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Interview with Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken about the for reasons I cannot understand practically unheard new record and you can watch the new video as well. Record is produced by Don Dixon at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium in North Carolina. You should do yourselves a favor and get it now!!!
The other thing that strikes me about it is the sound is incredibly lush, and in this time of shrinking recording budgets I hardly ever hear a record with such great production. Pat's voice is still killer too. Really!
Pat has one THE most under-rated voices in rock 'n roll in terms of quality and many other characteristics, including a voice that sounds like no other - always a plus!
Don Dixon is not as expensive as he used to be, there's some good indie bands w/ *no* reputation that have recorded w/ him w/ excellent results - have no idea what they spent, of course, but, assuredly, it was a fraction of what Capitol spent back in the day....
Good stuff. Keep Running and Sorry are the songs that really carry the Smithereens vibe from yesteryear. I wish the album had more songs like those.
It's just great to hear the band recording originals again. Although their The Who covers album was unique, so many bands do Beatles covers. I was really wondering whether The Smithereens were ever going to get back to originals. So glad they are!
My thoughts exactly.
While I think the CD is consistently good, it lacks the one killer cut some of the earlier LPs had. If you look back on Pat's last solo record (called just "Pat DiNizio") those killer cuts were there. "Wonderful" and "Dear World" are fantastic and would have been great when performed by The Smithereens. In fact, the record was written just like a Smithereens record. I once said to Pat "Sounds like a Smithereens record to me" and he responded "Well, it is".
I wonder if Diken just wasn't available to record. If he had been, then THAT would have been the next awesome Smithereens record. That being said, 2011 is pretty outstanding.