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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


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's all here. The magic is back! It is soooo good to hear the fellas doing what they do best....being The Smithereens!


First off at the top of the page for this new Smithereens record is an OLD review for there "11" record....and it is a lousy review of the GREAT record by the way....Why it is there I have NO idea...This is a NEW 2011 Smithereens record...and I just love it. It is a Smithereens record that SOUNDS like the Smithereens....and it sounds like them at their very best. I still miss the ever pleasing Bass lines of former Bassist Mike Meseros....but if I did not know better I may not...(I said MAY not) even know he was not laying down those sweet bass lines. What a fine record...and it is really cool that you guys made a new record that matters...and is a welcome addition to the lack of great music being made right now.

Mike Braam, Wilmette IL.


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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