I have to thank Reechie for bringing this one to my attention in the ESPECIALLY FOR YOU thread. I had no idea it was out. It is a very pleasant surprise. This is the first Pat DiNizio/Smithereens album of original material in 8 years. I've been buying every album (of original material) Pat has put out since EFY. I really enjoyed his first solo record, SONGS & SOUNDS, from 1997. It wasn't the Smithereens, but it was still Pat's tunes, and his new band sounded great, & a lot like the Smithereens at times. GOD SAVE THE SMITHEREENS came out a year later. I wasn't as taken with this album as with previous 'Reens records. BLOW UP & A DATE WITH are probably my 2 favorites in terms of consistancy. I noticed on GSTS that the songs were written collectively by the band, and in the past Pat wrote by himself. (For those who don't know, Pat had probably written & sung 95% of the bands songs up to that point.) There are some fine moments on GSTS, but I filed the album away not too long after it's release. It the last 8 years Pat & the band have put out a 2 disc anthology & a couple of albums of cover tunes. To be honest, I wasn't really interested in the cover albums. I picked up MEET THE SMITHEREENS because it was on yourmusic.com. I was fun to hear once, but I rarely go back to it. I pretty much knew that would happen. Never got the anthology either. I have all the albums, and wasn't really interest in the "rarities". I immediately hit this link Reechie posted about the new album. http://www.amazon.com/Pat-DiNizio/d...0151914?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1191088208&sr=1-1 I have to say, I was a little hesitant when I saw the $18.98 price tag. Again, the last "real" album didn't really stay with me too long. No clips to play either. I checked out Itunes, and the album was on there for almost half the price. I listened to a few samples and said why not for 10 bucks. I'm glad I did. I've listened to it 3 times so far. Pat still knows how to craft a fine pop tune. The first 2 tracks threw me a little bit. They are a bit more subdued. I thought the album would start off with a bang. But now I really like the gradual build up. It makes more sense after a few listens. By the 3rd track, you get some of the upbeat numbers you expect from Pat and the Smithereens. I don't know all of the song titles yet, but it doesn't really matter. All the songs are strong. This might have to do with the length of the album; just under 30 minutes. I guess Pat learned a lot from making MEET THE SMITHEREENS. Yes, it's short. But it's short & sweet. Very easy to listen to all the way through. Pat Dinizio & Smithereens fans should check this one out. Worth the wait.