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Weird Tales

music reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Weird Tales

Artist: Golden Smog
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: October 1998

Review by LarryG
3 stars out of 4

The latest from the alt-rock semi-supergroup is another relaxed work where the guys clearly had a good time and the listeners generally gets to be in on the fun. The quality varies according to the contribution of each of the writers but is generally high. As on their previous record, Down By The Old Mainstream, the Jayhawks' Gary Louris has the highest success rate. Jane and Jennifer Save Me are vivid, poignant songs in the vein of the Jayhawks' brilliant 1997 record, Sound of Lies. Louris also loosens up on two songs set in bars, the buoyant love song Until You Came Along and the goofily overwrought If I Only Had a Car. Soul Asylum's Dan Murphy gets strong support for his modest voice on the rocking opener To Call My Own. As on Mainstream's highlight, V, the non celebrity of the group, Kraig Johnson works well with Louris and has a couple decent songs of his own. Jeff Tweedy seems to be saving his best for Wilco. Most of his songs here are pleasant throwaways though All The Same to Me is haunting.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...TALES is a major step forward from their spotty's full of country-pop gems." - Rating: A Entertainment Weekly 11/6/98, p.88



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