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Mindy Smith

Snowed In – 2013 (Giant Leap/TVX)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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We always hear Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve. But because the New Year follows Christmas, the song rarely makes it onto holiday CDs. Smith sings it here, even though it is - let's be honest - not the most festive of songs. It's a little depressing, in fact, and Smith's stripped down version, complete with crying fiddle, makes it extra sad.

The overall feel of "Snowed In" is hushed, and features Smith using her indoor voice. On the title track, Smith even sings about doing indoors things, such as playing her favorite records. Even Tomorrow is Christmas Day, which should be excitedly anticipating the big day, is relatively quiet and subdued.

Furthermore, Smith's spiritual inclusions on this five-song set are of the quieter variety. She sings both Silent Night, a lullaby, and What Child Is This, which would both keep the household calm during Christmas morning.

Smith's "Snowed In" would go over really well after a long, hard day of mall shopping. It's holiday chill out music, if you will. The instrumentation is acoustic, with a lot of acoustic guitar and mandolin, backing Smith's gentle, somber singing voice. If the weather outside is truly frightful, this is the perfect soundtrack for staying indoors for a while.