Frank Smith

Before You Were Born

Frank Smith

Before You Were Born (Big Snow)
Texas Platters

Since transplanting from Boston in 2007, Frank Smith the band has grappled with balancing its Northeastern rock roots with lessons gleaned from Austin's alt.country scene. On two previous local releases, the group attempted, with varying degrees of success, to blend indie elements into its tears-in-my-beer country base. Before You Were Born successfully embraces a chunkiness previously concealed, with opening track "Monsters" almost unrecognizable in its embrace of brooding indie rock theatrics. Not that Frank Smith has dropped its acquired accent. "Homecomin' Hater" drops its G's on the back of lonely steel guitar, while closer "Lovesick Cynics" fuses genre-hopping into an ethereal love song that flawlessly closes the LP. This shift, although drastic, suits Frank Smith's musical sensibilities and leaves the band sounding completely at ease for the first time.

***

READ MORE
More Frank Smith
SXSW 2013 Records
Frank Smith
Nineties (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, March 15, 2013

Texas Platters
Frank Smith
Nineteen (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Nov. 26, 2010

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Cody Jinks, Kim Simpson & Travis Green, Kim Simpson, Travis Green, and Cody Jinks
I'm Not the Devil, Songs & Sightings, A Little Too Late (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Aug. 5, 2016

Texas Platters
Aaron Einhouse
It Ain't Pretty (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, June 24, 2016

More by Abby Johnston
Dixie Chicks Remain Red, White & True
Dixie Chicks Remain Red, White & True
The world’s finally caught up to the outspoken Texas trio

Aug. 8, 2016

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Frank Smith

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)