Mindy Smith | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $18-$22

On her 2009 album, Stupid Love, country-leaning singer-songwriter Mindy Smith was mired in treacle—her romantic music and lyrics didn't have nearly enough tension or grit to balance the sweetness. But on her terrific new self-titled album from Giant Leap/TVX, she's reclaimed some of her old twang and fighting spirit, even though the recording is just as modern sounding and polished as its predecessor—Smith has never been the hardscrabble type. On the first cut, "Closer," Smith expresses her determination to survive an unnamed hardship; on "Don't Mind Me" she shuts herself away to sort out the chaos in her life; and on "When You're Walking on My Grave" she warns her murderer that she'll haunt him forever. There are moments of tenderness too—on "Pretending the Stars," she sounds giddy about a new romance, and on "Everything Will Be Fine" she assures the spirit of her deceased mother that her kids are doing well, punctuating the song's final word with a catch in her voice. Smith is a stunning vocalist, with a clear, sweet voice and a masterful understanding of when and how to elongate a word—and her scrappy band's elemental blues and honky-tonk structures give her a lot of room to work her magic. —Peter Margasak Rosi Golan opens. A



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