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Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #90 / 920
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2011 Ratings: #63
January 18, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Teen dreaminess aside, Dye It Blonde shows that Smith Westerns’ giddy mash-ups of stately Beatles melodies and T. Rex swagger play even better when buffed to a high gloss.

84
Pitchfork

While the melodic foundation was already sturdy throughout, here, what once sounded ragged in stretches is now plush-upholstered from start to finish.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Yeah, the band isn't doing anything that hasn't been done before, but damn if that doesn't seem to matter a lick while listening to the record.

80
No Ripcord

This features Smith Westerns focusing in on the things that really succeeded the first time around, then fixes up that with some more of their songwriting style.

lauramarin
97
great guitars.
twwalter
80
Dye It Blonde was engineered to feel nostalgic from the beginning, but what has made this album a great album is its ability to recapture memories. The gentle, but playful synth-infused indie rock allows for a joyful edge that isn't too brash or bland their contemporaries.
lerkenfeldt
88
Melodic indie-rock at its finest.
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Track List

  1. Weekend 
  2. Still New 
  3. Imagine Pt. 3 
  4. All Die Young 
  5. Fallen In Love 
  6. End of the Night 
  7. Only One 
  8. Smile 
  9. Dance Away 
  10. Dye The World
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