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An ecclectic, poignant, humorous, and intelligent collection of songs from one of L.A.'s favorite independent singer/songwriters. Includes songwriting collaborations with Grammy Award winning writers Dennis Matkosky and Gary Harrison, and production contributions from David Darling (Meredith Brooks/Brian Setzer/Boxing Gandhis), and Evan Frankfort (Wallflowers/The Muffs/Jayhalks/Melodine).

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"...one of the best independent artists to emerge in recent years." -- Indie Monkey, April 2003

"Her writing is insightful and poignant. Her stage presence is utterly unforgettable, and her musicianship is flawless." -- David Lawrence, Net Music Countdown, December 2002

"I'm So Sad" and "Jamie" are two of the best modern pop-rock songs you will hear in 2003" -- Pop Matters, April 2003

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: JamCat Records
  • ASIN: B000086G0N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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True talent shines.... Shine on Cindy!
Gary Smorzewski
This is a great album you will want to listen to over and over from the first song to the last.
Mark H
Cindy Alexander is probably one the best singer/songwriters around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Smorzewski on February 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The last band/album I picked as a cover to cover was
LIVE, Throwing Copper.
There haven't been many ,if any, since except possibly
Steve Earle's Jerusalem.
This album however has me back in good spirits singing
along with every tune, and I can say this will be my next pick.
The production is also first rate and shows the beauty
of not having the Music Machine dictating how the songs sound.
This can only be done when the artist has a choice on
what to record and how to record it.
Being the rocker I am at heart, Christian Nesmith's tracks are some of the best I have heard.
These songs are standouts for me. But the whole album and it's diversity tend to keep me listening over and over.
This one's a keeper and should catapult Cindy into the
spotlight she so much deserves.
I could go on and on however, you cannot read a record
album, so go buy a copy and listen to it already.
True talent shines.... Shine on Cindy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vito Minerva on November 29, 2003
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Cindy Alexander is an incredible tunesmith; every song she writes is catchy and grabs your attention from the first listening. The average quality being so high, it's difficult (if not impossible) to find stand-outs in her albums. Depending on your mood, you'll opt for the rock, energy-filled sound of Carnival Junkie, Idiot Child, Right On and the like or go for her more "diva"-like songs, often accompanied on the piano, such as 818, Tour Song and Only Love.
As the album's title suggests, though, the "smash" attitude is prevalent and her sophomore effort rocks more than her debut. In fact, with Smash she seems to have finally found the musical territory where she feels comfortable. Expect more high-octane, "to-be-played-loud" music from her future releases.
While I appreciate this development, nevertheless I miss the variety of her previous album. There, you could find more laid back songs (Time Falling Down, Better Than I Am, I See Stars), but also a funky piece of over six minutes (the fabulous Dresden, which literally gives you the feeling of what being exhausted truly is: just listen to it and you'll agree with me). To further prove my point, See Red also contains a song verging on country (Joei) and more accompaniments on piano (Prophet, I See Stars, City Astronaut), while I'm OK, Sick of Myself and In My Box in a way anticipate her recent movement towards more high-energy sounds.
I hope she will reconcile her drive to power pop with her natural eclecticism in the next album; then, she'll be a real 5-star artist.
To go back to the great tunesmith she is: she can even afford to leave out of Smash two great songs (and, by the way, two of my favourite) like Can't Take It All and Immortal ! (Go to mp3.com to listen to them).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2003
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This CD left me pleasantly surprised from the first to last tracks! Cindy is a real song-smith, the musicianship is excellent, and the arrangements and production are intriguing. This is a very balanced CD!
I'm difficult to please when it comes to music (and female vocalists in particular), and rarely does a CD strike me as excellent from the first spin. But "Smash" leaves me very pleased indeed!
Stand out tracks for me are "Right On," "Smash," "Jamie," "I'm So Sad (That You're Happy," "Masterpiece," and "Your Song."
Nancy J
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gray on February 4, 2003
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Did your lover let all the emotional baggage get in the way of happiness? Are you a magnet for side show relations and tilt-a-whirl romance? Do you know that person who's afraid of everything they ever wanted? We all know these characters or admittedly may even be one of them. SMASH is an album filled with these faces and other assorted character goodies
Cindy Alexander shows "we all got problems of our own" (Idiot Child) with her new roller coaster rock n roll record.
Cindy Alexander is the songwriter you wish you could be. Sure the characters and tales are deep and introspective, but dont forget the music. The melodies and vocals soar, the guitars blast, and the drums crush (smash?). Anyone can analyze but it takes a songwriter/performer like Cindy Alexander to kick your ... and make you want to shake it all at the same time.
"Welcome to my open house.." (Masterpiece) the line that starts the record off. Cindy seems to say here I am, and accept that I am closer to perfection because of or as a result of my mistakes and flaws. The beauty is in the details; the rest of the songs to follow.
I dont need to tell you what my favorite tracks are (there is NO filler on this album). It should be your job to figure out which are your favorites. I can muster a thousand cliches to tell everyone what you're missing if you dont own this album, but in truth you're only missing out on the most important a valid voice in Los Angeles today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
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Finally....finally a woman who can sing without whining, who can find depth of soul while still being able to poke fun at herself or a situation, who can sing/play an instrument/write her own material, and who is not afraid to be who she is: a phenomenal artist who we can all relate to. She's not a fabricated pop star, but rather, the "real deal." SMASH is a stellar collection of well crafted tunes, brilliantly performed and produced. Avril LaVigne, Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton fans listen up - this girl may be an independent artist but she's more than worthy of being on the radio in this sort of company. "Masterpiece," an ode to the imperfections in all of us, is more rock than I've heard Cindy in the past, but a perfect fit to the strength and edge to her voice. The beauty of the upper tones in her register shines on "Jamie," wonderfully produced by Michael Lord. And I dare you to find a more perfect note than the soaring end of "Idiot Child" or a more engaging and emotional performance than that of "Tour Song." Lyrically there are few who play in the same ball park as Cindy Alexander. "Molly Malones has her share of ghosts. I've seen 'em fly out from the microphone. They sing through my body, and they leave their songs behind, of lovers and losers and passerbys." Musically, she's an angel. The melodies will linger, if not completely haunt you. Cindy, if you're the messenger, I'll listen to whatever you have to say.
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