January 19, 1993
Murder Records
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Power Pop

Album Review

Sloan's debut album, Smeared is a bit of a mess, as the group tries to combine catchy pop melodies with punky rhythms and washes of dissonant feedback borrowed straight from Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine records. Those aren't the only two influences that are apparent on Smeared -- references to all sorts of American indie rock, from the Velvet Underground to Nirvana, are scattered throughout the record. Sloan, surprisingly, can harness these diverse influences into a winning combination of sighing melodies and swirling guitars, and while the band's songwriting is occasionally a little unfocused, the best songs -- "Underwhelmed," "Two Seater," "I Am the Cancer," "What's There to Decide?" -- are quite impressive.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Underwhelmed
  2. Raspberry
  3. I Am the Cancer
  4. Median Strip
  5. Take It In
  6. 500 Up
  7. Marcus Said
  8. Sugartune
  9. Left of Centre
  10. Lemon Zinger
  11. Two Seater
  12. What's There to Decide?
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