Anthony Smith

Already a commercially successful songwriter, East Tennessee native Anthony Smith now makes some big noise as a recording artist with this Mercury debut.

Already a commercially successful songwriter, East Tennessee native Anthony Smith now makes some big noise as a recording artist with this Mercury debut. An intriguing hybrid of the edgy grit of Hank Williams Jr. and the humor and country pop sensibilities of Roger Miller, Smith has definitely got something going on. "Who Invented the Wheel" is a classic, self-pitying turn on displaced aggression, and debut single "If That Ain't Country" is pure energy. Smith has a knack for inventive word play, like on the reverb-drenched, passionately sung "Impossible to Do," the surly "Hell of a Question," and the swaggering "Half a Man." At times brash and fearless, Smith can quickly turn sensitive and refreshingly vulnerable on such cuts as the softly percolating ballad "Up to the Depth" and the subtle, melodic "Infinity." An impressive, noteworthy debut.—RW