- Audio CD (Feb. 18 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Frontier Records
- ASIN: B000003SUJ
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|5. Bottle Rocket|
|8. Can't Be Touched|
|10. Don't Look Down|
|11. Sands Hotel|
|14. Dead Air|
I listened to this album maybe a hundred times throughout the 1990s and enjoyed it more and more, but for some reason it didn't occur to me until about 2000 that Heatmiser might have put out other albums, or that they might still be in print. (I don't listen to radio, watch MTV, or read music magazines.) When I finally did a search online, I found that Elliott Smith had become a megastar, and gradually I've brought my collection up to date.
I do like the singer-songwriter-y sound of modern Smith and can hear it in some of the Heatmiser songs, but that sound is not what I liked about Heatmiser, which is more rock, punk, grunge, whatever you want to call it. So if you love XO and Smith's self-titled album, it's possible that you won't like this at all. You'll may, however, enjoy Mic City Sons, a Heatmiser album that's closer to XO and such but that still has the classic rock flavor of the other Heatmiser albums.
This is a side of Elliott Smith that those who never knew of him before his solo career may find jarring, but since so many are fond of psychoanalyzing Smith's every utterance, this ought to provide plenty of good fodder for interpretation.
And for those who just want a great rock album, there's plenty here for them, too.