"For me this duo from Baltimore represents an excellent example
of how it's possible for great artists to fly just below the radar
of most of the world. In fact, it's the main reason reallymusicradio
is here...to shine a light on music that's this good. "Five By Five"
is the just the latest CD from Naked Blue, and like lots of fabulous
music, trying to drop them into a pigeonhole doesn't do them (or you)
justice. Great songs and a unique musical point of view are a couple
of reasons to dig a little deeper. Other tracks featured on reallymusicradio
are "Fear Of Flight" "Welcome Home" "Pink Hat" and "Extraordinarily."
- REALLY MUSIC RADIO
Naked Blue, Five by Five (Bluetick) "Folk-pop duo Naked
Blue cut eleven tracks for their latest album; shouldn't it really
be called Eleven by Two? (Actually Five by Five refers to a radio
rating for signal strength and clarity, on a one to five scale.
It's also the band's fifth album, if you're keeping score.) Semantic
snarkiness aside, Naked Blue -- husband-and-wife team Scott and
Jen Smith (along with a little help from their friends) -- have
turned in a charming, grown-up adult contemporary album with Five
by Five. Singer Jen out-Crows Sheryl on clever tracks like "Miami",
where her narrator leaves a trouble relationship for sunnier climes,
her boyfriend stuck holding the snow shovel, and out-Colvins Shawn
on the smoky, sexy, bluesy "Break Me". It's not just Mrs. Smith
having all the fun, either. Scott's guitar lends a friendly twang
to album opener "Pink Hat", and his choogling dobro propels the
sweet (but not saccharine) love song "Extraordinarily". A simple,
intimate album about being in and out of love, Five by Five is adult
contemporary for people who think "adult contemporary" is a bad
word." STEPHEN HAAG, POP
Naked Blue: Five by Five (Bluetick Records) "There's a
well-worn premise that states that all rock'n' roll consists of
three chords and all songs pretty much evolve out of those. So though
it dispels the notion that rock is that most original of all pop
genres, it doesn't begin to explain how much great music has come
about as a result. Naked Blue, a husband-and-wife duo from Washington
DC, may not garner any awards for bursting those boundaries, although
their bio lists several hometown accolades. In fact, listening to
their new disc, Five by Five, one can't help but be lured into a
mental game of name that sound-alike: some Alanis Morissette here,
some Aimee Mann there, a touch of Jonatha Brooke and Lucinda Williams
tossed in for good measure. That's not to negate their craft however;
theirs is the type of sounds that's ready-made for radio; obvious
hooks, engaging melodies and songs that are consistently easy on
the ears. If Jennifer Smith seems somewhat unsettled and forlorn,
she doesn't let her conflicts drag on the music. Unlike Alanis,
she always manages to keep the sound vibrant and upbeat. Several
of these entries sound so familiar and engaging on first hearing,
it leads to the suspicion that it's only the lack of a major label
affiliation that's holding Naked Blue back. That ought to be remedied
once an astute A&R rep agrees to give a listen. They could start
lining the hits up now; the spunky lead-off track 'Pink Hat', the
irrepressible 'Fear Of Flight', the seductive 'What Would You Say?'
and the song South Florida ought to seize on 'Miami', a tune the
local chamber of commerce ought to adopt as its official anthem.
On the other hand, this is an album so filled with mass appeal melodies,
it doesn't take a song about sunshine to warm up to their efforts."
MIAMI NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT
"So, you're looking for a band that provides the full package
of great vocals, harmonies, musicianship and professionalism, huh?
Well, look no further. This AAA/Adult Alternative band has a beautiful
and mind-blowing sound that will capture your ears and maybe even
pull a few sould strings. When you're this good, not much else can
be said. This is just great music and something that I highly recommend."
"Their harmonies, guitars and female anchored vocal leads will
obviously find them compared to the latest re-emergence of Fleetwood
Mac. This band is better than Fleetwood & Co., so don't bother with
the comparisons. Jennifer Smith has a voice that is truly '90's...Scott
Smith produces and plays guitar lines with the skill of the hottest
producers around. 'Ordinary Girl', 'Never Come Back' and 'Wish'
are Pop classics waiting to happen." - SPECTATOR
(Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) http://www.spectatoronline.com/1998/020598/discology.html
(scroll down on the above page to view the article)
"Jennifer reminds us of people like Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell,
Jonatha Brooke and...Allison Krauss. We love this one." RECORDING
The Latest DC
Music Web Review of Naked Blue's new Release! - Mary
"Jennifer and Scott Smith clearly know just what they're doing...impeccably
tuneful." - WASHINGTON POST
"In a perfect world this terrific release would have made the
top ten..." - STEVE COLE KSPN
"hypnotically funked up ...Naked Blue charges with the same
musical intensity and honesty Melissa Etheridge is known for."
- FMQB ALBUM REPORT
"One that stands out is "We Will Fly," a tune who's hummabiltiy
would make Fleetwood Mac proud." - DIRTY
"Their pop always had soul, their rock always had blues...Treasure
and the Pearl is one of those ingeniously balanced albums akin to
Fleetwood Mac's Rumors..." - OUT
"Catchy, melodic, energetic...sweet vocals and funky drums."
- THE HARTFORD ADVOCATE