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Soft Will

Smith Westerns Audio CD
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If, light years from now, people ever want a snapshot of youth and young manhood in 2011, they need look no further than Chicago trio Smith Westerns, for to listen to their music is to experience vicariously the reckless thrills and irrepressible energy of a new generation, distilled to its purest and most vital essence. Hell, even the title of their lustrous sophomore album “Dye it ... Read more in Amazon's Smith Westerns Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mom+Pop/What's Your Rupture
  • ASIN: B00CKA5CQA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 3am Spiritual
2. Idol
3. Glossed
4. XXIII
5. Fool Proof
6. White Oath
7. Only Natural
8. Best Friend
9. Cheer Up
10. Varsity

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
You have got to admire the Smith Westerns. This band from Chicago have plugged away improving from album to album with their mix of dreamy pop songs and hummable tunes. There is no showy post punk pushing the envelope with the Smith Westerns in fact if you were to find a British equivalent in terms of their music ethic then possibly the great Teenage Fanclub would come the closest. "Soft Will" is the bands thrid long player and their best yet. With summer around the corner and the threat of sunshine this album arrives at a particularly appropriate juncture. It is jam packed with harmonies and musical highs not least the lovely opener "3am Spiritual" where the band question that "It's easier to think you're dumb/Like you were/It's easier to think you're no fun/Who would know?". It is the type of song that Primal Scream aspire to in there poppier moments but never quite pull off. The following song "Idol" is even better with chunky guitar chords and infectious chorus that will burrow inside your brain like an old stoat.

Highlights abound throughout the album. The slight Oasis feel to great songs like "Best Friend" almost send you back to the halcyon days of that bands first two albums before the horrible Beady Eye and High Flying Birds came to pester us. The song "Glossed" alternatively has an almost Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd ambience to it and makes for an album standout. With so much to offer on the lyrical/melodic front the instrumental "XXIII" does seem slightly pointless but this small slip is rectified by the heartwarming "Varsity" with its echoes of Phoenix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1995 and all that! 29 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So then the summer of 1995 will go down as a hot and sunny one. The chart battle at the bank holiday weekend made headline news! Indie guitar pop is here to stay..............well it didn't of course. It evolved and re-evolved in many guises but it never quite had the innocent tunes and chart bothering success of the Britpop era.

Thank goodness that the Smith Westerns have a fascination with that period as their 3rd album would not look out of a place in a top album list of 1995. However before you all run to the hills thinking Gene are back with a new name, this album takes the template of the mid nighties and gives it a modern twist.......what am i kidding this is pure nostalgia

Every track has a tune and a great hook that makes you want to play it on repeat over and over again.

It nods to the 1990's but you can hear traces of 60's pop and even 70's prog, Take the track XXIII this it mirrors Pink Floyd's Great Gig In The Sky.

If you remember heading down the indie disco in your youth and dancing the night away this album will take you there!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trading Garage Skronk for Pop Finesse 10 July 2013
By J. Hubner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When you compare Smith Western's self-titled debut from 2009 with their brand new long player Soft Will the progression is pretty staggering. Going from a Nuggets-like lo fi overblown sound with songs such as "Dreams", "Boys Are Fine", and the Gary Glitter-meets-The Troggs "Girl In Love" to something like Soft Will's "Idol", a crisp, clean, 80s leaning pop track that hangs somewhere between NRBQ's "Little Floater" and dreamier moments of OMD, I can imagine some of those old school fans have to be a little put off. Me personally? I never jumped on the bandwagon back in 2009. I was too enthralled with Flaming Lips great freakout known as Embryonic to care about some kids from Chi-town recording on their dad's 4-track. But once Dye It Blonde came out in 2011 these brothers plus one got my attention. They cleaned up the fidelity and you could hear clearly that these guys love a good pop song and sweet melody. With Soft Will they have come full circle. Smith Westerns have said the hell with it and have made that completely ironic-free, heartfelt 80s-leaning pop record that they wanted to make way back in 2009 when they were still worrying about finals and graduating high school.

