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CD REVIEW: Daniel Smith - "American Made"
By Gian F - 03/27/2006 - 08:46 PM EST

Artist: Daniel Smith
Album: "American Made"
CD Review: Genre: Country
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 8
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Ain't No Place Like Home, Right Side Of Love, What U See Is What U Get, True Measure Of A Man
Weakness: ?
CD Review: Somewhere between old and new Country music, is music that captures the best elements of both. That's what Daniel Smith, a singer/songwriter from Latonia, Kentucky via Nashville, Tennessee, offers on his debut CD. With songs that are devoid of any superficial ingredients, he consistently and successfully showcases his talents throughout his debut project.

The radio friendly tracks, "Right Side Of Love," and "Ain't No Place Like Home," are commercial gems that would be welcomed additions to any Country music playlist, but songs like "Thank You," which convey gratitude to the soldiers who are fighting in the war, and my personal favorite, "True Measure Of A Man," add depth and dimension to a roster of songs that will appeal to music fans and industry professionals alike.

On "True Measure Of A Man" he writes: being a man ain't got nothing to do with how tough you are, or what you've got to prove, but is rather about how you carry yourself - which is what makes you strong, and knowing the difference between right and wrong...which is the true measure of a man...simply facing life and doing the best you can...I like the message and I promote it everytime I speak to young men in high schools who are seeking the very guidance that Daniel gives in this song.

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches in height is not what puts Daniel Smith head and shoulders above the rest of aspiring Country artists, it's the songwriting talent and genuine American Made qualities that he embodies as a man that distinguish him.

Advice: Keep knocking on those doors in Nashville - either you or your songs will receive the invitation you are seeking.

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