Review: Rebecca Linda Smith "True Love"

Approaching the new album "True Love" by Rebecca Linda Smith is like stepping back in time to the days when the women of country music boldly and expressively mixed country and gospel to form a blessed union of musical bliss that is sorely lacking in most of the music of today.
The album begins with the title track "True Love" which showcases Smith's hearty country vocals. The opening lyrics build to a rousing melodic and memorable chorus that fires on all cylinders. However, the album's best track by a mile is the masterpiece duet with country music star Marty Raybon titled "Not Knowing Anymore" which is reminiscent of power ballads from the worlds of country music (Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers) and contemporary Christian music (Sandi Patty/Larnelle Harris). The combined voices of Smith and Raybon are musical perfection.

Smith, whose maiden name is Garcia, joined the military to become a linguist but eventually became a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Maintenance Officer. Rebecca Linda (Garcia) Smith grew up in a military household as well, and this experience shaped her world view and is evident in her passionate vocal performance of songs like "Walk Of Faith" and the terrific "Love You More Now."

She pays tribute to her Lone Star heritage with "Texas State Of Mind" and offers an inspired gospel performance on the reverent cut "Come As You Are." The pace picks up with "Body Language" which is Tex-Mex musical gold. The same is true of "Old El Paso." The song "Easy Loving You" showcases a more nuanced and softer side of Smith. The reflective song would be an easy fit on both country and easy listening radio formats.

The country rock side of Smith is put forth on "Because Of Your Love." The tracks "Change Your Mind"  and "Always, Always" hearken back to the country music of years gone by. "Jesus Rock Of Love" is uptempo gospel perfection. However, the best is saved for last with the patriotic gospel anthem "America, America."

Rebecca Linda Smith's new album from Renewed Records is an amazing musical tribute to God and country that deserves a prominent place in the music collection of any fan of country or gospel music. Indeed, Rebecca Linda Smith's "True Love" is a recording that will be cherished and truly loved by music fans of all ages.