Capitol Nashville is pulling out all the stops to help break this Georgia songbird, and if truth be told, it has a lot to work with.
Capitol Nashville is pulling out all the stops to help break this Georgia songbird, and if truth be told, it has a lot to work with. Thomson co-wrote eight of the album's 11 cuts, most with co-producer Tommy Lee James. Co-producer Paul Worley owns some of Nashville's keenest ears for airplay potential and has a nice touch with acoustic instrumentation here. Overall, this is an accessible sound, with Thomson's warm-honey vocal wrapping around softly swelling midtempos like "My World" and the engaging, sexy "I Always Liked That Best." The sultry debut single, "What I Really Meant to Say," has an undercurrent of desperation, while the imagery of "I Hope You're Doing Fine" and "There Goes the Boy" are effectively conveyed through fine vocals and crisp, percussive production. Conversely, the country-rap "Things I Would Do" almost works only because of Thomson's sheer force of personality, and "If You Could Only See" is a snoozer of a ballad. While the genre is crowded with young, video-friendly female singers, Thomson's shot at breaking through appears better than most.—RW