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Editors’ Notes

Forget whatever you know about this alt.country supergroup. Some of the names have stayed the same, but the sound and approach have clearly changed. This is not a drunken pick me up. This is not a modest, unsettled collection of roots rockers. No, this is a smattering of influences, ranging from the obvious C&W roots (“You Make it Easy”), to a near Curtis Mayfield soul dip (the title track), a Neil Young weeper (“Long Time Ago”), a nod at ‘70s New Wave (“Corvette”) and an elongated sonic experiment (“Beautiful Mind”), all within the first six tunes. No knock-offs, each track is carefully crafted to bring out the best. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy appears on less than half the tracks here, while ex-Jayhawks Gary Louris and Marc Perlman and Run Westy Run singer Kraig Johnson shoulder most of the songwriting and performing burden. No surprise then that this collection most resembles the Jayhawks’ more exploratory pop work (1997’s Sound of Lies, 2000’s Smile). At 15 tracks, things run a tad long, but there’s enough to mix and match to sculpt whatever vision you wish to follow.

Customer Reviews

It is Golden....

Golden Smog is one of my favorite bands that nobody seems to have heard about. I'm drawn into the music that is mellow, driving and interesting. I like the tempo of frying pan eyes, and Hurricane is solid. If you like alterna rootsy rock along the lines of Wilco you will probably like it.

Gold.

Jeff Tweedy remains a driving force in, and reminds what the standard should be for music. This project appeals to those who are fans of both Jayhawks and Wilco music, as well as those who remain open minded for music that does not come at your face with the velocity and pervasiveness of a coca cola commercial. This is not to say that these songs aren't catchy or memorable; they definitely are. However, instead of getting everything in one listen, it is the subtleties that draw me back to the album. Like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, or Being There, or Tomorrow the Green Grass, certain songs become instant favorites; Heavy Metal Drummer and Jesus etc. on YHF are those songs one immediately returns to, yet on the way to those tracks, one discovers the other songs waiting there for their time to be appreciated. On this album, you have Corvette that jumps out, being the fastest in tempo and relying on electric guitar driven rhythms and a forward-headed bass line. A song like Never Felt Before or Listen Joe may take a certain mood to finally sit down and "get." If you like this, I recommend the Rooftop Suicide Club. The song 5-22-02 particularly reminds me of their sound.

Another Fine Day

When oh when will these fine musicians get their just rewards?!?! This is an amazing CD, from some of the most talented writers and musicians in todays music.

Biography

Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

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

A boozy, side-project covers band that gradually evolved into a kind of roots rock supergroup, Golden Smog was a loosely affiliated unit comprised, at various times, of members of Soul Asylum, the Replacements, Wilco, the Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, and the Honeydogs. The group first came together in the Minneapolis area in the late '80s as a country-rock reaction to the punk and hardcore sounds that dominated the Twin Cities' musical scene at the time; eventually Golden Smog became something of a fixture...
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