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  • Audio CD (April 27, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: April 27, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000281Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Darden Smith ~ Little Victories

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Very heartfelt lyrics and music.
Laura K. Hopingardner
I always consider this CD as one of great accomplishments from Darden and that once or twice a year we play this is special.
Don Jr
I think this is Darden's best(not that there's anything wrong with he others).
Androo

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By daniel hresko on May 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If there were order and justice in the world, Darden Smith would be a radio phenomenon, and Celine Dion would be waiting tables and skating in "Snoopy On Ice". "Little Victories", Darden's last CD before Sony F'd up and foolishly gave him the boot, is an amazingly well-crafted and performed work. The title track alone is worth the price of admission. Smith is not a writer who will knock you out with a single dazzling couplet; instead he finds a way to say beautifully those same things we all think in our own clumsy ways. In this, his songs work as a statement, making the listener's dreams and worries into Universals. A smooth voice (if I were a woman, that voice would likely take me over the edge), a quiet confidence, and an effortless musicianship give this CD it's silky, almost casual texture, a big change from his previous (though also superb) efforts. This CD is a bargain at any price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bluejay2" on June 15, 2001
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I fell in love with this album at first listen. "Little Victories" came over the air waves from a college station in New Paltz when I was in a particularly black mood, cramming for final exams my junior year of Vassar. Just hearing the song elevated my mood and changed my life in the same way that "Circle Game" did the first time I ever heard Joni Mitchell croon. Smith's spot-on lyrics ("Look at the angel/High above the sky/She must have burnt her wings now/Afraid to come down") and entrancing melodies showcase his virtuosic talent as both a singer and songwriter. However, the virtues of this album don't only extend to wistful tunes sung by a guy with an amazingly cool singing voice. (I've heard Smith described as reminiscent of Billy Joel, but with a Texas twang.) This is also a singer who is enlivened with Southern charm. On such numbers as "The Levee Song," Smith shows he knows how to swagger, but in a good way: "You say you don't love me, but I think you might/Meet me on the levee tonight." Based on Smith's extensive musical talent, he's got every reason to strut his stuff.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ross Carlson on July 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD was a personal discovery at a Tower Records listening station that has resonated within me for years. Darden is kind of like a friend you may have had prior to knowing he could sing, so you feel he's on your level and not trying to be anything but himself. The man on and off-stage are the same cool guy who's simply sharing his songs and love of music with you. And you're almost glad he's not any more famous than he is, so it doesn't seem like an illusion that you and he can relate. But a person probably needs to be down to earth to get him in a deep way anyway, so I think it's to his credit that he means a lot to the fans he has. The performances are unforced, human, and natural. Although these impressions even better describe his more recent work, I would still put THIS particular CD of his on my top ten albums for the reasons mentioned and because it is such a consistently good, cohesive set of songs. Like "Hole in the River", sometimes the more basic, the deeper the songs penetrate... Laid back, personal, unpretentious, infectious folk-rock from an observant loner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glen Engel Cox on October 2, 2004
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The progression of Darden Smith from his debut as a Lyle Lovett-lite country crooner to the smooth adult contemporary sound of Little Victories would have been alarming had there not been three intervening albums (two solo, one with Boo Hewerdine) that, like the word game where you add and subtract letters to go from one word to another in three changes, illustrated how the twang was removed and the strings added. The songs, mostly written by Smith, are not all that different between the two albums. What changed was the conception of how the songs should sound. I doubt this evolution was deliberative on Smith's part. More than likely he was responding to the positive feedback he received from AOR radio to his James Taylor-ish singer/songwriter aspect and the lack of response to his music from country stations looking for big hat dancehall singles or sickly sentimental ballads. Songs from his first album like the swingy "God's Will" might feature an accordion and steel guitar, but the lyrical use of biblical references used in a nonreligious manner was just a touch too edgy for mainstream country radio. I have no idea if the song title and form was an intentional homage to Lovett's song, "God Will," off his eponymous debut, but the songs have more in common than just the title: a first-person point of view that reflects both the singer's upbringing and conflict with that same. Lovett went AOR by embracing the big band spirit of Bob Wills, similar to k.d. lang. Smith's metamorphosis owes more to the spirit of 70s folk and blues artists like Bonnie Raitt, who found their sound smoothed out by expert producers like Don Was until they could find a place in elevators and doctor's offices.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on December 6, 1999
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....like so many cds that come out each year, this one was a classic that just didn't get the proper push and song selection, and should have had a great Video, which seems to be the only answer for further promotion to a radio hit? So the VH1 crowd (like joni mitchell once wrote in a song, ("just passed his good music by") and its a shame, this is a great CD! All the songs are great from a true songwriter and musician from Texas I do believe. Allot of emotional turmoil going through these songs.
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