Stephanie McIntosh – Tightrope

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Music Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Wow, what a great debut album!

The opening track SO DO I SAY SORRY FIRST is the best track on the album and will immediately get your attention. This leads nicely into MISTAKE, not so much rock but still great pop music plus it was Stephanie’s first single release so you should be familiar with it.

The title track, TIGHTROPE is next, another great track, is really very catchy and grows on you with repeat plays. YOU SHOULD HAVE LIED slows things down a little but OUT IN THE RAIN picks up the pace again as does YOU DON’T LOVE ME.

It’s a slow start with A CHANGE IS COMING but the track fortunately picks up and turns into a pretty good song. GOD ONLY KNOWS can’t seem to make up it’s mind, it’s like it wants to be rock but isn’t quite sure.

OVERCOME is a good pop song as is SINK LIKE A STONE although neither is outstanding. THE NIGHT OF MY LIFE slows things right now almost as if Stephanie wanted to show that she can handle different styles equally as well. The final track CATCHING MY BREATH which ends the album is a bigger sound with a very catchy (excuse the pun) chorus. A good song to finish on, except that is doesn’t, finish that is because if you don’t push stop there is a hidden track on the end!

TIGHTROPE is a very rounded album, very well thought out as you would expect with a producer like Tom Nichols who has written for the likes of Kylie and All Saints.

What I would like to know is… what is it with Australian soap operas? How come they keep producing these fantastic singers? It’s been going on ever since Kylie. Just think about it – Kylie’s sister Danni, Holly Valance, Natalie Bassingthwaighte from Rogue Traders and now Stephanie Mcintosh. They are some of my favourites and they’re hot to look at too!

5 stars