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.
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