The first thing I like about 'Leave Your Shoes' is how it brings me back to first hearing Joni's Morning Morgantown. The dreamy romance and youthful innocence and how it colors our perceptions. Then you dig deeper into tracks like Miss Misery ("You don't know you're free") and Busy Bee ("Oh, be still, and know that I am God") and you begin to hear an older, wiser voice emerge.
With a delicate, vocal style reflective of Mindy Smith, each of these songs becomes a reminder to slow down, and listen and watch the world turn and how you turn with it, as opposed to thinking we turn the world.
But youth does have its drawbacks, and one of those is preciousness. Though her heart be in the right place, her covers of Wafarin' Stranger' and Be Thou My Vision are just a little too…well, precious. This shouldn't detract you from listening and looking forward to her future releases as she grows into her art and defines herself even more clearly.
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