Jeff Gordinier
January 19, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Down by the Old Mainstream

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Rykodisc

We gave it a B

Imagine the Traveling Wilburys in Slacker: Six stars from twang-happy bands like Wilco, Soul Asylum, and the Jayhawks hang out together, adopt pseudonyms, and toss off a jamba-laya of tunes about moochers, cheaters, and pecan pie. The result is like any supergroup stew: You’ve got your mouthwatering country-rock morsels (”V,” ”He’s a Dick”) and your drab slugs of boiled potato (”Yesterday Cried”). Golden Smog’s comfort food cries out for a little spice, but it warms you up, nonetheless.

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