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With Don Dixon, who produced the band’s Especially For You and Green Thoughts albums, behind the board, and Mitch Easter of Let’s Active engineering, New Jersey’s Smithereens are back doing what they do best: clear, concise pop songs with a snarling rock edge and a love for the ‘60s shining through. The band throughout the 2000s had been preoccupied with novelty projects, covers of Beatles songs and an abbreviated take on the Who’s Tommy. Here, Pat DiNizio and the group write and perform a set of originals that will remind fans of everything that made the Smithereens a notable group back in the ‘80s. “A World of Our Own” streaks down the street with a tough groove and guitars that build an impressive wall of sound. “As Long As You Are Near Me” is a tender ballad fueled with more battering electric guitars. “Bring Back the One I Love” features their trademark harmonies. But most of all, the album features singer Pat DiNizio, whose thick, carefully modulating voice turns every song into an event.

Customer Reviews

WOW AMAZING

This new release by The Smithereens is a fantassic record. It sounds like a perfect mix of 1987 and 2011. Smartly written pop tunes with todays production techniques. Great job guys. !

This is IT!!!!!!!

This is it folks! The one that we fans have been waiting for! Brand new studio album from The Smithereens!!!! Each song is like hearing an old friend but with something new to say. This album is well worth the wait. The hooks, the great songwriting, the great playing...it's all here. The magic is back! It is soooo good to hear the fellas doing what they do best....being The Smithereens!

11 year hiatus and they haven't lost a beat!

It's great to see The Smithereens back with such a great release of solid new material! It has been 11 long years since they have graced us with an album of new material.
While I wish it wasn't so long in-between efforts, it is obvious that they haven't lost their ability to write and play energetic pop songs with a powerful rock punch that we have always loved this band for.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Carteret, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dressed in leather, brandishing heavy guitars, and exhibiting an unabashed fetish for British Invasion pop, the Smithereens were an anomaly in the American college rock scene of the late '80s. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Pat DiNizio stood out not only with his strange beatnik goatee, but also because his catchy hooks were haunting, not punchy, and because his lyrics were morose. As time wore on, the group became more straightforward, turning into an excellent bar band, one that attacked pop...
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