CHIEF SMILES, THE: Great for Terrible Times: CD

May 26, 2008

A little tough, this one is. On the one hand, they have an interestingly addled take on the pop thing with flashes of “rock” sensibilities pushed up against artier pretensions, prodigious use of a violin, and some decent hooks. On the whole, however, they seem to be missing a key ingredient to take them over the county line from “eh” to “whoa.” In the end, there’s enough here to pique interest, but not enough to hold it.

 –jimmy (