Smoke & Mirrors - The Datsuns
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  • Summary: The New Zealand rock band returns with a third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Now they are finally more punchy than punchable. [Nov 2006, p.140]
  2. Surprisingly lean, vibrant and enjoyable.
  3. 60
    Some of their poppiest songs to date. [Nov 2006, p.106]
  4. 60
    Their forte remains unashamed headbanger action. [Nov 2006, p.114]
  5. A short, sharp blast of snotty fun that suggests the party is not over yet.
  6. For the most part it's clear that the New Zealanders have lost what sense of direction or purpose they had left. [7 Oct 2006, p.39]
  7. There are gospel singers, there are elements of Zepplin'y mysticism, and there are swampy Cajun tinged bits, but nothing hides the fact that it's too little too late.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AileenB
    Jan 8, 2007
    10
    Their best album yet. I love it!
  2. JimS
    Jan 30, 2007
    9
    This album is fantastic, i cant get enough of it. I listen to it back to back regularly. Brilliant...Well done The Datsuns!
  3. sizzla
    Dec 17, 2006
    8
    A really pleasant surprise. This is actually a better album than their debut and a way better album than the follow-up. There's a couple of clunkers but mostly it's a very enjoyable album and you can tell they're having fun. Plenty here to suggest that there's life (and a career) in the Datsuns yet. Expand
  4. kiwie
    Dec 8, 2006
    6
    A swing and a miss. They are a little short on the ripsnorting rock blasts at break-neck speed that have ben their trademark. Should have stuck with the same ol same ol. If it aint broke, don't fix it. Expand