That Nashville Sound receives many different CD releases throughout the year from indie, bluegrass and artists just off the mainstream radar- or smaller projects like EPs- that we’re doing short mini CD reviews on. We call them That Nashville SoundBites- it’s a feature that will allow us to give some props to some albums and artists that deserve a spotlight on their work.
Yep. That Tiffany. Known primarily from her 80's pop smash "I Think We're Alone Now" and more recently for her role in the campy Syfy channel original movie Mega Python Vs Gateroid which also started eighties pop star Deborah Gibson, Tiffany's eighth album is her first foray into country music. Her 2000 album The Color of Silence was critically lauded and its obvious now on Rose Tattoo that she is continuing her evolution as an artist. The album is produced by One Flew South's Chris Roberts and he brings an array of styles and sounds on the album. Rose Tattoo opens with three very rocking country tracks, the best being "Crazy Girls," a duet with longtime Tootsie's Orchid Lounge (in Nashville) fixture and singer-songwriter Lindsay Lawler. Their interplay makes for a fun "Thelma and Louise" storyline and the movie even gets a shout-out in the chorus. Underrated in Nashville as an outstanding songwriter, Roberts co-penned the other two outstanding tracks on the album. "He's All Man" allows Tiffany to show off her range, emotion and voice and the "church revival" bridge is a great touch. "Just That Girl" is the strongest track on the album as it allows Tiffany the opportunity to be introspective and tell some details about herself. Self-depreciating, she talks about spilled coffee, broken heels and falling flat on her face. And if there's a criticism about the album, it's that there isn't more of that on the album. Pop music and country music are different in that there is much more storytelling and personal revealing in the latter. Tiffany's (mostly) choice of everyman topics of love go down easy, but would have more impact if they told Tiffany's own story in more detail. More protagonist would serve her well.
Avril Lavigne's voice with a Jo Dee Messina sound
Stand Out Tracks
Just That Girl
He's All Man