The Best record of 1998, bar none, posslibly of the 1990s
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There was something to be said about the transformation of Smart Went Crazy. There first record was nice, friendly, but, to be honest, rather borimg. So when I broke down and picked up Con Art, I wasn't really expecting much different....but i was wrong. DEAD wrong. This record contains a combination of elements not really seen...beautiful lyrics, intense and unique instrumental power and backing, and the firm conviction of telling all of their feelings. Sadly, SMC are no more, which is a damn shame, because they were one heck of a live band. The whole darn CD is breathtaking; songs such as "a Good Day", "A brief conversation ending in divorce," and "Immutable Beauty:" will knock your socks off, as will every other track on here. SWC are no more, Con Art is their tombstone, listen....and weep"
Smart Went Crazy "Con Art"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of rock and roll and a resident of the United Kingdom, this year has been pretty dull. My ears have grown old with the tedium of most British (and dare I say it) American rock music. As I picked up "Con Art", a recommendation from a Seattle-based chum of mine, I remember vividly my life changing before my eyes. From the mellow opener "Black Kites", through to the brief, brisk "Exitfare", before crashing into the brilliantly beautiful "A Brief Conversation...", I remember thinking what a wonderful triptych of music this album opened with. Nearly a year on, this album is as strong as ever, its beauty consistently unfolding with each new listen. Beating their first (also great) album on almost all counts, "Con Art" is that rare thing. A rock album that deserves the term "masterpiece"."
A geat record
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think Con Art is the better of the two Smart Went Crazy CDs and a big influence on some of the bands these days who are kicking the DC/Dischord thing. I would even cite this as an influence on the new Fugazi record "The Argument." The songs here chronicle a breakup and as such are sarcastic, cynical and even caustic lyrically. I think the production is good and the songs leave little to be desired musically. I think it makes a good breakup album as it doesn't wallow, so much as it makes fun."