Modern country artist Mindy Smith established herself
as a melodic folk pop songwriter with her debut album One Moment
More in 2004. Maintaining the tenets of her signature soft
flowing pastorals and graceful vocals, Smith has returned with
her second endeavor, Long Island Shores, which takes the
listener through her journey from living on Long Island to settling
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Born in Smithtown, Long Island, Smith made the move to Tennessee
after college and her mother's passing. One Moment More's
songs grapple with her emotions dealing with the loss of her mother
but the new material deals with what has been happening to her
ever since. Though many numbers have reflections of the acoustic
country/folk creeds she displayed on her debut album, shown in
songs like "Peace Of Mind," "Out Of Control"
and "Please Stay," she also stretches out her wings,
demonstrating elements of bluegrass, jazz, classic blues, and
The classic acoustic folk clasps on the opening track "Out
Loud" have a heavenly resonance sustaining an Alison Krauss
latitude. The melodies float with gorgeous fluid tones and silky
keys like on the modern country ballads "Edge Of Love"
and "You Just Forgot." The tune "Little Devil"
dips into darker, more melancholic ethers with embroiling mandolin
verses that pour like a Robinella lava. The sparse acoustic
guitar paddling and vocal melody of "Tennessee" have
hints of bluegrass along the melodic country lines. The willowy,
haunting notes and timbers of "I'm Not The Only One Asking"
is lit by wicked guitar strokes taking on a Van Zandt depth.
The duet of Smith and bluegrass crooner Buddy Miller "What
If The World Stops Turning" has a country/folk swelling similar
to the Alison Krauss' and James Taylor's duet for "How's
The World Treating You." The acoustic country mounds touched
up by jazz overtures on "You Know I Love You Baby" injects
the movements with some lightly traipsed hip hop steps. But it's
the sweet, downy violins hovering on the title track along bluesy
toned vocals that bring out warm breezes reminiscent of Rory
Block on the album.
Mindy Smith's latest release further probes into her love of
melodic folk and country staves and nips at complementary aspects
of jazz, country rock, and classic blues. There is a sense that
she has not reached her full bloom with this album, but the pleasing
aesthetics of Long Island Shores are too persuasive to
let this one go by without taking in its cleansing laps.
1. Out Loud
2. Little Devil
3. Edge Of Love
4. Please Stay
6. I'm Not The Only One Asking
7. What If The World Stops Turning
8. You Just Forgot
9. You Know I Love You Baby
10. Out Of Control
11. Long Island Shores
12. Peace Of Mind
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