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Album Review

The Smittens, with three primary vocalists, are a veritable twee pop variety show. Max Andrucki's baritone resembles that of Stephin Merritt and contrasts dramatically with the whisper-soft vocals of Dana Kaplan and indie pop veteran Colin Clary. The group is at its best when singing about love and nature, but branches out occasionally; "It's a Saturday" humorously adapts the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" into a Smittens theme song, while the oblique social commentary of "H&M (+A)" seems out of place on a collection of mostly hearts-and-flowers ditties. The Coolest Thing About Love is the Smittens' third album and their most accomplished to date — the ensemble vocal performances are tighter than ever and the songs easily rate among the group's best.

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Great Album!

This album is great. The Interstate, 11:11, and It's a Saturday! all stick out as excellent songs.


Genre: Alternative

The Smittens were a Burlington, Vermont-based twee pop band with a jones for the usual: Beat Happening, Belle & Sebastian, the Archies, and Magnetic Fields. The band technically began around 2002, after the dissolution of keyboardist/vocalist Dana Kaplan and vocalist Max Andrucki's previous project, the Archibalds. However, it did not fully emerge until a year later, when Kaplan returned from a trip overseas and jelled in a lineup that also included drummer Holly Chagnon, guitarist Colin Clary, and...
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