Linda Smith

Nothing Else Matters

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Linda Smith's movement from four-track cassette recordings to more elaborate studio situations was a bit of an unfortunate thing. Her overall aesthetic didn't change on releases like Nothing Else Matters, but half of the appeal in her songs came from her mastery of intimate, low-fi bedroom recording, and the clearer, more arranged sound of Nothing Else Matters loses some of this charm. It's impossible to blame Smith for this -- no one could expect her not to make the natural progression, and her songwriting is just as idiosyncratically wonderful on Nothing Else Matters as it was on her earliest work -- but there's still something lacking on these later recordings.

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