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Though Chicago's Smith Westerns continue to expand their sound far away from their lo-fi beginnings, they haven't lost the wistful longing that makes their music such a serious headgame. Layers of instrumentation add some high-class psychedelia to the final instrumental pieces of "XXIII," which starts like The Beach Boys gone sadcore before the final Pink Floyd–like grandstand, all in four and a half minutes. Producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Wavves) keeps the soft-focus lens on the group, giving such powerful pop exercises as "Fool Proof" and "Best Friend" an endearing sense of mystery that requires dozens of replays to fully appreciate the depths of emotion and harmonic weaving. "White Oath" shows a touch of John Lennon–to–Oasis balladry in its soothing early-morning gait. "Cheer Up" takes everyone back to the sockhop for a last dance before "Varsity" sends us on our way with another nostalgic look back to a past that few have had but many wish could be their own.

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fool proof

best alb alt so far tis year congratulations sw

Same ole SW but refreshingly great

Keeping true to their normal sound but incredible album

soft will

first non dissapointing album of 2013


Formed: Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chicago's the Smith Westerns are a band looking for some teenage kicks with their home-brewed mixture of garage, glam, and punk, and they come by their youthful energy honestly -- none of the group members were old enough to buy a beer when they released their first album. The Smith Westerns were formed in 2007 by Max Kakacek and Cullen Omori, who at the time were students at Chicago's Northside College Preparatory School. The two had been turned on to '60s garage rock through compilations like Nuggets...
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