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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.
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.
- 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
- Mike Patton - guest vocals
- Jack Endino - engineer
- Michael James - engineer
- Daniel Rey - engineer
- Randall Martin - logo
- Charles Peterson - photography
- Howard Rosenberg - photography
- Jeff Price - art director