Rachel Timberlake certainly has got the rock 'n roll edge that defines today's zillion dollar country music industry, and whether that's a good or bad thing is a topic for greater philosophers than I. Beyond doubt she's got the looks, the onstage energy, and definitely the vocal prowess to propel herself to the top.
But I can't help feeling I've heard this all before which again is either good or bad and another one of those topics for grander thinkers than I. For sure there's plenty of factory tailored, tried and true hits: Honky Tonk Queen, Let's Ride, and Inside Satisfied. You got your made-to-order rollicking crowd rousers: Bigger Better Deal, Rattle Her Jewelry and Girls Are The New Boys (appearing twice, the second mix all country gangsta wid tha urban spelling 2 boot)…then you have the obligatory songs to think about: Jesus Is For Losers and Daddy's Super Glide.
I certainly wish Timberlake and her powerhouse band all the best and having been chosen one of Country Music TV's top 64 unsigned national acts (what the logic is behind 64 and not 29, 36, 12 or 35 I know not) is definitely a leap in the right direction. With the right machinery behind her and her obvious talent and enthusiasm, she has the chance to go all the way. I just wonder if we'll be able to discern her from the herd when she gets there, that's all.
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