Long Island Shores

Long Island Shores

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by Mindy Smith
Singer/songwriter Mindy Smith first came to attention with a faithful cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" on a tribute to the latter, Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton. Smith's fine debut album, One Moment More


Singer/songwriter Mindy Smith first came to attention with a faithful cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" on a tribute to the latter, Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton. Smith's fine debut album, One Moment More, arrived the following year and marked her as a country-pop talent worth watching. "Come to Jesus," the album's leadoff track, though uncharacteristic of the rest of the record, gave Smith a substantial hit and readied her newly acquired audience for the sequel. Long Island Shores doesn't exactly take Smith to new places -- she remains perched firmly between mainstream and daring -- but it's as solid an effort as that debut and confirms that the level of talent it displayed was no fluke. On Long Island Shores, Smith never succumbs to the clichés of craftsmanship or production that mar so many contemporary efforts within the genre. Although her tunes are relatively free of edge and quirk and her voice is naturally tender and crystalline, the vulnerability and honesty in her words and delivery elevate her quickly from novice to confident veteran. Smith is willing to explore and unafraid of intimacy. In the heartrending title track she longs for a family reunion that can never be, and the intimate soul-baring detail of "Peace of Mind" is confessional songwriting at its best: "I need peace of mind and a lullaby/'Cause there is an angry voice in my head tonight/Telling me to do things that can't be right." Those looking for more along the lines of "Come to Jesus" will find it in the evangelistic "I'm Not the Only One Asking" and "Little Devil," in which surprise overcomes her: "I thought he'd have two big horns and look at me with big red eyes/Instead he wore those baby blues and whispered promises and lies." Though there is a seriousness to much of her writing, it's not all meant to weigh heavily: "Tennessee" is a love letter to her adopted home, and both love (of the non-religious
on-geographic sort) and loss find themselves the center of attention in tracks like "Edge of Love," "You Know I Love You Baby," and "What If the World Stops Turning?" It remains to be seen whether Mindy Smith will emerge as a major player, but there's no sophomore jinx here. Though some might find it on the meek and lightweight side, many more will likely revisit Long Island Shores again and again.

Product Details

Release Date:
Vanguard Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mindy Smith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Buddy Miller   Electric Guitar,Mando
Roger Moutenot   Keyboards,Drum Loop
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Daniel Tashian   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,12-string Guitar,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony
Reese Wynans   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Andrea Zonn   Viola
David Henry   Cello
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Lex Price   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Tenor)
Jonathan Trebing   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Marks   Bass
Kyle Andrews   Synthesizer
Nick Buda   Drums

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Dennis Robbins   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Producer,Audio Production
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Roger Moutenot   Producer,Engineer
Maia Sharp   Composer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Bill Warner   Engineer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Lex Price   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Traci Goudie   Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Mindy Smith   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Fred Wilhelm   Composer
David Whitehead   Management
Brian Siskind   Engineer

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Long Island Shores 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was Soooo disappointed in this cd. I loved her first cd and was excited to get the new one. I popped it in the player and kept waiting for a tune I liked- it never came! It is just blah and nothing stands out. I played it several more times on different days, thinking maybe it was just me, but it never got any better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD, every song on it is good. I am able to play it over and over and never get tired of it. Mindy Smith is great.If you like a beautiful woman's voice and well written songs out of Nashville I think you will enjoy this CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago