Monday, July 4, 2011

'80s Pop Star Tiffany Goes Country by KristiOlson posted in Country Music Tattle Tale

As most children of the '80s did, I used to dance around my bedroom singing Michael Jackson and Debbie Gibson songs into my hairbrush. At the top of my "setlist" was a little song called "I Think We're Alone Now." If you're a product of the '80s, there's a good chance that was blaring on your walkman all the time, too. Am I right? The girl behind one of the biggest pop songs of the '80s in now trying her hand at country music. When I opened up my mailbox to see a Tiffany CD, my first thought was it had to be some sort of joke. I mean, really? I review country music. Why bother listening to this? Well, boy, was I wrong. Her album "Rose Tattoo" is, in fact, country -- really country.

Turns out Tiffany isn't a stranger to country music and Nashville. She performed on The Ralph Emery Show at the age of 10 and has performed alongside George Jones. She's also an accomplished songwriter and co-wrote 7 of the album's 8 tracks. Who knew? Maybe this record won't be so bad after all...

The album's leadoff track, "Feel the Music," is a great Nashville anthem. With the annual CMA Music Festival approaching, I can't help but think about how great this song would sound blaring from the speakers as thousands of country music fans check out the honkytonk scene on Broadway. It's just a feel-good song that makes you want to party it up country-style. Is there really any other way?!

"Crazy Girls" lyrically reminds me of a country version of Cyndi Lauper's '80s pop smash "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." It's about getting together with your girls, causing trouble, and just having a good time. "Crazy Girls" features Lindsey Lawler, who seems to be the Thelma to Tiffany's Louise, singing "bring the boys to their knees like Thelma and Louise."

"He Won't Miss Me" is arguably the most country song on the record. There's something about a steel guitar that just makes a song sound like the raw truth. The vocals are beautiful and the musicianship is most positively country.

Whether you're an '80s child wanting to reminisce on a voice of your childhood or just a country fan looking for some new tunes, check her out. "Rose Tattoo" is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and her official online store at

Kristi Olson
CMTT Music Contributor

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