Tough not to think about Amy Winehouse when listening to Tami Neilson‘s new album, “Dynamite!”. The tone of her voice on the two opening tracks, the retro feel she brings to her music, the soul that’s all over her music are reminiscent of the English singer who passed away 4 years ago.

“Dynamite!” opens with a great song, that fits completely with the actual trend of bringing back older styles of music back (hello Leon Bridges, Pokey Lafarge and others). Walk (Back to Your Arms) is a strong “black” song that seems to have been recorded in 1958! Background vocals are so exact, it’s frightening! Is this an old recording? It almost makes you doubt. On Honey Girl, Tami Neilson shows she owns the swinging country style.

After the second song – the excellent Come Over – the Canadian born (but Kiwi since 2007) singer switches to old-fashion country pop, at the crossroads of what Roy Orbison, early Beatles and Carl Perkins would have done, with a bit of garage rock feel on top. On You Lie, Tami Neilson is closer to k.d. lang than anybody else. Personally, I prefer the upbeat retro songs than the numerous ballads, as these sad songs are much more standard. No surprises.

 

Tami Neilson’s musicians can bring that cool country twang. The title song, Dynamite, has a spooky feel that could fit perfectly in a Tarantino movie. You can almost see the hot actress walk as Neilson’s twangy voice describes her sex appeal. Hot!

When she was only 12, Tami Neilson was part of a country family band called The Neilsons that had a few hits in Canada in the mid-nineties. Tami left the band to travel on the opposite site if the world. Since she established herself and got married in New Zealand, she recorded four albums. She is now 37 and the mother of a 3 year-old boy.

TAMI NEILSON
Dynamite!
(Outside Music, 2015)

-Genre: country with cool twang
-In the same mindset than Leon Bridges, Amy Winehouse, Lucinda Williams

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.