STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18159- LABEL: REX Music FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Dave Drodge
Imagine Amy Grant, before her crossover days (no comment), with some fairly funky '90s beats and some guy on a saxophone in the corner and you've got a pretty good idea of what this album sounds like. Now, I wouldn't normally enjoy music of this type (I only bought it because Out On The Floor said it was going to be good) but I have to admit, it is very enjoyable. Most of the songs really complement Tammy's smooth voice and I like its jazzy 'real instruments' appeal, which varies from sax through mute trumpet to violin. But hasn't this all been done before? Yes, but what sets this album apart form the dozens of similar cannon fodder albums that emanate from the US is its liberal (but never cheesy) use of the J-word. Most refreshing. Not every song is a hit (the duet with Pam Thum is a token gesture) but the lyrics are sincere and the music well polished. Even the backing singers sound great. I think that a few more up tempo songs would have been nice as the one that there is leaves you wanting more of the same. And the revival of the oft-covered "You've Got A Friend" is highly listenable. If you're a fan of the style, I recommend it.
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