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Boomkat Product Review:
This second Heatmiser album was the last to feature original bassist Brandt Peterson who was later to be replaced by Quasi's Sam Coomes. It was released in 1994, the same year Elliott Smith released his solo album, Roman Candle. While there are vast stylistic differences between that record and this album for his band Heatmiser, Smith's contribution to the material on Cop And Speeder certainly shifts towards the kind of masterful songwriting he'd later find mainstream success with. Of course it's not all about Smith, bandmate Neil Gust shares writing responsibilities and is author to the more overtly punk-influenced songs on the album, but the show is inevitably stolen by the ascendance of Smith's formidable talents (just listen to the awesome 'Something To Lose'). This, like the other reissues of Heatmiser's Frontier releases are indispensable to anyone looking to trace the roots of one of the very finest songwriters in recent American history.