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Album Review

Prolific writers need an outlet for their vast output, and the independently issued double disc Smartie Mine provides such a channel for Dan Bern. Following closely on the tail of the Ani DiFranco-produced Fifty Eggs (March 1998), Smartie Mine is his second record of the year and fourth in three years. Seemingly aimed at the converted and sold primarily at shows and by mail-order, Bern offers a collection of 21 new originals, three blues classics (plus the Beatles' "Blue Jay Way" added onto the end of "Cocaine Blues"), a duet with Martha Wainwright on her "Baby Love," and new versions of two songs from Fifty Eggs. Like many albums that stretch beyond two hours, Smartie Mine, is a hit and miss affair, though with cuts such as the Dylanesque "Chelsea Hotel," the hilarious and psychotic "Talkin' Woody, Bob, Bruce & Dan Blues," and the Pete Rose, Bart Giamatti/Dan Bern, Martha Wainwright dialogue "Gamblin' With My Love (Pete Rose)," he connects solidly. Musically, Bern and his touring band bring a live, punkish muscle to the songs (check out the superior new version of "Tiger Woods"), but at the same time have the discipline to pull the reins in when necessary. Smartie Mine's length may be a bit daunting for the casual fan, but a small investment of time should reward you with at least one solid disc worth of strong material.

Customer Reviews

Undiscovered Gem

It's too bad that more people don't know about Dan Bern. He is one of the best singer songwriters around right now and he is putting out this amazing material with mainly do-it-yourself resources. Smartie Mine is a fine work. Not as tight as Bern's masterpiece "New American Language" but still--when have you heard so much quality recently in one album? My feeling is probably almost never. I heartily recommend this album which is priced great for 27 songs providing a bargain not just in quantity but equally in quality. Do yourself a favor and discover the joy of Dan Bern's genius!!


wow look how popular there songs are! i dont really like the music but i guess other pple do. i prefer rock and pop and hip hop. OH AND ZAC EFRON


Born: July 27, 1965 in Mount Vernon, IA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With the release of his 1997 self-titled debut, Iowa native Dan Bern became the latest, following the likes of John Prine, Elliott Murphy, Steve Forbert, Loudon Wainwright III, and numerous others, to wear the "new Dylan" mantle. With an acoustic guitar, a batch of sharp, witty, insightful songs, and a delivery reminiscent of the man himself, Bern left his home in the Midwest for L.A., where he assaulted the local folk scene. He subsequently made his way to various clubs and festivals nationwide,...
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