Newcomers dot Nashville these days. Contracts signed, records recorded, promises made and they're on their way. Two, three albums later and it's see ya later.
Perhaps Georgia's Cyndi Thomson will debunk that trend. The 24-year-old's debut features 11 stardom shots that should find an ear on country radio. From pep Ón' poppy country ("Things I Would Do") to lost-in-love ballads ("What I Really Meant to Say"), Thomson twists her focus to a decidedly young country crowd.Call her country's Britney Spears sans the Pepsi commercials. Thomson's breathy vocals, layered atop a music-by-numbers production as on "I'm Gone," won't pacify purists. There's no tear-torn feel. Perhaps with time and one heartache too many she'll render listeners numb with "Hope You're Doing Fine." For now, it's otherwise fine fare. Talented Thomson soldiers on. Armed with lyrics as empty as Hank Williams' bucket, she marches forth on "There Goes the Boy" and "But I Want To," full of pop and an empty pail.
It's not Thomson's fault. Yet her talent's tuned to New York or L.A. For now, country radio could tag along, play her songs and make her think that she's the next big thing. For now.