Pop Quiz: Alice Smith

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Aidin Vaziri | After a long stint in major-label purgatory, Alice Smith finally released her second album, “She,” this year. On her first official outing since 2006, the Brooklyn soul singer with the four-octave range sounds thoroughly liberated, digging deep and cutting loose on tracks such as “Another Love” and “Ocean.” The album was supported, in part, by her fans through the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter. Smith performs an acoustic concert Wednesday at the Independent.

Q: You signed to a major label a few years ago, and it sounds like it was the worst thing that could have happened to you.

A: It was four years of heartache and ridiculous conversations. It was just maddening. They didn’t get it. They didn’t believe in it. In the whole time, they fired everybody five times. When I found out I was going to get off the label, I just fell on my knees and thanked God. The only thing was it took me a while to pull myself back together after that in terms of being able to trust my instincts.

Q: You frequently perform a cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.” Does that make you brave or crazy?

A: I couldn’t stop myself. I’ve always thought that was the most amazing song and story. It kills me every time in such a real good way. I don’t even know what to say. I do love to sing that song.

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