The Smoking Popes

"Born to Quit"

This release by the Smoking Popes was looking to make them popular among the college crowd. The first single, "Need You Around," interested me because of the sound - a combination of an early '80's rock'n'roll sound with that lounge lizard voice of the lead singer. I was looking forward to hear the rest but was very disappointed. The songs sounded so much alike that I wasn't sure when one ended and the next began, unless the tempo changed significantly. "Need You Around" was the best song off of that album. There are some quirky lyrics, but the originality of the first single quickly became conformity as the album played on and on. Maybe it is time for them to "quit", but I hope that someday they will persist and make an interesting album.

Su Chon
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