An impressive amount of passion, effort, and manpower was utilized in Elsie Binxâ€™s debut album, Smile and a Bullet.
To create the album, four backup singers, several guitarists, a pianist, organist, and renowned engineers â€” to name a few â€” were used. The seven tracks were completely funded via vocalist Erin Accomandoâ€™s Indiegogo page. Accomando kept her fans and donors updated and involved via social media throughout the whole recording process.
Smile and a Bullet was released October 27, 2016, but sounds like it in the early 90s. The albumâ€™s opening track, “Best of Me,” could easily replace the Party of Five theme song.
“Get up” has the same catchy, feel-good effect; Get up get out back to the grind / thereâ€™s a smile and a bullet with you in mind / Why stay down when youâ€™re so close to shining. Very ‘Full House.’
While thereâ€™s no denying Elsie Binxâ€™s vocal and instrumental talent, the sound is a little hard to identify. It falls somewhere between a 90s sitcom and the church channel. The track possesses a vibe when listening to “10 Ft” in particular. The sound is almost reminiscent of a gospel group with secular lyrics.
The albumâ€™s last track, “Maybe,” is worth noting. Itâ€™s an edgier song with a little more soul than the others. The opening piano and violin compliment each other and immediately hook you in a way that can’t be easily explained. The heavier guitar riffs are a pleasant surprise, too.
Smile and a Bullet isnâ€™t something a younger pop-rock generation would be into, but it is a unique album filled with talented vocals, musicians, and passion. This song is a recommended listen if youâ€™re feeling nostalgic and looking for something different.