It’s a hearty follow-up their 2011 LP, Dye It Blonde. Soft Will, the new Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wavves, Beach House) produced installment from Smith Westerns dropped this week and got plenty of attention.
Rock critics harmonized in consistent, middling reviews for the studio album, the third from the young, Chicago-based indie trio. The overall takeaway seemed to be: good but not great, listen-worthy but nothing groundbreaking.
“The band still sounds like a bunch of cocky kids with a preternatural understanding of 1970s glam-rock aesthetics and the physics of power pop songcraft. But the swagger has been tempered along with the tempos…” — Pitchfork
“Smith Westerns sound more British than the British bands they sound like.” — Rolling Stone
“The album’s wide-screen dreaminess grows into a crutch, rarely masking the blandness of the “woe-is-me / maturity sucks” lyrics.” — Paste
Still, Soft Will feels like a high point for a rather fluffy week of new albums. After reading up and rounding up the data, Soft Will earns a 7.1 rating on Stereotude’s scale. From Mom + Pop Music, this album is available now.
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