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"A rugged, chugging southern soul record... Like Betty Davis or Betty Wright before her, she imbues tracks with shingly, sawtoothed texture, capable of breaking off a high note with a throaty cry or scraping so low and wide that she threatens to put her bass player out of work."
“A major new voice in soul music… Brooklyn’s Bette Smith possesses a one of a kind voice, deeply drenched in hot soul of the nearly incendiary Southern type. That voice could rock the biggest of stages and move mountains if it had to… Count me as a massive fan. Smith is the sort of artist that you’ll find yourself following her whole career..”
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“Smith’s belated debut taps exquisitely into vintage southern soul with a voice as huge as her Angela Davis afro and a raunchy rasp and scrape that channels Mavis Staples, Etta James and Macy Gray.”
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"The Brooklyn-born soul singer is slaying hearts and minds... an electrifying blend of the gospel Smith once sang in the church with the soul and rock she heard growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant.... It's Smith's powder-keg voice that carries 'Jetlagger' to glory."
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