Exit 13 - _Smoking Songs_
(Relapse Records, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (8 out of 10)
This album has got to be one of the most anticipated albums I've seen in a long time. For months I've been asked countless times when Exit 13 was going to release _Smoking Songs_, so I'm very happy to say, "Here it is folks!" Although not your average Exit 13 album (but then again, which Exit 13 album could be considered average?), _Smoking Songs_ proves to be an ultra-cool CD full of marijuana anthems from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. All of these songs are covered as closely as possible to the original tunes. Yes, that means that they all consist of ragtime, swing, and jazz style music. However, don't let that scare you at all, what lies here is a stoner's paradise, thirteen tracks of buds, bongs, and big fat J's. Most of the vocals on this album come to us care of Bliss Blood (from Pain Teens), her hallucinatory harmonies are definitely a treat, and one of the highpoints of this album. Some notable tracks include "Light Up!", a marijuana anthem if I've ever heard one. "Jack I'm Mellow" is a catchy cover of the 1938 song by Trixie Smith. "1'1 (Thirteen Inches of Fun)" and "Weed" may be familiar to some of you who got a hold of the rare _UHF/VHF_ sampler from Relapse. And finally, the hidden fourteenth track consists of a "grind/swing" song called "Loading Dock" that is total mayhem! Check this one out people, just make sure you've smoked enough green beforehand.

(article published 11/10/1996)

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