5 A grower... Ignore the religiousness & it's simply gorgeousTheJournalist | 03/09/2008 | See all TheJournalist's reviews (6)Mindy Smith is a country and western singer, so be aware of that before you buy this album expecting something more conventionally pop-like! Words of warning out of the way, Smith's voice is unique; soft and gentle at times, and sharp as a flint at others. Its real magic is its ability to pierce you to your very core and fill you with the genuine and very powerful emotions she is singing about.My personal favourite track is Hurricane, simply because I related very closely to the beautifully simple lyrics. But arguably it's the track where Smith's voice is at its most potent. Some people might know One Moment More, a track written about Smith's mother, from the closing sequence of an episode of Smallville, and it is indeed a very, very heartfelt song.Other than the songs that have the ability to bring you inwardly to your knees there are several based on Smith's Christian faith. As long as you're not violently opposed to that, these faintly country-style tracks are extremely good in their own right, and provide an excellent intermission from the emotional peaks and troughs of the standout tracks.The album closes with a genuinely brilliant cover of Jolene, with the original singer of the track, Dolly Parton, on backing vocals. Again, the way Smith sings constructs in the listener's mind the scenes, characters and emotions that she is singing of.Listen to it with your eyes closed and let yourself be fully absorbed by the music, and by Mindy Smith's beautiful voice. It, like all the best albums, demands that you set time aside to dedicate to it, otherwise you won't benefit from its full and glorious impact.Enjoy.