Smell the Magic

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Smell the Magic
Smell The Magic.jpg
Studio album by L7
Released September 1, 1990
Recorded 1989 at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, WA (Tracks 1, 4, 6 and 7),
Radio Tokyo in Venice, CA (Tracks 2, 3, 5 and 9),
Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA (Track 8)
Length 29:36
Label Sub Pop
L7 chronology
Smell the Magic
Bricks Are Heavy
(1992)Bricks Are Heavy1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Smell the Magic is the second album by the Los Angeles band L7. It was initially released in September 1990 as a 12" EP containing only the first six songs. It was reissued on CD in July 1991, expanded to album length with three more tracks: "Packin' a Rod", "Just Like Me" and "American Society". The opening song, "Shove", was released as the band's first single. In 1993 the tune was covered by the Cosmic Psychos on their Palomino Pizza EP.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shove" Gardner, Sparks 3:10
2. "Fast and Frightening" Gardner, Sparks 2:37
3. "(Right On) Thru" Finch 3:13
4. "Deathwish" Finch, Plakas, Sparks 3:45
5. "Till the Wheels Fall Off" Gardner, Sparks 3:43
6. "Broomstick" Finch, Gardner, Sparks 3:49
7. "Packin' a Rod" Morrow 2:08
8. "Just Like Me" Dusty, L Seven 3:32
9. "American Society" James, Patton 3:53
Total length: 29:36


  • Jack Endino - engineer
  • Michael James - engineer
  • Daniel Rey - engineer
  • Randall Martin - logo
  • Charles Peterson - photography
  • Howard Rosenberg - photography
  • Jeff Price - art director

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Smell the Magic - L7". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "L7: Smell the Magic". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. p. 185. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 500. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.