Dye It Blonde (2011) This Chicago band’s sophomore full-length is bursting with cocky glam-rock riffs and dazed but enthusiastic vocals, all run through a fashionably fuzzy filter. The influences… 2011-01-18 Smith Westerns Indie Rock
Music Review

Dye It Blonde (2011)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 18, 2011; Lead Performance: Smith Westerns; Genre: Indie Rock

This Chicago band’s sophomore full-length is bursting with cocky glam-rock riffs and dazed but enthusiastic vocals, all run through a fashionably fuzzy filter. The influences are easy to spot — T. Rex, Cockney Rebel, and ELO all come to mind at various points — but Smith Westerns show off their borrowed finery with such aplomb that it’s hard to dislike the end product. At the very least, Dye It Blonde is a promising step forward for a group that’s still growing into its talents. B

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Originally posted Jan 12, 2011