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This review is from: Another Fine Day (Audio CD)
Are Golden Smog's members famous enough to be tagged a supergroup? Well, they're a fairly loose aggregation of musicians anyway. Jeff Tweedy, the best-known of the bunch, only makes a few appearances here, perhaps due to Wilco's success and travel issues. The others, as far as I know, are Minnesotans whereas he isn't. Instead, this is, on the creative level, mainly Kraig Johnson and Gary Louris's album, but there are a few important contributions from Daniel Murphy and Louris's fellow Jayhawk, Marc Perlman.
'Another Fine Day' mixes gorgeous songs with experimental ones. 'You Make It Easy', '5-22-02' and the hard, fast 'Corvette' are the upfront songs that make you play the album repeatedly while the others grow on you. 'Long Time Ago', which is just Louris and Tweedy, and 'Listen Joe' are the quieter, dramatic moments. 'Beautiful Mind' is an unexpected foray into cosmic territory, the song only beginning after a near two-minute electronic psychfest. Musical ideas hit you from all angles in combinations of, typically, a couple of electric guitars, one acoustic and sometimes a banjo; piano, organ, synth, a plodding electric piano, brass, one female vocal, it's all there. This album never flags and, if anything, the last few tracks give the album a second wind, not bad for over an hour's worth of music. If only the media would push guys like these and ditch the timewasting karaoke merchants the UK music industry serves up...