Back in the day, the Golden Smog concept of some friends in Minneapolis bands getting together to drink beer and play guilty-pleasure covers was all about having a good time. But now that there's a major label involved, plus two management firms along with legal reps, agents and stylists on the payroll - not to mention a recording session in Spain on the tab - the fun and games are essentially over. So it comes as no great shock that Another Fine Day sounds less like a party platter made by boozing buddies than a desperate attempt by yesterday's alt-country stars to slap together tunes that wouldn't sound out of place between Journey and Fleetwood Mac on classic rock radio. There are a few mellow numbers, a couple of 90s throwback rockers - all of them well below par lyrically for Gary Louris and Jeff Tweedy, who're likely saving what little decent material they have for their own albums. You can't really blame them: they probably knew this would tank.