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Deep Fantastic Blue
     

Deep Fantastic Blue

by Darden Smith
 

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When CBS (now Sony) signed Darden Smith in 1987, they may have hoped they were getting another country-pop singer-songwriter like Rodney Crowell. By the time a couple of albums had suffered undeserved anonymity, however, they may have been hoping for a critics' favorite with a modest commercial breakthrough like

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When CBS (now Sony) signed Darden Smith in 1987, they may have hoped they were getting another country-pop singer-songwriter like Rodney Crowell. By the time a couple of albums had suffered undeserved anonymity, however, they may have been hoping for a critics' favorite with a modest commercial breakthrough like John Hiatt. But major labels do not wait forever for even the most promising artist to start exceeding his advances, and with this, his fifth album, Smith is now recording for his manager's indie label. It turns out this is all for the better, artistically, anyway. Darden's well-written songs are sufficiently straightforward enough to answer to any one of several production ideas. A good country producer could take them in a Garth-like direction, and a good rock producer could find another Tom Petty. Instead, Stewart Lerman has assembled a stellar backup unit of relative unknowns -- anchored by bassist Graham Maby from the old Joe Jackson Band, and guitarist Richard Kennedy and drummer Stanley John Mitchell from the late, lamented Drongos -- for a restrained folk-rock treatment that emphasizes the songs. Smith's lyrics cover familiar ground, touching on restlessness, hopelessness, hope, despair, freedom, aging, and, oh, yeah, lust. But he often has unusual ways of putting things, and he sings with conviction. There may not be a place for him on a major anymore, but he continues to grow as a songwriter and performer, and perhaps an audience will find him yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
PLUMP RECORDS
UPC:
0787894790926
catalogNumber:
7909

Tracks

  1. First Day of the Sun
  2. Broken Branches
  3. Running Kind
  4. Skin
  5. Silver & Gold
  6. Drowning Man
  7. Different Train
  8. Chariots
  9. Stop Talking
  10. Hunger

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darden Smith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Curtis Stigers   Background Vocals
Stewart Lerman   Percussion,Keyboards
Graham Maby   Bass
Steuart Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Richard Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Darden Smith   Art Direction
Steve Addabbo   Remixing
Dave Darlington   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Sammy Merendino   Producer,Contributor
Steuart Smith   Producer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Melissa Bailey   Art Direction
John Wilson   Art Direction

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