I’M JUST ME
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.
Check out this Regina-based artist at www.amynelson.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada