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Album Review

Timing is everything for an artist. In order to achieve major success in music's mercurial attention span, it's important to capitalize on a style in the genre of music that you are pursuing. It's probably the real reason why this album didn't become a commercial success. Had Amanda Wilkinson been released in 2001, Wilkinson would be the queen of the teen country-pop crossover phase, and would have been a household name. Amanda Wilkinson is a majestic piece of work, one that is stronger than Jessica Andrew's Who I Am, or Jo Dee Messina's Burn, the real competition at the time. The album is only ten tracks long, and clocks in at 35 minutes; however the quality is strong enough to make up for it. Wilkinson shines on the album's first official single, "Walk Away." The other more country-influenced tracks don't disappoint, either. "Something Else," "It's Okay to Cry," and "Life is a Beautiful Thing" are southern greats. Interestingly enough though, the more mainstream portion of the album sounds even better, with the strongest radio-friendly track, the upbeat exciting "No More Me and You" being a highlight of the album. Her voice is never compromised, either, considering what most pop artists are forced to fight against on their albums. In addition, Wilkinson doesn't try to sing about stuff she doesn't know: she sings about what any 25-year-old should; new loves, nasty breakups, and poignant road trips. The real marvel of the album is that it is the ballads that sparkle the most and are the most captivating. They don't overpower, they aren't too poppy (Faith Hill, you should take a listen here), and represent Wilkinson, letting her emote. "Pontiacs" is the moment where Wilkinson is forced to reminisce on the night she endured a tough break-up, and the result shimmers. "A Man to Me" is a dedication from a woman to a man about his greatest qualities, and with a simple arrangement simply shines. In addition, the final song on the album, "The Art of Letting Go," is a terrific single country-pop ballad. Yet the other songs aren't hokey. Unfortunately, teen pop-country is fading out, and this album is unfortunately too late. In this particular case, though, country music listeners should take a listen to this dazzler. So what if the album is five years late? This debut by this Canadian prodigy is fantastic, and worth a listen for anyone.

Customer Reviews

Not a bad first of the group will enjoy the solo attempt.

Having loved the music she made with her brother and father, I was expecting something similar. Some of the songs are, but many are not, and I think it's good that she changed it up a bit. "Something Else," "Walk Away," and "Hearts Open Slowly" are good tracks...but the one I like the most is "A Man to Me," as that one really says it all. If you like her singing, you won't be disappointed, though I had hoped for a big hit or two, which I don't think are on here. Maybe in her sophomore release.

Amanda, Thank You

What a wonderful first album from Amanda, after singing with her father and brother, she really shines here. I like each and every song, with here outstanding vocals It's okay to cry is a must download. I would recommend the whole album. If you do enjoy. I would like to see her videos here on Itunes.

I never get tired of this album!

I have loved Amanda's voice since The Wilkinson's released 26 cents. I think it's so natural and pure. I absolutely love every song on this album. Amanda should be one of the most popular names in country right now. Even though she is not enjoying the same success as some of her peers, to those that know and love her voice, she is one of the best ever. I hope and pray she releases more albums. We need more music like this. No filler, just beautiful music.


Born: January 17, 1982

Genre: Country

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Amanda Wilkinson is a Canadian country artist and television star. Amanda was born January 17, 1982, and from the age of six she sang with her father, Steve, and her brother, Tyler. In 1997, when Amanda was 15 years old, the family trio was signed to a record deal after a small gig in a Nashville club. As a member of the Wilkinsons, Amanda was heard on five albums between 1998 and 2007: Nothing But Love, Here and Now, Shine, Highway, and Home. Unfortunately, only the first album produced highly successful...
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