Smith, Stephan / Bell, the
Album: Bell, the   Collection:General
Artist:Smith, Stephan   Added:Jan 2003
Label:Universal Hobo  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-02-24 Pull Date: 2003-04-28
Week Ending: Mar 23 Mar 16
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 24, 2010: lost and found
Paranoia Network Remix
3. Mar 21, 2003: Memory Select
The Bell
2. Apr 21, 2006: Memory Select
The Bell
4. Mar 14, 2003: Memory Select
The Bell

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-04-11
The Bell is clearly the most important track on this EP. It is a simple and beautiful song about the problems with the modern war paradigm (esp. Iraq). There are several different versions of this song on this EP, so you might like one of them. DJ Spooky’s remix (track 6) is nice for those who need some electronic beats and loops along with their anti-war music. The music is made up mostly by guitar/bass, violin/fiddle and the occasional sample.

1) The title track. Smith’s clear voice is offset nicely by Pete Seeger’s raspy voice. Dean Ween (of Ween) plays the guitar on this track.
2) Starts with a modem sample that seems to have gotten in by accident. Smith’s voice is not as clear on this track as on the Bell. It has a slight Bob Dylan quality about it. Acoustic guitar, violin, clarinet. 3) dark antiwar folk song. Only Smith and a guitar.
4) Again only Smith and a guitar. The lyrics are a continuation of the lyrics in The Bell.
5) Pete Seeger reciting The Bell. 6) DJ Spooky’s remix. Folk music with a beat and looped eerie electronic music. 7) Ithaca folk singer, Tara Nevins from Donna the Buffalo covers The Bell. If you prefer female vocals, try out this track. The guitar picking and fiddle playing is quite nice too. 8) Live a cappella version at the Washington Monument at a peace rally. Only Smith as vocals.

Track Listing
1. The Bell   5. The Bell (Spoken)
2. All We Need Is Love   6. Paranoia Network Remix
3. Merchants of Lies   7. The Bell (Tara Nevins)
4. The False Knight on the Road   8. The Bell (Live)