This Song of the Week was a difficult one to choose, not amongst different artists, but amongst the many great songs by The Fiery Furnaces. I finally settled on Smelling Cigarettes, because it emphasized their great songwriting, which can be both sharply witty to starkly whimsical at the same time, and great rhythm. The best way to describe their sound is a bit of White Stripes on keyboards and guitar, but their style is all their own. Unlike the White Stripes, there really is a brother and sister fronting the band, and they really do have a sibling rivalry going on.
Their musicianship is stellar, and they have no trouble coming out with good songs. Smelling Cigarettes comes off of their EP (title of the album) which are a collection of B-sides and songs that didn’t make the cut for a main album.
Which would lead you to assume these songs weren’t good enough for a regular album, but you’d be sorely mistaken. I could listen to EP over, and over again without tiring of it, and I have been doing just that.