Dye It Blonde
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From the opening pop gem "Weekend", a dumb but catchy number, through to the closing "Dye the World ", the Smith Westerns balance economical yet hummable guitar riffs with soaring vocals, while the dependable rhythm section pounds away like an overeager 60's rock band. "Fallen In Love" rocks with such a youthful innocence that it would have worked on the Beatles' "Rubber Soul", especially thanks to the short burst of George Harrison sounding guitar which amounts to a solo; only to be followed by "End of the Night", which is not too far from the Bay City Rollers "S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. Night" in its ability to ignite a sense of unadulterated pop giddiness. "Dance Away" runs through several different genres in under three minutes, highlighted by a K.C. and the Sunshine Band inspired, bass driven groove.
Basically, every song evokes connections with other bands without coming off as derivative or as imitators. This is a fun, exciting album that seems to get better with each listen, and while the Smith Westerns don't seem to be wanting to break any new ground, what they are doing with the previously tread upon ground is highly catch and worth a listen.
And if you have heard their earlier stuff, you will be surprised by how much they have cleaned up their sound. Gone is the "put reverb on everything" approach they took in the past.
This is the perfect album to get you through the winter, and you will likely listen all summer as well.
with a bouncy Bolan-esque feel; while adding some big, epic, swirly mid-tempo melodies, a bit of
classic 60s sensibility and seriously upping the production values. It's a place where addictive
pop hooks shine & harmonies abound with a fresh, youthful energy. Reminiscent of T. Rex, Free
Energy, Beatles, Teenage Fan Club, Nikki Sudden, Nobunny.
Dye It Blonde sounds like an album by a group of younger-than-twenty-somethings, but not necessarily ones who were born in the early 90s. Smith Westerns sound as though they listened more to their parents' LPs than to their own CDs or MP3s.
Musically, rambunctious guitars and swirling organs give the songs a sturdy backbone. The lyrics on the album are never particularly deep, but are sometimes deceptively shallow. I mean that as a compliment. The lyrics to The New Pornographers' "Letter From an Occupant" are mostly stupid, but Neko Case delivers them so convincingly that one cannot help but forgive them and sing along. Something similar can be said for songs like "All Die Young", on which lead singer Cullen Omori clearly has something meaningful to say even if he cannot find the strongest enough words to say it.
If nothing else, listeners should admire Dye It Blonde for its consistency. "Weekend", the first track, is enjoyable but kind of dumb. However, all of the songs from "Still New" (track #2) to "Smile" (track #8) are pretty darn good, and equally so. If you like one of them, you will probably like them all. This is not to mention "Dye the World", which ends the album on a more assuring note than the song preceding it--the trite "Dance Away"--would have.Read more ›
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Sounded great! A lot of modern vinyls are just ported versions of the digital mastering. This one sounds just like the way they used to be!Published 9 months ago by Eric McAnulty
This is one of those albums that came out of the blue and knocked me down. I initially purchased it for "Weekend", the catchy lead single. Read morePublished 14 months ago by FanOSound
suuuper underrated band. some of the best beatle-esque pop music i've ever heard. not a bad song on the whole thing.Published 18 months ago by Will Boelts
For an American Band I was very impressed. You usually do not find verity like this inside our boarders. Also it has some kind of something for every musical group. Great stuffPublished on October 22, 2012 by Mostly_Magic
These guys have great potential with 'dye it blonde' becoming one of my favorite albums of summer .Their sound is similarly related to david bowie (in my opinion) but with a 21... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Felipe D.
If Oasis learned how to loosen up and be young again, this would be their album. Hummable tunes, good vocals, "wall of sound"-type production, this CD is a hoot to listen to. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by AudioMaven
on paper i should love this record.
people have dropped all the right references'"T-Rex", "crunchy power pop", "glam inspired", etc. Read more