Smoke - White Williams
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  • Summary: Cleveland-based Joe Williams' debut album was recorded in Ohio, New York, and California.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Williams' ostensible depthlessness, like that of his forebears, is itself only a façade, and Smoke offers plenty to discover across repeated listens--particularly the way in which he tweaks his own voice, melting and reshaping it like the models' Technicolor "tears" on the album cover.
  2. Smoke is his first off-center classic. [Fall 2007, p.77]
  3. Smoke never sounds dated or rehashed--instead, it's a fresh, consistently creative, and consistently listenable debut.
  4. There’s wit and meticulous posturing in the hills: we’ll be waiting right here for tomorrow. After all, there are enough immediately delectable grooves in his eleven tracks today.
  5. 60
    For all the squiggly melodies and bumpy computer beats, however, Smoke's strength is his spacey chameleon voice. [Dec 2007, p.126]
  6. Williams should inject more urgency to his sound. [June 2008, p.148]
  7. Williams' songs are extremely repetitive, relying on MAX/MSP texture for their variance but proceeding at such a pace that it's easy to zone out, a tendency exacerbated by Williams' apparent three-note vocal range. [Fall 2007, p.77]

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  1. JoeH.
    Dec 11, 2007
    9
    A fascinating, captivating record. Highlights are New Violence, Headlines, and The Shadow. The track Lice in the Rainbow is totally A fascinating, captivating record. Highlights are New Violence, Headlines, and The Shadow. The track Lice in the Rainbow is totally unnecessary, though. Expand