TV SMITH: Misinformation Overload: CD

This is an uneven effort from the former Adverts front man. Smith mixes elements of punk, rock, pop, and folk with lyrics aimed at poverty and war. The opening song, “Good Times Are Back,” is poppy but sharp with some guitar work resembling that of The Crowd’s Jim Kaa. Another strong track is the pounding “Bring the Bull Down.” The folk sound is heavier on the later tracks, so fans of Billy Bragg would probably like Misinformation Overload better than fans of the Adverts would. Smith’s relentlessly potent vocals and anguished lyrics pull the album along for a while. In the later parts, however, the songs seem too soft and flat.

 –chrispepus (Boss Tuneage)