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For Lovers Dreamers & Me

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Alice Smith is an uncategorizable and rare artist whose commanding 4-octave voice lets her skip across genres effortlessly and transport you along with it.

1. Dream
2. Woodstock
3. Gary Song
4. New Religion
5. Do I
6. Fake Is The New Real
7. Desert Song
8. Know That I...
9. Secrets
10. Love Endeavor

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbe / Beat Gen
  • ASIN: B000FUIV3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Geminigirl on November 19, 2006
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Once again in my search for music, Amazon's recommendations led me to a unique new artist. I listened to the track samples, liked what I heard & bought the cd. I like to pick up music by artists who take chances with their music and refuse to be categorized or stuck into a particular genre of music just because of their skin color!

The music on this disc is hard to classify because as one poster mentioned, a couple of the songs do have a "broadway" feel, with the type of instrumentation that builds to great crescendos but might not necessarily get played on the radio - which is a shame, but others have enough of the neo-soul groove to become hit songs (if they're heard that is).

The disc clocked in at a little under an hour, with 10 strong songs that each have an individual enough sound so that listeners won't get bored - although the songs are mostly mid-tempo, the lyrics and sounds of each make them individually unique (at least to me).

The songs that stand out to me are: SECRETS - a really pretty ballad; KNOW THAT I - dreamt lyrics & music production; DREAM - this is one of the songs with a "broadway build up"; DO I - interesting ballad; LOVE ENDEAVOR - a mid-tempo groove which mixes in an interesting spanish guitar sound; GARY SONG - love the funky beats of this song; FAKE IS THE NEW REAL - I liked the lyrics only initially but the unstructured production is growing on me & DESERT SONG - another interesting song that showcases her unique voice.

I would highly recommend this disc if you are a listener with eclectic tastes who enjoys good music that doesn't fit into narrow categories. Hopefully good word-of-mouth can help draw attention to this disc so that more people can get a chance to hear Alice's music.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike S. Smutny on November 20, 2006
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I bought this because I heard the song "New Religion" on XM Radio and loved it enough to call my local independant record store from my car. It's a genre bending song that's equal parts Shannon McNally, Fiona Apple, and Irma Thomas. Fortunately the rest of disc is all good. Really good. She has a really interesting voice that can be strong and clear or low and smokey. Like a cross between Chaka Khan and Nikka Costa. "Fake is the New Real" is my favorite, a timely commentary that's effortlessly spare and funky in the way that Joss Stone tries to be but works way too hard at. Her band plays like a jazz combo and easily mixes R & B, blues, pop, cabaret, jazz, and soul. Desert Song is stellar blues that's similar to the second disc of Christina Aguilera's new disc (don't dis me 'til you've heard it) Other stand outs are Gary's Song, Do I, Dreams, and Love Endeavor.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Phillips VINE VOICE on December 19, 2007
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Walking down the aisles of the music store earlier this year, I stopped and stared at this very album. The cover intrigued me. I love art that has cartoonish elements, and as ashamed as I am to admit this, I really do judge albums by their cover sometimes. I was about ready to buy it, but a little voice inside me told me to wait until I at least heard some samples from Alice Smith. Unfortunately, her name slipped my mind until one day I saw her listed in Entertainment Weekly as a new artist to look out for. It was around that time that For Lovers, Dreamers, & Me was going to be released by major label, Epic Records. I pre-ordered it and when it finally arrived in my mailbox, I ripped the box open and immediately started listening to it.

Alice Smith's voice is unique, fresh, sultry, deep, expressive, and simply beautiful. Her voice is matched with a very unique style, not easily classified in any specific genre. (Some call her a black Fiona Apple, whose music I actually like a lot. I can see some similarities, but I think Alice is different in many ways. Alice herself says some of her music reminds her of the Muppets. Um... alright.) Smith conveys emotion through her songs with amazing artistry and skill. She also has a four-octave range, which is quite impressive. She puts this talent to use on quite a few of the tracks, including "Dream," which recently got her a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Alternative Performance.

"Dream," the opening track, is simply breath-taking. I could not get past this track for over than a week because it's just that amazing. (And no, I'm not exaggerating.) Beginning with a staggering plunk of the piano and Alice's passionate vocals, the song tells a story of a newly infatuated woman, wanting to be everything that he sees in his dreams.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey N. Fritz VINE VOICE on September 13, 2006
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For a debut album, Alice Smith's "For Lovers, Dreamers & Me" is a knockout! The songs are well written, and well produced (not over engineered and not too skimpy sounding.) They are performed with a smoothness, a sense of ease and degree of professionalism that belies such a young talent.

Alice Smith has an incredible voice. Smooth as silk at times, powerful when the song needs it and with a range that is absolutely amazing.

This is a stong CD from a terrific singer with great potential. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devon C. Johnson on February 17, 2007
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When it comes to this type of music, I'm reluctant to use the "N" word. It's easily the most misused word in the R&B lexicon. "Neo-Soul" I find it funny that most albums tagged neo-soul tend to be anything but. Most of them sound old. In comes Alice Smith who, like me, would love to do away with the term as well. The only problem is that she actually created an album that can only be defined truly as neo-soul. Allow me to explain. The one genre that has yet to receive its much needed make-over is R&B. Most R&B singers these days either sing over rap beats, or recycle R&B tracks from the days of old. No one has been able to escape these traps and expand the genre beyond its current boundaries.

Now, it would be unfair of me to say that Alice Smith has done this. But it's safe to say she has the talent to make it happen. Most R&B artists that claim to be diverse tend to create individual songs with a genre in mind for each. For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me manages to be musically varied without overreaching. Somehow, Smith managed to blend her diverse taste in music with astonishing consistency and clarity. "Dream" starts off with a simple piano line and ends with Smith showing off her upper register over spanish style fanfare. Next comes the soulful bounce of "Woodstock" with its own fish choir (seriously) singing over a horn section. It's obviously not you typical R&B affair and reads sillier than it sounds, but don't let it deter you. Anyone who is not a believer needs a couple of sessions with "New Religion." The song starts off with that sideways style vocal over what seems like a typical country-ish ditty. Good enough in its own right, but it's when Alice brings it home that really makes it incredible. The last minute of the song contains a vocal only a truly gifted singer can deliver.
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