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Little Victories

Darden SmithAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Little Victories (Album Version) 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • 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: #282,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Darden Smith ~ Little Victories

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless and Brilliant 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Charm June 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Has an appeal both immediate and lasting 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, but still a favorite of mine October 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the cracks......... December 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Intro to Darden
I am a late comer to Darden Smith's music, but recently heard the acoustic version of Love Calling on the Sirius/XM Coffee House channel and liked the sound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jimbo54
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a Long Time
I bought this CD sometime in the 90's after I heard him played on the radio several times. Not sure what period of the 90's. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Don Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pop
I thought that Loving Arms really broke this artist through. He's been around a couple of albums, but this song tells me the kind of artist he is. Read more
Published on September 17, 2004 by Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing Music!!
I have had this CD since 1995... I listened
to his music on the local Adult Alternative Station that has long since changed it's format but I still yearn to hear Darden's... Read more
Published on July 21, 2003 by Alan Day
5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL GOOD MUSIC !
A must have for your CD Collection trust me i know this music backwards and fowards great compositions with added bonus of boo hewerdine co-writing as well as lead and backup... Read more
Published on November 5, 2002 by jack holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL GOOD MUSIC !
A must have for your CD Collection trust me i know this music backwards and fowards great compositions with added bonus with boo hewerdine co-writing as well as lead and backup... Read more
Published on November 5, 2002 by jack holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars One fine tune after another
Darden simply doesn't put enough music into the marketplace. If only we could get a CD this good every year - what a wonderful world it would be. Read more
Published on September 23, 2000 by Thomas MacKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a damn good album
I think this is Darden's best(not that there's anything wrong with he others).
More a rock album than his first couple, full of catchy tunes and great ideas - you'll find... Read more
Published on March 3, 2000 by Androo
5.0 out of 5 stars a heartful sounding cd
when i first heard this cd it made me wonder what happened to him,that he never got much radio play this cd and darden deserve much kudos. Read more
Published on January 9, 2000 by robert c garner
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