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                       Smashing Orange - 1991
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Artist...............: Smashing Orange
Album................: 1991
Genre................: Shoegazer
Source...............: CD
Year.................: 1991
Ripper...............: EAC (Secure mode) / LAME 3.92 & Asus CD-S520
Codec................: LAME 3.98
Version..............: MPEG 1 Layer III
Quality..............: Insane, (avg. bitrate: 320kbps)
Channels.............: Joint Stereo / 44100 hz
Tags.................: ID3 v1.1, ID3 v2.3
Information..........: 

Ripped by............: Skid on 1/29/2009
Posted by............: Skid on 1/29/2009
News Server..........: news.easynews.com
News Group(s)........: alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.indie

Included.............: NFO, SFV, M3U, PAR v2
Covers...............: Front Back 

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                       Tracklisting
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   1. (00:05:24) Smashing Orange - My Deranged Heart
   2. (00:03:31) Smashing Orange - Strange Young Girls
   3. (00:02:53) Smashing Orange - Only Complete In You
   4. (00:05:07) Smashing Orange - Sidewinder
   5. (00:03:07) Smashing Orange - Just Before I Come (Believe Me)
   6. (00:03:05) Smashing Orange - Felt Like Nothing
   7. (00:05:03) Smashing Orange - Any Further, It's All Over
   8. (00:03:22) Smashing Orange - Sugar
   9. (00:04:32) Smashing Orange - Cherry Rider
  10. (00:04:19) Smashing Orange - Whenever
  11. (00:04:01) Smashing Orange - Not Very Much to See
  12. (00:02:20) Smashing Orange - Collide

Playing Time.........: 00:46:43
Total Size...........: 107.05 MB

NFO generated on.....: 1/29/2009 9:24:42 PM


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If you don't listen to another record this year, you'd be a fool to pass up on 
this one. Sadly, during Smashing Orange's short-lived existence, many did, 
which probably contributed to their almost instant demise.

'1991' is a collection of the band's two singles and two EPs that were 
recorded in - yes, you guessed - 1991, and despite the fact that these 
records are almost a decade-and-a-half old, they still sound fresh and 
invigorating, standing the test of time admirably particularly alongside the 
new generation of ethereal noisemongers like Amusement Parks On Fire and 
Mainline.

Initially the brainchild of New York based singer/guitarist Rob Montejo, the 
Smashing Orange story is littered with traumas and setbacks, none more so 
than the fact that their only visit to the UK was marred due to Montejo's 
younger sister and co-vocalist Sara being refused entry into the country on 
account of not being able to obtain a work permit because she was still at 
school.

Still, the 12 songs here are a joy to behold and merely illustrate what a great 
loss Smashing Orange were. The stoned tremor of 'My Deranged Heart' and 
perplexing feedback waltz of 'Just Before I Come (Believe Me)' echo the 
wretched torment of some of Jason Pierce's more recent works, while 'Any 
Further, It's All Over' is the most incongruous "love" song ever written using 
tremelo and wah-wah, more by way of the fact that it's narrators are brother 
and sister, yet when Sara Montejo coos "just follow my footsteps across the 
sand" it does things to the hairs on the back of one's neck usually reserved 
for...exactly.

As well as the more errant, pre-post-rocking elements of their repertoire, 
Smashing Orange also had a pop sensibility that would probably have been 
sneered at by most of their contemporaries back then but the sing-along-a-
buzzsaw genius of 'Sugar' and twisted melon(choly) salad of 'Not Very Much 
To See' undoubtedly paved the way for people like Black Rebel Motorcycle 
Club and Ambulance Ltd to take that final radio-friendly step in recent years. 

Sadly, as so often happens, the real innovators tend to get forgotten about. 
Well not any longer it seems. '1991' is razorsharp dream pop at its best, and 
rather than queueing alongside the rest of the bores for 'X&Y', stay one step 
ahead and purchase this instead. You know it makes sense. (9/10)
drownedinsound.com / Dom Gourlay
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