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CD: Dardin Smith – Love Calling

Dardin Smith
Love Calling
Angel Flight 3:59
Seven Wonders 3:35 Mine till Morning 3:29 Better Now  3:39 Favorite Way 2:59  Love Calling  3:45 Distracted 3:46 Reason to Live 3:43 I
Smell Smoke   4:22Medicine Wheel   3:15 Baltimore 3:05
The way my week
has been going I really could use an Angel
Dardin Smith really sets that tone that I could use at this point.
Monday I find out there is a large section of my frontal lobe that was removed
during the operation to keep me alive. Since waking from the coma, and the
problems that have since followed, I believed that I would probably have to undergo
another surgery to remove a scar. Well, I found out there was nothing they
could do about it and it’ll only get worse until I wind up in complete
dementia. Tuesday, the next door neighbor dies, and Wednesday my brother winds
up beginning a divorce.
            It’s hard not to think about these
things and let them get you down. So, I’ve decided to enjoy every moment until
I’m mentally gone. Angel Flight perfectly
matched my mood as I began this album. Lyrically, it’s the comforting words
that seem to sooth, “Come on brother, I’m taking you home.”
changes the mood and tone to some upbeat country with just nice acoustics,
and simple drumbeat keeping the pace. It is about a girl that has become the
seven wonders of his world. So far, I really like Dardin Smith. He has a great
voice, matching lyrics, and seems to keep it as real as can be; no keyboards, no
digital mixes, no in your face type pounding. It’s just great country.
Till Morning
is a song that sends out the question to a girl. “Could you be
mine till the morning?” It gets to a man like me who sits by himself at night,
writing on a laptop, while sitting in bed. Better
is about a slide into darkness, and how he is better now because those
black clouds have cleared. Every day he gets higher, better now. This is a song
that I’d love to jam out to a girl if I could remember how to play guitar.
            The title track, Love Calling, is way more upbeat and has
a fiddle accompanying it with empty strokes. His singing kind of gets you
bouncing in your seat. There is a keyboard on this but it just adds to the
Smell Smoke,
he sings and all I can think of is a cigarette.  I like this album, but he must be a
nonsmoker. Wait a minute, I think he realizes his girl is getting back with her
ex- because he smells smoke and that means she’s cheating on him.
            I really enjoyed this album. It was
much more down to Earth than I have seen in a while. The album reminds me of
hanging out at late night jam sessions with friends. The stories were real and
you could trust each other and build from each other. Dardin Smith just sounds
like he is an approachable guy and he would really enjoy your input on his
songs. He just seems like a guy who just plays small mountain venues, like a
late night gig in a lodge and a fire keeping the entire room warm. Maybe it’s
not your kind of music you think, but if it catches you in the mood I was in
you couldn’t find anything more perfect and fitting.
Jeremy Frost for
Country Music News International

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