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Type of music generally:
Beautiful & fierce evocative/eclectic experimental folk-rock/alternative pop
Most recent release, famous secrets (2006)
Rachel Smith's CDBaby page
Tamara Williamson (solo and Mrs. Torrance), Rebecca Moore, '80s-era Jane Siberry, Sara Craig, Karen Peris (Innocence Mission), Veda Hille
Discovering Rachel Smith was like discovering a cool breeze on a hot day. Her music showed me that there are still ways of making pop songs that are innovative and edgy and yet melodic and catchy. Full of interesting tunes that stick in your head because you admire them. Extremely personal lyrics which are still universal—allusive yet not cryptic.
Recommended first album:
See CDbaby website
Rachel Smith—vocals, guitar, piano
Krista Muir—violin on 2 tracks, backing vocals on 1 track
Rachel Smith and Jason Corey, one track produced by Karl Mohr
This is one of my favourite discs of the year. I've been playing and playing and playing it. It's experimental pop, sweet and a touch edgy and full of interesting, allusive lyrics, strange little hooks and tunes and ways of putting songs together. Each tune has its own personality, and yet the album flows as a whole. I'm especially in utter love with the most Jane Siberry-like song, the album closer, "the waves", and the tango, "juanita", but the whole disc is a delight and I could list things I especially love about each song here.
Rachel Smith—vocals, piano, keyboards, Wurlizter, guitar, handclaps
Tamara Williamson—backing vocals, guitar, squeezebox, handclaps
Tamara Williamson; 1 track by Al Okada
famous secrets is more lo fi, lower key, looser, and somewhat subtler in effect than Rachel Smith's debut (though The Clearing was plenty subtle). This new album doesn't have the immediately galvinizing effect that The Clearing had on me, but its charm becomes more apparent with each listening. This is clearly an album that will continue to grow on me as I get to know it better—it's compelling from the start, as Rachel Smith's vocals and songwriting here are strong, mature, and affecting. Highly recommended.
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