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Mindy Smith - Long Island Shore

Long Island Shores

Mindy Smith

Vanguard 79797-2

Vanguard Records
2700 Pennsylvania Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

This is going to be a tough one.

The easy part of this review is that there is nothing on Smith's sophomore disc as dramatic, as forceful, gripping, or as immediate as Come To Jesus, Jolene (a hidden bonus track), Fighting For It All or One Moment More from her debut disc.

Well, maybe, I'm Not The Only One Asking.

Perhaps because I praised that first disc to high heaven, I was waiting for Long Island Shores with far too much expectation. Let downs in the music business these days are more routine than at any time since Thomas Alva began recording. So about midway through my third listen, I dropped those expectations, hoping for anything to hang my hat on.

Well my hat's hanging, but the wall isn't too stable.

There's a sameness to Long Island Shores that can be taken either of two ways: either A) restive, contemplative, or B) as in boring. Save for Out Loud, Please Stay and Edge of Love, few of these songs barely shake the mid-tempo, nice-girl-with-her-nice-guitar-singing-her-nice-songs category. One Moment More promised that Mindy Smith could be/was much more than that. Long Island Shores, if not a step backwards, puts that promise on hold.

Track List:

  • Out Loud
  • Please Stay
  • Edge of Love
  • What if the World Stops Turning
  • You Just Forgot
  • Tennessee
  • You Know I Love You Baby
  • Little Devil
  • Out of Control
  • I'm Not the Only One Asking
  • Long Island Shores
  • Peace of Mind
Produced by Mindy Smith, Steve Buckinham, and Lex Price

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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