Harmacy is the sixth album by American indie rock band, Sebadoh. It was released by Sub Pop in 1996. It is the second and final Sebadoh album to feature drummer Bob Fay, who replaced founding member Eric Gaffney in 1994. The album cover features a photograph of a pharmacy in Cashel, Ireland, taken by band member Jason Loewenstein on tour. The missing "P" gave the album its title. As with its predecessor, Bakesale, the songwriting on Harmacy was handled primarily by Loewenstein and founding member, Lou Barlow, with Fay contributing the lone track, "Sforzando!," and the band covering "I Smell a Rat" by American hard rock band, The Bags. Like Bakesale, the album found Sebadoh flirting "with (relatively) polished production", as well as a pervasive use of electric guitars and longer song structures, marking a clear departure from the band's lo-fi, often acoustic earlier albums like their landmark release, Sebadoh III (1991). Released in the wake of Barlow's Top 40 hit, "Natural One," with his band Folk Implosion, Harmacy became Sebadoh's first charting album in the U.S., expanding on the success of Bakesale , and yielding the Modern Rock Tracks hit, "Ocean." The album was well-received by critics, albeit less so than Bakesale. Stephen Thompson of The Onion's A.V. Club wrote that Harmacy "doesn't have Bakesale's considerable staying power as a whole, but the strong balance of soft pop songs ("Too Pure," "Perfect Way," the elegant pop ballad " Willing to Wait") and abrasively punky rock songs ("Love To Fight," "Mind Reader," "Can't Give Up") still holds together somehow." Harmacy was included on several year-end lists in 1996, including Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Albums" (#8), the Village Voice's "Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll" (#36), and the NME's critics' poll (#38). Read more on Last.fm.
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