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EDITORS’ NOTES

Artists attempting the kind of drastic stylistic detour that Caroline Smith manages here generally end up either going horribly off-course or reaping the rewards of a bold risk. Fortunately, Half About Being a Woman is in the latter camp. This Minnesotan singer/songwriter's earlier output was in an alt/indie folk-rock mode, but this time around, Smith wholeheartedly embraces her love of '90s R&B. Frankly, there's little in her previous work to predict the success of such a shift, but somehow Smith pulls it off seamlessly. Mind you, she's not striving to re-create R. Kelly arrangements here—the album has an organic, live-sounding production approach, more akin to neo-soul. Smith's confident croon slides smoothly into these songs about a young woman finding and embracing her place in the world and her stakes in the game of love. Both musically and thematically, Half About Being a Woman is the sound of Caroline Smith coming fully into her own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Artists attempting the kind of drastic stylistic detour that Caroline Smith manages here generally end up either going horribly off-course or reaping the rewards of a bold risk. Fortunately, Half About Being a Woman is in the latter camp. This Minnesotan singer/songwriter's earlier output was in an alt/indie folk-rock mode, but this time around, Smith wholeheartedly embraces her love of '90s R&B. Frankly, there's little in her previous work to predict the success of such a shift, but somehow Smith pulls it off seamlessly. Mind you, she's not striving to re-create R. Kelly arrangements here—the album has an organic, live-sounding production approach, more akin to neo-soul. Smith's confident croon slides smoothly into these songs about a young woman finding and embracing her place in the world and her stakes in the game of love. Both musically and thematically, Half About Being a Woman is the sound of Caroline Smith coming fully into her own.

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