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Hailing from Long Island, New York, newcomer Mindy Smith has one foot in Appalachia and the other planted south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Her laconic delivery and the woozy sonic backdrops will mark her as a child of Lucinda, and some of those comparisons are apt. But like Kathleen Edwards, Smith may affect some of Williams's sound, but the writer's voice is all her own. They all share a common penchant for lacerating introspection, and in Smith's case the struggle for some kind of redemption or peace of mind has an electrifying urgency. Co-producing with Steve Buckingham (who most recently has been the architect of Dolly Parton's bluegrass triumphs), Smith keeps a top-tier cast of musicians sotto voce, sculpting a spare, evocative backdrop that gives buoyancy to her airy, soft vocals. The quiet shuffle of "It's Amazing" is the ideal complement to her upbeat, near-bemused attitude toward new love, just as the contained drive that morphs into jagged, bustling rock 'n' roll in "Fighting For It All" underscores Smith's determined vow to overcome any obstacle in her life's path. This daughter of a minister and a choir director also reveals, and revels in, a strong spiritual streak, as boldly expressed in the album opener, "Come to Jesus," a bristling, tempestuous advisory to seek guidance and healing from the Son of God, and in the wispy, tenderly rendered wisdom of "Angel Doves" ("Keep on believing God is / Soaring above a world that's / Running out of love"). The album closes with a spirited cover of Parton's "Jolene," with the country queen sitting in, but Smith really doesn't need the help. She is formidable on her own.
Performance CreditsMindy Smith Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Dolly Parton Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings Hammond Organ
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar
David Angell Violin
Steve Buckingham Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ
Steve Conn Accordion,Hammond Organ
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor Violin
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Griffith Percussion,Drums
Jim Grosjean Viola
Viktor Krauss Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Daniel Tashian Vocal Harmony
Kenny Vaughan Electric Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass
Chris Carmichael Violin,Cello,Viola
Will Kimbrough Electric Guitar
David Jacques Bass
Kathryn Vanosdale Violin
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
John Deaderick Piano,Keyboards
Lex Price Mandolin
Greg Woodruff Vocal Harmony
Micol Davis Tambourine
Technical CreditsDolly Parton Composer
Scott Baggett Engineer
Steve Buckingham Producer,Audio Production
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Paul Hart Engineer
Marshall Morgan Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Bart Pursley Engineer
Mindy Smith Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The quality of recording is so good that it can be used for testing out good audio systems. The singer has deep, soulful voice and the instruments fill the gaps aptly. In short, a great CD to own, for your awesome music system.
Wow! This is the best CD I've heard in a long time, and it's a debut album too! Mindy Smith's voice is so beautiful and pure it's a must-have for any music lover. You will love her lyrics and beautiful melodies. If you can only get one CD, this is the one to get! It's hard to believe that every song on the CD has the quality and depth that all these songs have. You will not be disappointed.
I JUST GOT MINDY SMITH CD.ONE MOMENT MORE,IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DEEP SONG'S I'VE EVER HEARD AND THIS LADY HAS THE VOICE OF A ANGEL ILOVE THE SONG HURRICANE. AND FIGHTING FOR IT ALL.THE WHOLE CD IS GREAT, A MUST FOR MUSIC LOVER.SO HURRY AND GIT iT,THANK'S SO MUCH.
From start to finish this is my favorite so far this year. She has so much of what I loved about Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin to name a few of the greats but this is fresh, on the spiritual side at times but real music with great lyrics, production and that voice. Nice cover of Jolene from Dolly Parton with Dolly on background, nice way to close it all.
I stumbled upon Mindy on a United 777 flight from Maui to Seattle and listened to her album over and over again (on the pre-recorded provided channels) until we pulled into the gate! She has a very beautiful soothing voice. I'm so glad I found this talented artist. I'm going to go buy her CD now!
What a truly amazing debut album. I've never heard a voice that evokes such powerful emotions. It's so pure and makes you feel as if you're experiencing the same emotions that the person in each song is experiencing. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
I heard an interview on the radio with Mindy Smith and they were playing pieces from her debut CD and I was so impressed I had to purchase it! It is the most moving, refreshing and enjoyable music that I haven't heard in a long time!! Congrats Mindy!
I first heard of Mindy Smith when I saw the video "Jolene" on a country music station while flipping through the channels on TV one night. The song hooked me with the smooth vocals and haunting sound. Mindy Smith has a wonderful voice and this, her first album, is much more folksy/adult contemporary than country. The lyrics are all straight forward, and her subjects are of a wide enough range that you're likely to find at least a few that you can personally relate to your own life. An overview of the songs: Come to Jesus - I'm not a religious person, though I do have a spiritual side. This song still hits me in a personal place even with the religious overtones. Mindy Smith does a good job pulling it off without it sounding preachy at all. A smooth song that will make you feel watched over. It's one of my favorites off of the album. Falling - This was the second song I ever heard by Mindy Smith, which I heard months ago on her website. A soft, sweet song about how love pulls you in from your troubles. Raggedy Ann - Another slow melodic song, this one holds more of a sad tone than the others. "I'm just a little girl / I'm Raggedy Ann / making believe I'm happy." A song about feeling unnoticed and lonely. Fighting For It All - This song picks up the pace. The title tells all - it focuses on fighting for the things you want, and the upbeat tempo of the song mirrors the purpose well. Train Song - A folksy ballad about a lover waiting for a train to bring her man back. "I'm just wondering / I need to ask / is my sweet man on that train?" You can hear the worry in Mindy's voice at the possibility that her lover might choose not to return. It's Amazing - A light, happy love song about how love has changed her for the better and set her free. "Can't you see / it's amazing what you do to me / took my heart and made me feel things I've never felt before." Angel Doves - Another spiritual/religious song about God. This is one of the slower songs on the CD. Some lyrics are, "when it's hard for you to breathe, keep a clear mind," and "keep on believing God is soaring above a world that's running out of love." It's a pretty song, though it didn't hit me as hard as the first song on the CD. Down in Flames - This one continues the slow, laid back tempo that seems to be prevalent through most of the CD. "I would tell you I was happy, if I wasn't so damn sad." A song about trying to keep your head up when all the little things seem to be out to get you. Hurricane - This one's about heartache and the difficulty of moving on with your life once a relationship has failed. Mindy heartfully sings lines like, "I need a hurricane to straighten out this place." Hard to Know - This one finally breaks the slow tempo feeling of the album. Her voice sounds more synthesized here, and it's fastest song on the album. It's a welcome change of pace, and it has a catchy tune. It's another religiously overtoned song about needing to pray to "break through to the light of day." One Moment More - The last song on the album, and things slow done once more for it. The title of the album got its name from this song, a song about wanting to hold on to the one you love just a little longer before they have to go. Mindy seems to be imploring listeners to stay and listen a little while longer, and if you're in the mood for relaxing, spiritually fulfilling music, you'll probably do just that. I definitely enjoyed this album, and think it's worth the purchase price. I would have enjoyed one or two more slightly uptempo songs, but this is great for relaxing and unwinding to.