Long Is­land Shores Van­guard ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Joe Breen

This is a wil­lowy slow-burner. Mindy Smith is a highly re­garded singer-song­writer out of Nashville who was raised on Long Is­land by a min­is­ter and his wife af­ter they adopted her at birth. There is an oth­er­world­li­ness to her voice and songs on this, her sec­ond album, that is redo­lent of some­one like Patty Grif­fin – though Smith, un­der­stand­ably, has a much stronger fix on mat­ters spir­i­tual. Equally, her singing is marked by a ten­der­ness and thought­ful­ness that is mir­rored in the songs and play­ing, which is not sur­pris­ing with the likes of gui­tarists Buddy Miller and Bryan Sut­ton in­volved. In­deed, Miller duets with Smith on one of the album’s out­stand­ing tracks, What If the World Stops Turn­ing, a model of the kind of folk-pop to which Smith seems nat­u­rally drawn. www.mindysmith.net

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