From the pretentious title cut to the inclusion of a Diane Warren song, Tommy Shane Steiner's debut is pretty much devoid of substance.
From the pretentious title cut to the inclusion of a Diane Warren song, Tommy Shane Steiner's debut is pretty much devoid of substance. Pseudo-edge and casually tossed clichés pepper safe rebel anthems like "That Just Wouldn't Be Me" and "Have a Good Time," and the aren't-we-contemporary cut "What We're Gonna Do About It" is downright annoying and loses even more points for encouraging public cell-phone use. There are some bright spots: "The Mind of John J. Blanchard" is a well-written and even quite moving look at a wheelchair-bound stroke victim that Steiner delivers with skill and passion. Elsewhere, "I Don't Need Another Reason," a duet with Randy Travis, is as country as only Travis can be, but placing Travis next to Steiner doesn't do the latter any favors. Steiner is talented, but is country music really targeting an audience that will respond to a cover of Paul Davis' "I Go Crazy"?—RW