If you're honest with yourself, you knew this album was coming down the pike. Despite the tape hiss and overblown meters, that self-titled debut was brimming with pop hooks and harmony. You were just too enamored with the whole garage rock thing. They weren't that different from another up-and-comer in 2009, that Ty Segall guy. Where Segall remained in the grit and fuzz, Smith Westerns followed their inner Alan Parsons and decided to go all hi-fidelity. "3am Spiritual" is all melancholy strumming and minor key sad eyes before the keys come in and bring this song into some kind of alternate universe where the dBs were fronted by Chris Difford. It's all swishy guitars and big harmonies. This is an attention grabber of a track. "Idol" continues the no-nonsense pop charm and is one of the best pop songs I've heard in quite a long time. Here's pop music kids. Not your One Directions, or Taylor Swifts, or whatever is pumped out of a computer at 90,000 watts per channel. In that alternate universe where I don't lose my wallet at Cedar Point in 1992 "Idol" would be HUGE, and would be played ad nauseum on MTV 3. "Glossed" sounds like what George Harrison should've sounded like in 1983, with a nice little synth line floating just below the mix to give it a wistful quality. "XXIII" is indie rock piano balladry at its finest. Tears For Fears for the modern age. Procol Harum for the Willamsburg crowd. "Only Natural" is big and intimate all in one. Fans of Mikal Cronin's MCll will find much to love with this song. "Varsity" is all shimmering synths and head-in-the-clouds vocals. Yet another great song.

Sure, they're not gritty garage rock anymore. No more lo fi, meters-in-the-red fuzziness. But you know what? There's something quite refreshing about a band that says the heck with it and makes the record they want to make. Unabashed, earnest pop songs with all the emotional swelling that comes every time you watch the credits roll to a John Hughes film. This is a mixtape to first love, heartbreak, summer jams, saying "hello", and saying "goodbye".

These kids from Chi-town have my attention now. Roll credits.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Chilled-Out Album from Smith Westerns 29 Jun 2013
By Nick House - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It seems now that every week a new reverb-drenched indie band comes out. Just as you think you've mastered the catalogue of [Insert band name that includes a name of a place and a verb here], Pitchfork or whatever is promoting the sublime musical catalogue of [Insert band named after an animal here]. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the flood of new indie bands pouring forth from the internet, and it's tempting to simply shut them out and go back to listening to [band you listened to in high school who wouldn't be caught dead wearing cardigan sweaters]. However, there are good indie bands putting out quality music out there. One of those is Smith Westerns.
The Chicago based-band began as a three-piece garage band when Max Kakacek, and brothers Cullen Omori and Cameron Omori started to jam together while attending Northside College Preparatory School. Unlike millions of teenage garage bands, their dream ended up becoming reality, and they released their latest record, Soft Will on Mom + Pop records. The album is a dreamlike kaleidoscope of catchy pop, sounding a bit like what might happened if late Beatles-era John Lennon became the singer for The Cure.
Though the band is often linked with punk and garage music, the Beatles are an important musical reference point for Soft Will. The album is full of small touches that sound very "Beatles-esque." The beginning of "Best Friend" could be an amped-up version of "Across the Universe," and the piano break in "3AM Spiritual" could have come off The White Album or Sgt. Pepper's. The highlight of the album is "Idol." The song deals with the common experience of having a childhood hero, and wondering if that person is as good as you thought they were. Cullen Omori's nasally falsetto fits in perfectly with the driving chorus, which will be stuck in your head for weeks afterwards. Other standout tracks include the anthem "Varsity" and the guitar-riff driven "Best Friend."
The album only has two minor flaws. There's an instrument used in most of the songs, I believe an electric keyboard, that has this very "shimmery" sound. I happened to like it, but I can imagine some listeners being annoyed by it. The other minor flaw is that most of the songs sound the same, and most of them are slow. The songs are good enough, however, that it's easy enough to overlook this. Smith Westerns has crafted a solid indie-rock album, just in time for the summer. If you're looking for a new band, or want some music to chill by during the hot months of summer, pick up Soft Will by Smith Westerns.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smith Westerns trade their T. Rex-style glam for wistful balladry, with mixed--though admirable--results 27 Jun 2013
By Jack Tripper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chicago's Smith Westerns morphed from a bratty, rambunctious fusion of garage-rock and T. Rex-style glam/boogie on their 2009 debut, to all-out power-pop--with still a touch of the glam--on their 2011 followup, 'Dye It Blonde.' Now, with 'Soft Will,' they shift gears once again by going for a more laid-back, lush and dreamy sound, and while I admire any band that chooses to progress as opposed to repeating themselves, the results are somewhat of a mixed bag, at least for me. And "lush" and "dreamy" are a couple of my very favorite words when it comes to music.

