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Not Art Rock: Top 10 'Smart Rock' Albums

There's indie rock. And then there's indie rock in horn-rimmed glasses. Not quite art rock, but "smart rock." According to the lexicographers at Urban Dictionary, smart rock is:

"...music that appeals to a discerning, educated audience ... often mellow yet complex ... the antonym of 'dude rock.'

Example: 'Instead of studying their AP English Literature homework, William and Sara made out to Smart rock on the couch.'"

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David Brown
David Browne is a contributing editor of Rolling Stone and the author of Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth and Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Spin and other outlets. He is currently at work on Fire and Rain, a book that will track the lives and careers of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young during the pivotal year of 1970.