Hundred Dollar Valentine

Album Review of Hundred Dollar Valentine by Chris Smither.

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Hundred Dollar Valentine

Chris Smither

Hundred Dollar Valentine by Chris Smither

Release Date: Jul 9, 2012
Record label: Signature
Genre(s): Folk

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Hundred Dollar Valentine - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Chris Smither’s first album I’m a Stranger Here Myself dates back to 1970, a year known for the for the Kent State shootings, Detroit muscle cars, and a time when sweet baby James Taylor and the paranoid Black Sabbath could both be on the top ten best selling records of the year charts. It was a strange time, but Chris Smither was a strange dude so he fit right in. The Crescent City blues man let his six string guitar do most of the talking, something he still does today.

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American Songwriter - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Singer/songwriter Smither has always found his sound’s beating heart in folk blues and his twelfth studio album taps directly into that bloodstream. Oddly, it’s his first comprised of all originals in a four decade career. He does revisit two earlier compositions bringing the wisdom of his advancing years to the regretful “I Feel the Same” and the cautionary “Every Mother’s Son” whose biblical references of offspring gone bad are just as pertinent today.

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