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Smart
Sleeper
Smart
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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While not quite all they could be (that would come with The It Girl), Sleeper pushed themselves straight into the front ranks of Britpop with Smart, mostly due to the infectious "Inbetweener," (a hit in England) and the se...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Sleeper
Title: Smart
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 3/14/1995
Release Date: 3/14/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: British Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 743212582529

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While not quite all they could be (that would come with The It Girl), Sleeper pushed themselves straight into the front ranks of Britpop with Smart, mostly due to the infectious "Inbetweener," (a hit in England) and the sexually charged presence of singer Louise Wener. Even if the rest of the band was essentially faceless, Louise had enough charisma to carry them along and power the songs, the majority of which were actually pretty good, with "Pyrotechnician," "Swallow," and "Bedhead" standing out from the pack. A one-woman show? Time would tell. For now, though, Sleeper seemed like an early riser. Chris Nickson

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Mr. A. Pomeroy | Wiltshire, England | 03/28/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This came out in 1995, the year of Britpop, and was the most representative of the trend for female-led guitar bands featuring charismatic frontwomen and anonymous musicians (the NME dubbed them 'Sleeperblokes'). Oddly, they reminded nobody of Transvision Vamp at the time, but then again this was a period in which Menswear were almost taken seriously.The band were led by Louise Wener, famously 'the most elegible Jewish woman' according to some magazine or other, and she had a big enough bag of controversial quotes (none of which I can remember) to be interviewed cosntantly by the music press. They survived for three albums in this way before splitting up (i.e. Louise sacked the band) due to Wener's shocking jaw-wobbling in the video for 'Romeo Me', three years later.As for the music? Fairly good, spiky guitar-led pop that, although painfully 1995, is still very catchy and fun."