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Looking forward to more from Smith
June 14, 2004
From the moment I heard the song "Come To Jesus" I knew I was going to need to have Mindy Smith's CD in my collection.
Even if you're not a religious person (which I'm not) or even a spiritual person (I am, but it's buried deep), "Come To Jesus" will tug at you. The most evocative song on the album, it is both lush and melancholy, uplifting and somber. A perfect blend of glorious days filled with sunlit clouds and stormy ones with rough winds ripping at the trees. For this song alone it is worth the price of the CD. But Smith has more to offer, of course. "It's Amazing", with its gentle upbeat tempo, is another stand-out, and "Hurricane" has a reserve of emotion that is just lovely.
As I listened to the whole of the CD I kept thinking of Alison Krauss. Smith has a similar purity to her voice and has the same tendency to stay in an upper register, but she lacks the inherent sweetness that marks Krauss's voice, which sets her apart nicely from her peer. I'm sure there are other singers in the country/folk field to whom comparisons can be drawn, but for me, especially on the slower songs, Krauss was the one that stayed in my head. Comparisons aside, Smith's voice has a certain sound, a tone really, that lays across your skin like the softest, most comforting blanket.
It certainly seems to me that 'One Moment More' is one of those albums that will distinguish a certain time and place, maybe even a person, in your life. In other words, it will become part of a memory. You'll listen to it years later and remember so strongly that a particular song was playing when you were driving down a solitary road in the middle of an autumn month and everything just seemed so right.
Listen to "Come To Jesus" and you'll see.