The Sum of Life Album Review

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Bad Dreams slows things up and showcases a unique sound that will resound loudly with listeners long after the composition has ceased to play. Never one to rest on his laurels, Scott Smith has the ability to unite these disparate styles to create something that is decidedly greater than the sum of its constituent elements.

The Best Gift is one of the best tracks on Sum of Life, due primarily to the slower tempo that is present. By having a more deliberate sound cultivated here, there is a certain gravitas that rings true from the beginning to the end.  Turn Out The Lights is a track that shatters the conception that late-album efforts are necessarily weaker than the initial cuts; the melodies that are hammered home here are assertive, showcasing a performer that is more than willing to change things up and create something special.

Sum of Life concludes with Messing With Reality, an effort that does a tremendous job in tying together the distinct sounds that listeners will experience over the course of Sum of Life. Scott Smith lays everything out for listeners on this release, and the open-book approach works well for him; this is clear, concise, and extremely immersive.

Top Tracks: Turn Out The Light, Blues Guitar Slinger

Rating: 8.1/10

Scott Smith Sum of Life CD Review / 2016 Self / 11 Tracks / /

David LaFlamme

I was very excited to have David LaFlamme from It’s a Beautiful Day play on three tracks of my album. He’s a childhood idol and I was such a high point to get his signature on my music.

David and Linda still have a full touring schedule between the U.S. and Europe. What a life he has had, being right in the middle of the 60’s music scene. It was so much fun to hear stories about Woodstock and touring with Johnny Winter, The Doors, Dr. John and everyone else.

David was super gracious and wanted only to make sure his tracks were good. I was a little weird directing him on what to play.

I didn’t realize that David was the original violinist with Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, who passed away this weekend.

David played on; The Sum of Life, Bad Dreams and The Best Gift.

He is also on a cut off the next album which his solo brings you right back to the Fillmore days.david-denver2







Here’s Toot’s, one of the cats at the studio.

He likes me