The Smithereens ‎– Meet The Smithereens!

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KOC-CD-4204 The Smithereens Meet The Smithereens!(CD, Album) Koch Records KOC-CD-4204 US 2007 Sell This Version
KOC-CD-4294, D170627 The Smithereens Meet The Smithereens!(CD, Album) Koch Records, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. KOC-CD-4294, D170627 US 2007 Sell This Version
VICP-63754 The Smithereens Meet The Smithereens!(CD, Album, Promo) VICTOR VICP-63754 Japan 2007 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

November 13, 2018
referencing Meet The Smithereens!, CD, Album, KOC-CD-4204
Make no mistake about it. Ask any of members of The Smithereens, “Who were your primary influences,” and all of them, in unison, will point to the grouping of Beatle head shots, taken from The White Album, and lovingly hung backstage at each and every show. The Beatles epitomized everything The Smithereens could hope for ... the harmonies, the simple guitar chords, and uncomplicated lyrics; all framed with pure rock n’ roll.

If I had my druthers, I would have hoped that The Smithereens would have flavored these songs with their own guitar magic. But no, The Smithereens have chosen to tribute The Beatles with ‘straight from the song book’ renditions ... keeping the songs short and to the point. I can actually see black and white images of The Beatles in my head as these songs roll on.

And while this is certainly a fun listen, there is nothing to hang your hat on, nothing to hold your attention ... because of theses songs have already been done over forty years ago. So as a fan of both The Beatles and The Smithereens, despite the fact that this release is excellently done, and feels a bit more full bodied, I’ll file this one away, happy to own it ... but with no need to ever play it again.

Review by Jenell Kesler