This is pretty good. Good summertime pop. 2nd half really shines. Love Cheer Up and Varsity. Has a Britpop feel.
I was left a bit underwhelmed when I caught the end of their set in '11 opening for Arctic Monkeys, but I'm glad I gave this a spin. Only did so cause I liked the single (3am Spiritual).
Smith Westerns - Soft Will  [Album]
Mom + Pop / CD
On their first two albums, the young Chicago trio Smith Westerns moved from garage-rock scrappiness to glam-rock hauteur, and now they’ve moved onto the gentle but assured grandeur of prime big-money Britpop. Soft Will, the band’s third album, arrives next week, and it brings the band close to the sweep of, say, the Verve’s Urban Hymns, or that one Longpigs album that went so cruelly overlooked. -Stereogum
01 3AM Spiritual
05 Fool Proof
06 White Oath
07 Only Natural
08 Best Friend
09 Cheer Up