Long Island Shores
Label: Vanguard Records
This stellar sophomore effort finds Mindy Smith walking between mainstream country and adventurous Americana with the ease and grace of a Cirque De Soleil tightrope walker. Her singing exudes a very loving tone of voice that immediately kisses your ears with the floating opener, "Out Loud." The title track showcases Smith's penchant for poetic lyrics as it unfolds the narrative of a young woman pining for a family reunion that she'll never live to see. More melancholic than her debut, Long Island Shores reveals a woman who knows how to find true beauty deep in the darker pockets of life.