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Critical Consensus: Smith Westerns Mature in Talent and Theme on 3rd LP

It’s been a little over two weeks since the release of Smith Westerns’ anticipated junior release, Soft Will. Just like all y’all we’ve been letting the record sink in, basking in its warmth sin critical influence; but now that time has passed enough, it’s time to check up on a few of our favorite blogs and magazines out there. Let’s see what they have to say!

And when you’re done reading, pick up the album, digital on iTunes, physical at Insound. Tour dates after the quotes.

NPR says: Soft Will unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you.”

Blare: “The record signifies maturity and the band dragging every heartstring they can find, but on another, it’s them piecing together sharpened rhythms at an ungodly rate.” (score = 7.7/10)

Fast Forward Weekly: “Any patient listeners looking for a complete LP will discover Smith Westerns have made their best album yet.”

LA Daily News: “This splendid musical world contains stunning melodies, lighter-than-air vocal harmonies and carefully crafted arrangements working together to create tracks of rarefied beauty.”

Magnet: “‘Idol’…sets an early benchmark that turns out to be a new standard.” (score = 9/10)

Pitchfork: “While the band’s outlook has matured, what hasn’t changed on ‘Soft Will’ is Smith Westerns’ ability to turn out instantly like ably guitar and synth-based hooks at a prodigious rate.” (score = 7.9/10)


“Smith Westerns haven’t only not burned out, they’re a budding institution.”

Relix: “Smith Westerns may have initiated their career as indie darlings, but this record offers something more widely accessible.”

Rolling Stone: “On their third album, they move far away from their garage-rock starting point and construct an expertly lyrical world of yearning and insinuation.” (score = 3/4)

Under the Radar: “Smith Westerns have a knack for capturing ‘drunk clarity’—the sound and feeling of being disoriented, retaining just enough wherewithal to wax philosophical about the moment.”

Tour Dates:

07-21 Nashville, TN – Exit In
07-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat
07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
07-27 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07-28 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
07-29 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
08-02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
08-06 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08-07 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08-09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
08-11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08-12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
08-16 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-17 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater