Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ryan Smith Just Wants to Feel

Ryan Smith's music finds middle ground between the far reaches of the indielandscape and the familiarity of pop radio. His latest album, I Just Want To Feel That Way, was called "the best six Paul Westerberg songs that Paul Westerberg neither wrote nor recorded."

That wouldn't be far from the truth. Smith's whiskey coated vocals and slightly rustic sense of songmanship hits the mark. His songs are a smoky, remorseful listen that's quite entertaining and will remind of dusty prairies, hard drinking, and harder times. The perfect musician for these dark days then.

Download: Santa Cruz

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