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5.0 out of 5 stars A Song Cycle Of Love, 15 Sep 2013
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Angel Delta (Southsea Hants) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Love Calling (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Darden Smith is another singer/songwriter in a long line of country performers who don't get the recognition that they deserve. "Love Calling" is Smith's fourteenth studio album since his 1986 debut "Native Soil". It is an acoustic song cycle woven around the theme of love and the ways in which love is manifested - redemption, jealousy, devotion, heartache and heartbreak. The songs are among the best that Smith has ever written.

"Mine 'til Morning" is a haunting evocation of love on the rebound and his duet with Jessi Alexander is simply gorgeous as a steel guitar rises in counterpoint. "Favourite Way" is a beautiful and sensual paean to the woman he loves, a reverb guitar opens "Better Now" a song of love redeemed and "I Smell Smoke" is a steel guitar suffused song of jealously.

"Angel Flight" is a sterling song about a helicopter pilot taking wounded soldiers from the battlefield, not romantic love but love of dedication and duty. But it is the darkness of "Baltimore" that, for me, is the album's finest moment. It is a brooding, desolate song of love lost but a song of great beauty, too.

Darden Smith's songs are the hallmark of mature and intelligent songwriting and the simple acoustic backings allow the subtle beauty of melody and lyrics to hold centre stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darden is still alive, 12 Dec 2013
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P. G. Rutten "record collector" (Venray, Limburg Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Love Calling (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
As a singer songwriter has already made as many records as Darden has made it always is difficult to add every times something really new to it. But Darden sings and writes songs which always catches the fire inside. That's why this record needs to be added to the collection of all his fans. Which i am one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darden smith, 11 Sep 2013
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Mr. J. Arnold (UK) - See all my reviews
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Once again Darden comes up with another fantastic album, this is just a continuation of Marathon qualities, just put on your headphones sit back and listen and relax.
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