Tambourine - Tift Merritt
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  • Summary: George Drakoulias produced this sophomore release for the singer-songwriter, who garnered praise for her 2002 debut 'Bramble Rose.' Here, she adds some Muscle Shoals-style soul to her roots and country repertoire.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Merritt's voice is a magical combination of cool reserve and effortless warmth. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.123]
  2. Finds her pushing her already considerable talents to new heights.
  3. Tambourine is a remarkably mature, confident, and commanding release that defines then rides its groove with no low points.
  4. Tambourine may not quite live up to the Dusty in Memphis comparisons, but it may very well wind up the album of Tift Merritt's career.
  5. Merritt has a long way to go before she runs the risk of being mistaken for A-league stars like Emmylou Harris and Dusty Springfield. But that we can speculate about her one day achieving that status is itself a tremendous compliment.
  6. 70
    This [album] finds her with a steelier determination in her country soul and an inclination to rock out that she's only previously hinted at. [Nov 2004, p.116]
  7. 40
    Sturdy (and bland) anthems built on overused U2 chords and several barnstorming R&B vamps notable for thowback horn riffs and Aretha Franklin-style backing vocals. [Sep 2004, p.138]

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