Alice Smith received some major love on Sunday night when her song "Dream" was featured during the closing credits of HBO's Entourage. The show is one of my favorite TV series on cable and not because of its amazing story plot. It's primarily because of the superb Jeremy Pives who playes the totally neurotic, over-the top talent agent Ari Gold, one of the most entertaining characters on television.
After my pals of Chester French were featured on Entourage a few weeks back, it was a nice surprise to hear Smith played on the show. "Dream" is an exquisite, theatrical tune that showcases the singer's distinct vocals. Most people will probably label it as neo-soul, but I think the song is lot more unique, sultry and bluesy than that. And make sure to listen to Smith grooving out towards the end of the song.
"Dream" is taken from her debut album "For Lovers, Dreamers & Me" that was released last year and invokes musical memories ranging from the young Diana Ross to the mature Billie Holiday. Sony's Epic Records recognized the singer's talent and will be re-releasing the disc in September. The record is an accomplished effort that deserves a lot more attention. Smith is one of those rare artists who can solely rely on her raw talent as opposed to being dependent on Timabland-inspired big beat productions that are ruling the charts.
Download Alice Smith "Dream" [MP3]