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june 2010

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Smile Case

"Lose Our Heads" CD

Blacktop Records

Genre: lo-fi, singer / songwriter


November 2009

The independent album being our generation's open-mic night, often things don't go as swimmingly as one might hope. For evidence, look no further than Lose Our Heads, whose medley of ragged, acoustic guitar strums, painful and incoherent vocals, and outright abominable songwriting makes for twelve tracks of abject cruelty directed squarely at the listener. Smile Case's lone, tone-deaf member, Ben Andress, seems to have put a very negligible amount of care and effort into these utterly indefensible lo-fi nuggets, producing such lowlights as hideously blathering "In Some Other City" and disorientingly dreadful "Life of a Party." Lou Barlow would be severely unimpressed. In fact, the only bearable moments on here are the brief sound clips nabbed from Hollywood fare - Swingers, Chasing Amy, Girl Interrupted... but you know you're in trouble when only thirty seconds of your thirty minute album are actually listenable, and those happen to be the only thirty seconds you aren't actually responsible for.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]