Ain’t Nothin’ Changed
The bland Nashville production on Tresa Street’s second album does its best to hide the fact that she’s a talented singer with a lovely, subdued voice and a natural air about her. She deserves better, but both the awful packaging of this album and the plain inoffensiveness of it all will ensure that her only appeal will be with the tried and tested Nashville crowd. A press release that informs us of her height, weight and favorite TV shows (rather unsurprisingly, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is in there) doesn’t do her any additional favors.
The rocking songs do anything but rock and there are a few other dubious selections on here as well, but still Street delivers more than most of us would reasonably expect from first impressions. She seems unafraid of exploring a wide range of styles, and she seems comfortable with most of them. Both the adult pop of “That’s My Final Answer” and the title track’s mainstream Nashville country are good offerings within a usually unimpressive genre. The opening track, “Lie To Me,” and her own “I Can Count on You” are two other standout performances that deserve to go down well on “modern” country radio.
I’d love to see her run some real risks and branch out from the safe confines of the Nashville sound, but hey, that’s not going to happen. She’s probably OK, but you’re not going here if you’re looking for music that really matters.
Tresa Street: http://www.tresastreet.com