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Why I Write Such Good Songs

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Album Review

Graham Smith, aka Kleenex Girl Wonder, issues another fun, melodic record. Everything on Why I Write Such Good Songs seems to have inspiration behind it; these are true love songs. The EP is cleaner than Smith's first release, Ponyoak, but jumps from very produced to lo-fi. The songs are in the indie pop vein, with a soulful '60s feel, perhaps like Apples in Stereo. Driving rhythms of the drums and guitars push the songs along and make them very danceable, while layers of acoustic and distorted guitars provide a bed for the vocals (there are many harmonies of the same voice). The first and longest song on the EP is "Why I Write Such Good Songs." Smith reveals that his perspective on his songwriting ability is not sarcastic, but sparked into a flame because his love interest is his muse. "Miller's Tale" is the only song that is lacking, but does not distract your attention on this 17-minute EP. All of the tracks on Why I Write Such Good Songs are sincere, witty singalongs, especially in the choruses, with tongue-in-cheek metaphors and similes attached.

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Great album. Get it and take a few listens and you'll be hooked. You'll buy the remaining KGW albums and move onto Graham Smith's solo work. Be sure to check out Yes Boss...its not on iTunes, but you can track it down through Graham's site.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Graham Smith has gained a reputation in the Chicago indie scene for his staunch DIY ethic and his band Kleenex Girl Wonder's short lo-fi pop songs. Smith single-handedly writes, records, and performs all the band's material, with other band members occasionally turning up for live shows. It all began in 1996 when Smith was in high school in suburban Downers Grove, Ill. During his senior year, he put out the band's first two CDs, Sexual Harrassment and Graham Smith is the Coolest Person...
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