Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Smithereens Are Back In A Big Way
A few years ago, "The Smithereens 11" had been calling my name from the CD shelf. This was a record that I played to the point of sickness, so it was relegated to the "never wanna hear it again" portion of my brain. I wrote about the rediscovery for Huffington. It's HERE. (No mention of Radiohead anywhere, so only two people commented.)
Since the release of "11," The Smithereens have released one too many uninspired records, almost all of which have been misguided "theme" records:
"Meet The Smithereens," where they play "Meet The Beatles."
"The Smithereens Play Tommy" where they play "Tommy."
"Christmas With The Smithereens" where they also play "Tommy."
(Okay, kidding, but you get my drift.)
Today, the Jersey boys are back with "Smithereens 2011," a record that picks up nicely from where "11" left off. Clocking in at a comfortable 45 minutes, "Smithereens 2011" is power pop at its finest. Pat DiNizio voice even sounds younger than it has on the last few albums. Maybe this return to form has something to do with Don Dixon and Mitch Easter back in the producer's and engineer's chairs. Or maybe, the creative juices have had enough rest after years of cover albums. Whatever it is, The Smithereens are back in a big way.
Go get this record now!