The album begins with a quartet of great songs that seem to be a nice portent for the rest of the album, from the late-Beatles-esque arrangements of "3am Spiritual," to the dreamy jangle of both "Idol" and "Glossed," to the spaced-out, early 70's Floyd vibe of "XXII," which is, without a doubt, the best headphone-journey track here. The rest of the album, though it has its moments, never quite matches the heights of those first four tracks (until the end), mostly sticking to melancholy ballad territory that--while fine in smaller doses--does get somewhat tiring when listening to the album straight through. The album does end on a stellar note, however, with the symphonic, string-laden "Varsity," a song in which the melodic, driving lead bass lines are reminiscent of New Order, yet without ever sounding like a mere homage.

If there were one or two more just-plain-infectious moments like the aforementioned songs to replace a couple of the mid-level wistful ballads here, 'Soft Will' would have been undeniably excellent. As it is, it's still quite good in spots, and I imagine many music fans will find much here to enjoy. Anyone should know pretty quickly from listening to the samples whether this will be up their alley or not. Then again, sometimes music like this takes a while to sink in and truly appreciate. If that happens to me, I'll be sure to come back and amend my rather mixed review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smith Westerns - Major on straightforward enjoyment 24 July 2013
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
You have got to admire the Smith Westerns. This band from Chicago have plugged away improving from album to album with their mix of dreamy pop songs and hummable tunes. There is no showy post punk pushing the envelope with the Smith Westerns in fact if you were to find a British equivalent in terms of their music ethic then possibly the great Teenage Fanclub would come the closest. "Soft Will" is the bands thrid long player and their best yet. With summer around the corner and the threat of sunshine this album arrives at a particularly appropriate juncture. It is jam packed with harmonies and musical highs not least the lovely opener "3am Spiritual" where the band question that "It's easier to think you're dumb/Like you were/It's easier to think you're no fun/Who would know?". It is the type of song that Primal Scream aspire to in there poppier moments but never quite pull off. The following song "Idol" is even better with chunky guitar chords and infectious chorus that will burrow inside your brain like an old stoat.

Highlights abound throughout the album. The slight Oasis feel to great songs like "Best Friend" almost send you back to the halcyon days of that bands first two albums before the horrible Beady Eye and High Flying Birds came to pester us. The song "Glossed" alternatively has an almost Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd ambience to it and makes for an album standout. With so much to offer on the lyrical/melodic front the instrumental "XXIII" does seem slightly pointless but this small slip is rectified by the heartwarming "Varsity" with its echoes of Phoenix. Finally the sparser sounds of "White Oath" wet your appetite for future outings from this power pop quartet comprising singer-guitarist Cullen Omori, his brother and bassist Cameron, guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich. There is nothing groundbreaking or radical about "Soft Will" (some may also sorely miss the previous T Rex inflections) but it confirms real progression for this solid band who are coming of age. It also reminds us of far more wistful nostalgic times and puts the melody firmly back in the centre of your heart.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real album 30 July 2013
By David J McDonough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Rarely do bands make full albums anymore but Smith Westerns are one of the few still doing it. My favorite album of theirs so far and can't wait to see where they go from here.
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