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Mic City Sons *
1. Get Lucky
2. Plainclothes Man
3. Low-Flying Jets
4. Rest My Head Against the Wall
5. Fix Is In, The
6. Eagle Eye
7. Cruel Reminder
8. You Gotta Move
9. Pop in G
10. Blue Highway
11. See You Later
12. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7540
Tom Rothrock; Rob Shnapf
Heatmiser: Elliott Smith (vocals); Neil Gust (guitar, vocals); Sam Coomes (bass); Tony Lash (drums).
Recorded in Portland, Oregon.
Heatmiser was an indie rock supergroup of sorts, featuring songwriters Elliott Smith and Neil Gust (No. 2), as well as Sam Coomes (Quasi) and the multitalented Tony Lash. The quartet's finest and final album, Mic City Sons features a decidedly more pop feel than its predecessors and marks Smith's maturation into the role of the band's visionary. From the opening notes of the swaggering, bass-heavy "Get Lucky" to conclusion of the album with a soothingly soft hidden track, Mic City Sons is an outstanding collection of diverse and invigorating tracks. Songs like "Plain Clothes Man" and "You Gotta Move" exhibit the interplay of soulful, smooth vocals over gentle guitar strumming that has been so evident in Smith's solo work. The Gust-penned tunes, like "Cruel Reminder" and "Eagle Eye" are more rugged and aggressive, but complement Smith's songs brilliantly. There are no weak tracks here - in fact, "Pop In G" and "See You Later" are two of the best indie rock songs of the '90s - and the album flows incredibly well. Despite the success Heatmiser's members have achieved since their disbanding, it's unfortunate that this collective decided to split up just when they had reached such a creative peak. ~ Michael Frey
Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, pp.70-71) - "Combining both plaintive and sing-songy melodies with understated, guitar-based instrumentation, the Oregon four-piece delivers the freshest integration of folk's pensiveness, punk's honesty, and pop's tunefulness since the Pixies..." - Rating: A-
Alternative Press (3/97, p.68) - 3 (out of 5) - "...grunge-inflected kamikaze missions of the past have been replaced by a more restrained, pop-smeared songwriting approach....the same erotic-alternative objective....they just decided to catch a few flies with honey instead of with vinegar this time..."
Option (1-2/97, p.89) - "...music-makers who can pack emotion--not to mention some warped wit and wisdom--into music that doesn't have to scream in your friggin' face....drifts along calmly and lazily, taking just enough odd twists and turns to make a listener want to follow..."
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