Jean Smith – Press

“Smith’s reflections are smart, funny and – more often than not – yoked to music that’s spare but inventive.” – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

“A two-person guerrilla campaign against apathy.”— Melody Maker (UK)

“Arguably the greatest rock band without a rhythm section ever, the duo of acid-voiced singer Jean Smith and guitar hero David Lester must be seen to be believed.” — Douglas Wolk, College Music Journal

“Smith is damn near visionary”— San Francisco Weekly

The most visionary of punk’s political bands, Mecca Normal see things in a different light. Because their tactics are more evocative than provocative, the Vancouver, Canada, duo hasn’t gotten as much attention as its fans and colleagues in Fugazi and Bikini Kill. But through seven albums over nine years, vocalist Jean Smith and guitarist David Lester have presented a consistent, evolving and luminous challenge to the reigning social order. – Evelyn McDonnell, Rolling Stone Magazine (4 out of 5 stars)

Attraction Is Ephemeral, which provides the most complete picture of Smith and what she’s about—the way she begins to doubt her own doubts, wondering if she’d be able to spot genuineness in a man even if it were there—is also the most musically moving track on the album. It’s the most romantic too—or rather, it’s most explicitly about romance, or at least the yearning for it—though in typical Mecca Normal fashion, it opens up from there, addressing gender and class inequality, patriarchy, and how they can really ruin a date.” – Jessica Hopper, Chicago Reader

“…this new CD, full of songs inspired by Smith’s online matchmaking experiences, I believe, is incredibly lyrical, musically rich and undeniably fearless.” – Terence Dick, Broken Pencil, 2006

“One of Canada’s best-kept secrets in the arts.” — Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Smith is a writer of supremely fresh poetic skills and has a keen, keen eye for the basic incredibilities of our most mundane daily rituals and heartbreaks.” – John Payne, LA Weekly

“…her use of precise language and thoughtful candor creates an unexpectedly mature, graceful tone more reminiscent of a Raymond Carver short story. – Hannah Levin, The Stranger, Seattle

“Mecca Normal has inspired a larger movement of feminists in their teens and early 20’s who call themselves Riot Grrrls.” — New York Times

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