Smile (The Jayhawks album)

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Smile
The Jayhawks Smile Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by The Jayhawks
Released May 9, 2000
Recorded Flower Studios, Minneapolis, MN
Genre Alternative rock, alternative country
Length 53:20
Label American
Producer Bob Ezrin
The Jayhawks chronology
Sound of Lies
(1997)
Smile
(2000)
Rainy Day Music
(2003)

Smile is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Jayhawks, released on May 9, 2000. It reached number 129 on the Billboard 200 and number 14 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart.

Smile marks a move away from the band's long-time alt-country stylings to a more pop approach.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
American Songwriter 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[4]
NME 6/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice C[10]

John Duffy of AllMusic noted that "the general shift in direction may alienate a few long-term fans, but much like friends Wilco achieved with their adventurous Summerteeth, Smile's modern touches may bring even more people into the band's orbit", concluding that "what never changes on the Jayhawks' albums, it seems, are the blissful melodies and well-constructed tunes, and that may just be enough for even the toughest critics."[1] Similarly, Ryan Kearney of Pitchfork Media noted that "If hardcore Mark Olson-era Jayhawks' fans felt betrayed by the dark pop of 1997's Sound of Lies, they'll be downright vigilant after hearing Smile", but that the album, while not as "artistically successful" as Summerteeth, was nonetheless "one of the finer, genuinely happy albums of the year."[6] The Guardian's Tom Cox hailed it as a "brilliant enough record ... written and delivered with the cynicism-free belief that rock'n'roll is still something vital and anthemic to the general public."[4]

In a mixed review, the NME wrote that "as sweet as it often is on the surface, it seems like there's something deeply selfish underpinning The Jayhawks' new approach."[5] The Village Voice's Robert Christgau wrote that the band, without Olson's contributions, were now "as vapid as late Poco and then some" and "aspire to the generalization level of transcendentalist parlor ballads, Hallmark cards, and, increasingly, Music Row."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Smile" (Gary Louris) – 3:50
  2. "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (Louris, Taylor Rhodes) – 3:40
  3. "What Led Me to This Town" (Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, Tim O'Reagan) – 4:09
  4. "Somewhere in Ohio" (Perlman, Louris, O'Reagan, Bob Ezrin) – 3:39
  5. "A Break in the Clouds" (Louris, Perlman, Grotberg, O'Reagan) – 3:59
  6. "Queen of the World" (Louris, Ezrin) – 2:35
  7. "Life Floats By" (Louris, Perlman) – 4:42
  8. "Broken Harpoon" (Louris) – 3:31
  9. "Pretty Thing" (Louris, Perlman) – 4:18
  10. "Mr. Wilson" (Louris, O'Reagan) – 4:26
  11. "(In My) Wildest Dreams" (Louris, Perlman, Ezrin) – 4:30
  12. "Better Days" (Louris) – 4:36
  13. "Baby, Baby, Baby" (Louris) – 5:19
2014 expanded reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Who Made You King" (Louris, Perlman) – 5:42 (studio outtake – previously commercially unavailable)
  2. "Gypsy in the Mood" (Louris) – 1:16 (studio outtake)
  3. "A Part of You" (Louris, O'Reagan) – 3:14 (demo – previously unreleased)
  4. "Life's Little Ups and Downs" (Margaret Ann Rich) – 4:47 (Live at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 12/30/2000 – previously unreleased)
  5. "Greta Garbo (Louris) – 3:50 (demo – previously unreleased)
  6. "Five Cornered Blues" (Louris, Mark Olson) – 4:00 (demo – previously unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

The Jayhawks
  • Gary Louris – guitar, vocals
  • Karen Grotberg – keyboards, vocals
  • Marc Perlman – bass, mandolin, vocals
  • Tim O'Reagan – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Kraig Johnson – guitar
Additional musicians
  • Bob Ezrin – synthesizer, percussion, accordion, keyboards, vocals, string arrangements
  • Eric Heywood – dobro, pedal steel guitar
  • Armadillo String Quartet – strings
  • Patrick Seymour – synthesizer
Production
  • Bob Ezrin – producer
  • Ed Ackerson – programming, engineer
  • Leon Zervos – mastering
  • Joseph Bishara – programming
  • Richard Werbowenko – programming
  • Jay Healy – engineer, mixing
  • Ok Hee Kim – assistant engineer
  • Jonathan Sacks – orchestration, string arrangements
  • David Katzenstein – cover photo
  • Ken Schles – photography
  • Josh Cheuse – art direction
  • Andy Wolf – studio technician

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duffy, John. "Smile – The Jayhawks". AllMusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gaston, Greg (June 25, 2014). "The Jayhawks: Sound Of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music Reissues". American Songwriter. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Jayhawks: Smile". Entertainment Weekly: 78. May 12, 2000. 
  4. ^ a b Cox, Tom (May 5, 2000). "Weird science". The Guardian. Archived from the original on July 19, 2001. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Smile". NME. May 20, 2000. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Kearney, Ryan (May 4, 2000). "The Jayhawks: Smile". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Shepard, David (July 2000). "The Jayhawks: Smile". Q (166): 118. 
  8. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (May 25, 2000). "The Jayhawks: Smile". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 423–24. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 3, 2001). "Consumer Guide: Vibrators". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 

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