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Mindy Smith
Stupid Love
Vanguard Records
www.mindysmith.net


Singer-songwriter Mindy Smith has carved out a niche for herself in folk-pop's trenches, and her latest record Stupid Love digs her heels even deeper into its Mayberry-like landscape. Teetering on the fringes of modern country, Smith's songs have the catchy pulsating rustles of Antigone Rising and the comfy folk riffage of Colbie Caillat. The rivets of steel guitar drilled along "If I Didn't Know Any Better" are customized to Smith's vocals as soaring orchestral arrangements halo her movements. The upbeat tempo of "Highs And Lows" sets the album on a mission to move with urgency, and then withers to a slow roll along the soft dunes of "Love Lost." The melodic fittings are snug around Smith's vocals making Stupid Love an album that she was meant to deliver.

The dewy guitar drops and wispy crests of "Telescope" are draped around tranquilizing strings, which transition into the palpitating country rock romp of "What Love Can Do." Smith nestles her vocals comfortably in the nooks and crevasses of the tracks like they are made for her proportions. The songs have a soft folk-pop aesthetic that fans have come to associate with Smith, like the reflective pools of acoustic guitar tinseling "Couldn't Stand The Rain" and the ambling lifts of "Bad Guy." Smith tests the seas of torchlight-pop with the shallow waters of the piano-driven ballad "Surface," and steers the track beautifully through the soulful breeze. The album turns melancholic along the pensive strokes of "I'm Disappointed," and hopeful around the glazy acoustics and laid-back mood of "True Love Of Mine." The springy ripples of "Love Chases After me" inject an upward surge, before closing the album with a custard topping of jangly beats and feathering acoustics in "Take A Holiday."

Mindy Smith is a consummate country-folk artist eager to try out new ideas while remaining steadfast to some of the old ones. Her album Stupid Love is a perfect fit for her. Produced by Ian Fitchuk, Justin Loucks and Smith, Stupid Love widens folk-pop's panorama and breaks down the walls that keep it confined outside of soft rock's domain. With her heels dug into folk-pop's soil, Mindy Smith is an artist who is keeping on course and soaking in its ambience.

-Susan Frances

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