Smithereens debut included in list of New Jersey’s best albums

The New Jersey Star Ledge has published a chronological list of “The 50 New Jersey Albums You Need to Listen to Before You Die” and included is the Smithereens first album “Especially For You”. Also on the list are albums by Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Patti Smith and the Feelies among others.

Here’s what they have to say about “Especially For You”. Check out the entire list.

24. “Especially For You,” The Smithereens, 1986
From the plain streets of Carteret and Scotch Plains leapt The Smithereens, an alt-rock outfit with a penchant for easy ‘60s melody and pounding rhythms. But there was a dark streak in singer Pat DiNizio’s writing, and a desperation surrounding his views on love. You hear it in the debut “Especially For You” and its rumbling Jersey rock classics “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”

Especially For You