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Mic City Sons
Heatmiser
Mic City Sons
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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In retrospect, the third and final full-length by defunct Portland, Oregon, band Heatmiser, 1996's Mic City Sons, is not just the sound of a band pulled in two directions and on the verge of breakup, it's a blueprint for t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Heatmiser
Title: Mic City Sons
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Caroline
Release Date: 10/29/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 017046754026, 094636012452

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In retrospect, the third and final full-length by defunct Portland, Oregon, band Heatmiser, 1996's Mic City Sons, is not just the sound of a band pulled in two directions and on the verge of breakup, it's a blueprint for the late-'90s Northwest "emo-core" sound. This pop-punk act always showed a love for refined-sugar-sweet pop music and Big Star-derived melodies, but it really comes to the fore here--both on renowned singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's songs and those of Neil Gust. (Sam Coomes of Quasi plays bass and sings on the record, as well.) This is a schizophrenic album. Songs veer from peppy anthems to total-downer white-guy angst; luckily, both are pulled off with finesse and real emotional investment. Fans of folkie Smith working backwards through his catalog will be surprised to hear Smith rock out so hard on tunes such as "Get Lucky"; other songs have since become staples of his solo sets. Mic City is among Smith's best records and functions as a swell swan song for this under-appreciated group. --Mike McGonigal

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Surprisingly good
05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big fan of Elliott Smith, and I can't believe that it's taken me this long to buy anything by Heatmiser. I knew Elliott Smith was in the band, but I figured that since they're not often talked about that it wouldn't be anything like Elliott's solo stuff. Actually, this album is pretty similar to his solo work, though a little more upbeat and louder. But it definitely isn't too loud, and it kind of reminds me of Figure 8. Only about three tracks are sung by the other singer, and they're pretty good. This album has some of the best songs Elliott's ever written, especially the bonus track--figures, because it was released a year before Either/Or. If you're an Elliott Smith fan, drop your skepticism and buy this album."
I don't take 5 stars lightly
Mark Groth | St. Louis, MO United States | 01/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are an Elliott Smith fan, and love him, but wish he would rock out a little, this is the album for you. I started with Elliot's solo albums, bought them all, then found out he was once in a rock band (Heatmiser). I read the Amazon reviews and started buying. This is the ONLY album you need if you are a fan of E. Smith. It is clearly the best record. This record will also turn you on to Neil Gust who is the Lou Barlow to J. Mascis. I don't care for Cop & Speeder, Dead Air and others. This is a must own for indie fans and rockers out there. This album is perfect to me, and I wish to hear more like it. Buy it, you'll love it."
Underappreciated and brilliant......
Lisa Bunnelle | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA USA | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a fan of Elliott or want to hear some beautiful pop gems that rival some of Big Star's finest work, start here.
Stand out songs all, 'See You Later', 'Low- Flying Jets', 'Pop in G', 'The Fix is In'. Just buy it, you will not be disappointed. The un-accredited and hidden 'Not Half Right' makes it well worth the purchase. Touching songs.... and it is nice to hear Elliott rock out."