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Deep Fantastic Blue

Darden Smith, Darden SmithAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independent Nat'l Di
  • ASIN: B000006LS7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Day of the Sun
2. Broken Branches
3. Running Kind
4. Skin
5. Silver & Gold
6. Drowning Man
7. Different Train
8. Chariots
9. Stop Talking
10. Hunger

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD February 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Darden Smith has backed up lots of "name" musicians, but he has gotten almost no exposure. Too bad. There are few literate songwriters who can play, sing, stay true to their muse and still produce songs with melodies that stick with you without becoming irritating. This album is one of my top 10 -- every tune is perfectly crafted, the arrangements are right, the production is spare, but the sound is rich.
I saw him play at a very small venue outside Philadelphia a few years ago -- there were about 20 people in the audience. He stepped down off the stage, sat on a stool, and took requests. You've heard the concert analogy, "It was like being in his livingroom". Well, this is the closest I've ever come to that kind of experience.
I wish some record company would recognize what this guy can do and get another record out. This one's a winner. Don't miss it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs May 7, 2002
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
Darden's previous album - "Little Victories" - is so close to perfection that its follow up inevitably had much to live up to.
They are quite different albums in texture. the former closer to pop (smooth and cultured), the latter harder edged, less polished.
If there's a problem with DFB, I don't think it's the songs. You only have to hear Darden perform the songs on stage to realise that, or check out the new versions on "Extra, Extra" which I think are so much better. Comparing them, the DFB versions sound a little "thin" and underdeveloped, while the new versions have real depth - both musically and vocally. The difference is marked.
So it's the production at fault, I guess. Indeed, there are one or two songs that would benefit from a revamp, like the raucous "Different Train", or "Skin" which would benefit from a more seductive vocal delivery. I'd love to hear both of those done again, since Darden has more recently developed his softer, more inviting style.
On the other hand, one can't ignore standout tracks, and in particular, "Drowning Man" which is really quite special. It's also the only time Darden slows things down on the album, and it makes you realise that there's a lack of light and shade in general. But "Drowning Man" is a terrific song that deals, I guess, with one of Darden's recurring spiritual themes in a very moving way. "First Day of the Sun" is another superb song (again, done much better on "Extra, Extra") with a memorable lyric and a great transition into the chorus. Classic Darden Smith.
On the whole, it's an album I wouldn't be without, but I do listen to it slightly frustrated that the whole package doesn't quite live up to the underlying quality of the songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars After Little Victories?? June 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Nice collection overall but it falls somewhat short after
the excellent Little Victories from 93'. I've been listening
to this one more and more on the random mode on my cd player and find this much more interesting than when it first came out. I think Darden had
gone through some major life changes during these sessions
with record labels etc. so it was great to have it come out
all the same. One of the smoothest voices out there! Check
out the newer material SUNFLOWER(02') and the lastest gem CIRCO!(2004)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another record hits home! February 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Darden Smith is clearly one of the more gifted singer/songwriters out there today. His ability to turn a phrase and make your heart break is beautifully complemented by melodies that leaving you humming for hours on end. The only way it gets better than this is to see him in person!
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