The Jayhawks


  • Columbia

If you somehow missed out on wondrous Jayhawks' albums like Hollywood Town Hall or Sound of Lies, then it's time to get on board and get a listen to one of the best albums of 2000.

Smile, the Jayhawks fifth album, is another magnificent effort from a crew that all but invented the term "Americana." Produced by Bob Ezrin—known for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and Pink Floyd—this set shimmers and shines with a rich soundscape of real instrumentation, deep melodies, and introspective lyrics.

The single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" is a bit reminiscent of Tom Petty. But the album really kicks in with a combination of beautifully lonesome ballads like "What Led Me to This Town" and "Better Days," with more uptempo fare like the Band-like earthiness of "A Break in the Clouds" and the pulsating "Queen of the World."

Kevin O'Hare