- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The songs on “One Moment More,” Nashville singer-songwriter Mindy Smith’s debut album, are nothing to write Bob Dylan about. Yet the Long Island-born Miss Smith has one of those voices, a pure and penetrating soprano, that leads one to overlook bland motivational lyrics and see-them-coming-a-mile-away chord progressions.

Written in a safe, folk-country mid-tempo range, “Moment” also has in its corner the one redeeming thing about the assembly line of Music Row: session musicians such as guitarist Kenny Vaughn and drummer Shannon Forrest, who play proficiently and with an impeccable taste in tone.

Co-producer and guitarist Steve Buckingham, too, gives Miss Smith an unobtrusive ambience that provides the right amount of color without ever detracting from her voice.

“I know I’m not that pretty / I’m only average smart,” she sings on “Fighting for it All” — hard to believe on both counts. “Come to Jesus” and “Angel Doves” suggest Miss Smith is a spiritual seeker of some sort, and, fittingly, the mood she induces is one of quiet reflection and evocation.

Miss Smith walks out of “Moment” with a hidden track: the great Dolly Parton number “Jolene,” which she delivers with the soft strength of Alison Krauss.

This gal has the right idea.

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