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Tommy Shane Steiner

Then Came The Night – 2002 (RCA)

Reviewed by Rick Teverbaugh

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Debuts just aren't what they used to be. Often a new artist's first release was a bit of a spartan affair, showing great promise around the rough edges. Now it seems that these new artists arrive fully mature with a full blown production, good tunes and great guests. Such is the case with Austin's Tommy Shane Steiner.

Aside from being more of a singer than a songwriter, there's very little else about which to complain here. He can certainly sell a song, from the morally uplifting hit single "What If She's An Angel" to the even better "That Just Wouldn't Be Me" to the remake of the Paul Davis hit "I Go Crazy."

Steiner seems comfortable with both fast and slow, with both meaningful and fluffy. All are well represented here. He has an enthusiasm and sincerity that comes across with each line. He's not afraid to do something a bit different as he displays on "What We're Gonna Do About It," where his vocals provide the narration behind the telephone spoken dialogue of guest Bridgette Wilson-Sampras. He also gets duet help from Randy Travis and background vocals from Vince Gill. A very solid first outing.