Smith may call Nashville her home base, but you won't find anything near what Nashville passes off as talent these days corrupting this sublime collection.
One of the first contenders for everyone's 2004 best of list, Smith's debut may not, at first appear to be a debut. Her mesmerizing take of Dolly Parton's Jolene from last year's acclaimed Parton tribute 'Just Because I'm A Woman' caught everyone's ears, and rightfully, it could mislead many to think Smith's been around longer than she has.
But maybe she has been around longer than her thirty-one years belie, for there is an older soul at work on these eleven songs. Equal parts spiritual, Appalachian ballad and alt-country, the stunning opener Come To Jesus is a haunting remedy for salvation. With her clarion, tremulous voice finding a warm, rootsy niche between Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss, Raggedy Ann, Fighting For It All the swampy Train Song the unpretentious Down In Flames and forceful Hurricane become part of life's many intangibles. Add Jolene as a hidden bonus track and I double dare you not to list this one at the end of '04.
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