Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Alice Smith

Listening to her album, I imagine Alice Smith late at night in a Takoma Park or Washington, D.C. bar, reaching out to and into the people with her voice, as if there's no stage, no space, between them and her, and leaving all of them with the certainty that there is no limit to how far this girl can go. She has range, slinkiness, and raw power in a classic voice that's perfect for soul music. Most impressive is the way she changes her stylistic delivery to fit the song - this lady can shout it like Tina, she can do sexy-strong like Fiona Apple, she can do sultry jazz or country with equal ease. She does all of that on her debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers, & Me, which I can't recommend highly enough.

Alice Smith - Do I (mp3)
Alice Smith - Desert Song (mp3)

There's more, even better stuff, here.

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