Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- AMY NELSON -- I'm Just Me

Amy Nelson
Amy Nelson falls into that category of contemporary country, which sadly is the new soda pop flavour for country radio consumption.
It is too bad Nelson had chosen a different country vision. She has a very nice voice, the kind that at times, such as on That Hat, reminds a touch of Reba.
The music though is sort of that poppish country that offers up a beat you can tap your toes too, but you won’t remember a song a month from now when the next ‘radio ready’ country CD comes your way.
There are times Nelson ascends above the average here. If I Can’t Have Tomorrow is easily the best song here, and likely the one radio will never play. That says a lot.
What Nelson does do here is offer up a six pack of songs that for the most part should have today's country music directors drooling. They all really fit radio, with the possible exception of the aforementioned If I Can’t Have Tomorrow.
The title cut (I’m Just Me), Every Time I Wear These Boots and That Hat are radio hits of the week.
Nelson scores high for her vocals, but the music is too bubble gum country for me -- the taste wears off pretty quickly.
Give this gal some meatier music, something where the lyrics have something to say, and you’d have a nine.
As it is, the content, and the fact she offered up only six songs on a debut, the disk you have a lifetime to accumulate materiel for, and I was simply left wanting more, more songs, more ‘real’ memorable music.
Nelson’s voice shows tons of promise, but it’s largely unfulfilled promise here. You’ll feel good after a listen, but you won’t remember why for long.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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