April 29, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

You have to admire the ‘Reens’ tenacity. On The Smithereens fourth album, A Date With the Smithereens , singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio’s crew pounds out more guitar-driven power pop that resurrects the ancient art of melody. Plus, you have to grin at a title like ”Sick of Seattle.” That defiantly old-wave musical view shows up in the ”Taxman” groove of ”Gotti,” and the ”Tobacco Road” echoes of ”Can’t Go Home Anymore.” While they may not be adventurous, the Smithereens’ love of ’60s rock is their salvation.

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