douglas on July 20, 2007
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First of all, if you ding Golden Smog for having done a couple of covers on it, then you clearly don't understand them, their reason for getting together in the first place, and music in general. You obviously have no grasp of their history as a band. Thier first album was done ENTIRELY of covers. This group is a side project for all involved, and when you sign on for the experience, and pays your monies, you takes what you gets. This album is fun, and damn good, and the ONLY reason it doesn't get 5 stars from me, unlike Another Fine Day, is that it is that I wish it were longer. Thank god (tm) they continue to make music in an era when no talent clowns like Justin Timberlake are allowed to assault us with their particular brand of dreck, MTV kids with gnat-like attention spans want all their music on their cell phones and you can't make a dime selling CD's. 'Nuff said.
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