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.
First heard them live (on the radio) at that Austin festival and remembered them, they were so good. Bought the album unheard, based on that performance and have been well-rewarded.
Personal Highlights: All Die Young, End of The Night, Only One, Dance Away, and Dye The World
Dye The World, the last track on the album, is probably my favorite on here. It feels like you are exploding, finally released from your skin, and going everywhere. The lyrics are great "Are you a dream or something in between? Is this fantasy? Or am I just lucky? Dye the whole world blonde" then they shred it.
If you are reading this, modern technology has made listening to this music easy prior to purchase, so I urge you to check it out. When I say this is one of my favorite records in the last 5 years, I don't take that statement lightly. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is fantastic garage rock. The quality of the recording is stunning and it plays very well on my turntablePublished 6 days ago by John
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 16 months ago by Eric McAnulty
suuuper underrated band. some of the best beatle-esque pop music i've ever heard. not a bad song on the whole thing.Published on July 22, 2014 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.
on paper i should love this record.
people have dropped all the right references'"T-Rex", "crunchy power pop", "glam inspired", etc. Read more
In every review every written for Smith Westerns, three things are mentioned.
1) They're young. 2) They were influenced by Nuggets. Read more