Album Name: Leave Your Shoes
Artist: Beth Whitney
Year/Label: 2007 / Malamute Records
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
I really wish I had not read Beth Whitney’s bio before listening to her. It stated more than once how she looks up to Mindy Smith and now I can’t hear anything except Mindy Smith when I listen. She really does sound an awful lot like her. I’m 99% positive I would have made the connection/comparison on my own eventually because it’s undeniable. But it’s especially noticeable on the first three songs, especially Wayfarin’ Stranger.
I understand emulating someone you admire, but this is like a carbon copy. Quite a compliment to Ms. Smith.
I like Mindy Smith, I do. I have her debut record and while I do not share her religious beliefs, it’s a pretty record and I enjoy listening to it.
So it would follow that I like Beth Whitney too. When I listen to these songs mixed in with others I don’t always make the Smith connection so perhaps part of it is psychological for me.
So with that out of the way…Beth has a lovely voice. It’s glides over the notes seemingly effortlessly.
The songwriting is equally great. The melodies are catchy and welcoming if not a little predictable. But for this genre that’s totally OK in my book.
The production is just the way I like it. The vocals are mixed up front which, since I love The Voice as an instrument, is just what I want to hear. It’s very professional and classy.
She’s very talented in her own right. I would love to see what her next record brings.
Posted on October 25, 2007
Listen to track samples
1. Miss Misery
3. Wayfarin’ Stranger
4. Busy Bee
5. Broken Beauty
7. There’s A Girl
8. Be Thou My Vision
9. Kickin’ Pinecones
10. Grandma Francis
11. Lights Out