Hit After Hit


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 80
    Most of the songs clock in at under three minutes, and the Sunsets definitely know how to make the most of the time they've chosen to take.
  2. May 16, 2011
    Hit After Hit is a simple, charming, not-a-note-wasted lark of the kind that seems to be in short supply these days... except when it's flowing from Sonny Smith's pen.
  3. May 4, 2011
    After a few more times through Hit After hit, you begin to sense there's something more to these songs. It may be a knock-off, but it's an incredibly nuanced one.
  4. May 4, 2011
    The playing is deceptively forceful, and the songs cut surprisingly deep.
  5. May 4, 2011
    With Hit After Hit, he's made 11 more charming and knowingly primitive bursts of sunny fuzz. He's got plenty more left in him.
  6. May 4, 2011
    Sonny Smith will never be Buddy Holly, but if Buddy were around, he'd recognize a kindred spirit. So would Rick Nelson, Bobby Fuller, or Marshall Crenshaw (who isn't dead but still...), or anyone else who made simple but powerful pop music with brains, guts, and hooks sharp enough to cut glass. Hit After Hit is that good.
  7. Uncut
    Jan 13, 2012
    Unsophisticated but utterly infectious. [Feb 2012, p.102]
  8. Mojo
    Aug 26, 2011
    Fab follow-up to 2009's Tomorrow Is Alright from the San Franciscan collective. [Sept. 2011, p. 95]
  9. Jul 21, 2011
    It's the kind of warm summer record you put on without much thought, and that's a large part of its charm.
  10. Under The Radar
    May 27, 2011
    Hit After Hit still features lots of reverb and wry, repetitive lyrics, but the production is more sophisticated and subtle. [May 2011, p.86]
  11. May 13, 2011
    Hit After Hit doesn't achieve its titular goal completely and totally. It does come fairly close, though, and makes strong cases for the tunefulness of San Francisco's new garage music, Smith as a songwriter, and the appeal of something done straightforward if also done well.

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