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The Clearing

by Rachel Smith

Gorgeous, melodic, alternative pop delivered by a voice that sounds like tequila poured over honey.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Touched
6:01 $0.99
2. Procedure
4:05 $0.99
3. Between Us
5:10 $0.99
4. The Clearing
3:40 $0.99
5. Juanita
5:45 $0.99
6. Mason Dixon Line
6:39 $0.99
7. The Birds' Lullaby
3:54 $0.99
8. The Waves
5:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived Rachel Smith. The young girl was raised in a small village in the woods north of the big city. She would serenade the empty streets of her village after dark, singing alone in front of her little stone house.

Gradually, as word of her astonishing voice got around (which sounded like a mixture of honey and tequila), she upgraded her venues to Kiwanis festivals, school cabarets, local cable TV shows and church services (accompanied by her organist father). Rachel learned 3-chord guitar from her kind but very protective mother so that she could accompany her dreadful, morbid songs about death and the playground.

Out on the night-time street, far from her little stone house, Rachel learned to use her music to delve into realms that were banned by her mother, who carefully guarded Rachel from the dangers of adult music. When Simon and Garfunkel played on the turntable, the needle always skipped past "Cecilia" because they sang about "making love in the afternoon."

But it was making music in the evening that delighted the young girl with the golden voice, and she found a taste for rebellion in it. Rachel's music thumbed its nose at anything that tried to constrain her. She was classically trained in voice and piano, but took opera in order to sing like Sinead O'Connor.

One day, Rachel grew up and left her village and moved to Montreal. While studying English at McGill University, she played around with other musicians like Karl Mohr, Hawksley Workman, Andy Sheppard, Leon Kingstone (The Planet Smashers) and Lederhosen Lucil. When Rachel had read her fill, she took her guitar and moved to Washington D.C. to work at an AIDS hospice. There, Rachel sang in a local gospel choir and had the best musical experience of her life. Singing with day care workers, garbage truck drivers, people from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet in the torn-up inner city - it was a mind-blowing experience. They were the best musicians she had ever heard.

When Rachel came back to the dark Canadian forests twelve moons later, she brought with her these memories and a sack full of songs to plant in the ground. When the songs grew up, she cut them down and put them into an album. What was left was a clearing.

When you play The Clearing, you'll stand in some of the musical spaces that Rachel has been exploring lately: rolling Virginia pastures, dark German forests, salty Atlantic graves, cold moonscapes. You'll hear tangos, folk anthems, country croons, electronic treatments and aggressive pop. And if you listen closely enough, you'll hear something else: a musician who's not afraid to take chances, to walk in the woods where the wolves lie in wait. Just don't ask to see her teeth.

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Shift Magazine

this CD should be discovered
Rachel Smith should be the next Sarah Harmer to emerge out of Canada--her sound is a cross between Sinead O'Connor and Jane Siberry--but as yet Smith and her amazing CD "The Clearing" haven't been discovered.

Philippe Pierquin (Belgium)

Not only for the fans of Shinead or Heather Nova.
Another very nice surprise! Thanks to CDBaby. More than a cd, a trip into a personal universe, rich and really different. The voice is amazingly beautiful (not dissimilar to Shinead O'Connor) and the production job contributes to create a musical environment of its own. Most important of all, the songs are fascinating full of surprises and unexpected instruments. Recommended? To say the least. And not only for the fans of Shinead or Heather Nova.

K. Alan Smith

The Name was Familiar, now so is the Music. Full Sounds from the Soul.
When I saw the name of Rachael Smith, I chuckled, and just had to check out her. creations in sounds. It happens to be my Sweet, but Street wise daughter-in -laws name as well. The Curiousity melted away in the first notes delivered,turning into a delighted feel, one gets when discovering,in total surprise,that I'd just stumbled across an alive, beautiful treasures within her Songs. Wow,this girl can send out soft, and gentle sounds, as well as emotionally Driven songs that's sung with a natural flow of a Young Soul who has lived, and loved miles beyond ihe places, and head spaces one expects from one of her age. This is certainly the kind od discovered Treasure that I just can't hardly wait to tell others about. Good Luck,friend. I believe,and hope nothing but the best comes your way,a will be watching for when rest of the Music World finally wakes up to you, ...and your well deserved recognition.
K. Alan Smith
Song Writer & Lyrical Artist w/ Crowlanding Music.

Jon Wes

Dreamy, Surreal - An Excellent Debut
After years, I finally bought another copy of The Clearing. What an amazing album. We've waited years and years for the follow-up, Famous Secrets. I really wish we could get an update on this artist!

John Wyrick

Mystically intense!
A sensual dream of romantic and mystical intensity.

Lluís Bruch

Pretty songs sung with feeling
m not a great reviewer (moreover, english isn't my mother tongue), and anything I could say about this son5{ing to its beauty. Every song have its own character; Rachel Smith's voice adds a unique touch to each track. Beautyful arrangements as well. Even though I love the whole album, I'd like to call your attention on "The Waves": its a gem. As I've said, if you're reading this you're at one click from listening song's samples: their speak for themselves. Have a happy listening!


Beautiful...I want more!
I love this CD! The Clearing is my favorite song, but they are all good. She's her own artist, but she is of a similar vein as some of my other artists like Heather Nova, Leona Naess, Caroline Lavelle, Tori Amos, Bjork, Sarah MacLachlan,Paula Cole and Mirah. I want the next CD that her outdated website indicates should be coming.


Stunning voice, Beautiful songwriting
The Clearing is an album I found by accident. Call it a happy accident. Rachel Smith is a masterful songwriter with a keen ear for electronic treatments. The bookend tracks (Touched & The Waves) are especially brilliant. A smart and witty lyricist with the voice of an angel. If this is the start of her musical career, we have a lot to look forward to.

Neile Graham

Quirky melodic captivating
Bought this cd on spec after hearing the samples, and can't keep it out of the player, even after six weeks of steady play. Each song is individual and has a life of its own and each one has caught my attention. Some are haunting, some are lively, all are delightful. The whole album makes me hit the repeat button.