Smell the Magic by L7
Smell the Magic
Name Smell the Magic
Album Type Studio Album
Genres Grunge, Riot Grrrl, Punk
Release Date

July, 1991

Recorded Date and Place 1989 at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, WA (Tracks 1, 4, 6 and 7),

Radio Tokyo in Venice, CA (Tracks 2, 3, 5 and 9), Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA (Track 8)

Label Sub Pop
Length 29:36
Preceded By Smell the Magic (EP)
Followed By Bricks Are Heavy

Note: The introductory paragraph and the personell are taken from a Wikipedia article. The article can be viewed here.

Smell the Magic is the second album by the Los Angeles band L7. It was initially released in September 1990 as a 12" EP containing only the first six songs. It was reissued on CD in July 1991, expanded to album length with three more tracks: "Packin' a Rod", "Just Like Me" and "American Society". The opening song, "Shove", was released as the band's first single.

Reception Edit

The album has met with more positive reception among critics than its predecessor, the self titled L7. Robert Christgau gave the album a A. He wrote about the band, stating: "these clitocentric trouble girls are everything the Runaways were supposed to be." This was the first L7 album Christgau had reviewed. The album was given 4 stars by Allmusic and the Rolling Stone Album Guide. Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic's review staff gave the album 4 stars, praising the bands style. He writes "L7 begins to find the sense of melody to complement its distorted punk guitar assault. The band deserves ultimate praise for writing from a completely female perspective at all times." He also praised the track Fast and Firghtening.

Personnel Edit

L7 Edit

  • Donita Sparks - guitar, vocals, lead vocals on tracks 2,4,5,7,9
  • Suzi Gardner - guitar, lead vocals on tracks 1,5,6,9
  • Jennifer Finch - bass guitar, lead vocals on tracks 3,8,9
  • Demetra Plakas - drums

Guest Edit

  • Mike Patton - guest vocals

Production Edit

  • Jack Endino - engineer
  • Michael James - engineer
  • Daniel Rey - engineer
  • Randall Martin - logo
  • Charles Peterson - photography
  • Howard Rosenberg - photography
  • Jeff Price - art director