The Smoking Popes – Destination Failure

ARTIST: The Smoking Popes  Smoking_Popes_-_Destination_Failure_cover
TITLE: Destination Failure
SINGLES: I Know You Love Me, Before I’m Gone
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not unless you love the Smoking Popes.
LINEUP: Josh Caterer, Eli Caterer, Matt Caterer, Mike Felumlee
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Band makes a decent second major label record, but nothing catches fire with radio or MTV.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At first glance, you look at the track list and you think the Smoking Popes got caught up in the “gotta fill up this CD, you know” because at 16 tracks, it’s just three short of the total tracks on their first two records.

Then you notice that while there are a lot of good songs, nothing is as instantly ear-catching as Need You Around. So yeah, it is a disappointment. The songs don’t have that sparkle, hooks, or pop sheen that made the one before so well liked.

However, this is a record that you need more than one sitting to get, and then you get it in fits and starts. It’s not a masterpiece, and they could have really trimmed a few songs and still made an impact, but it was a fine record that could have consolidated their fan base and moved them into the new decade.

Instead, the record company rejected their next album and dropped them. Of course…

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They cover Pure Imagination, a song Gene Wilder sings in Willy Wonka.


GRADE: B: The record company didn’t hear a hit, neither did radio. It deserved a better fate, even if it was a bit padded with songs.

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