Monday, November 27, 2006

The silver screen and Seventeen

(Picture credit to Tammin Online; thanks!)

Tammin Sursok, like so many other female Australian singers, first became famous through her work on a soap opera (in this case, Home And Away). In 2004, she released her debut single, "Pointless Relationship," and followed it up with two more singles (one of which was later covered by High School Musical star Vanessa Anne Hudgens) and an album, Whatever Will Be. There were rumors that Tammin would release a single in the UK, but nothing has yet materialized. Though she's writing songs for her next album, her focus seems to be on acting at the moment; she moved to L.A. and has been doing the casting call circuit (she had a role in the JoJo-starring mermaid movie Aquamarine). I do really hope she releases another album, as her sweet voice and smooth pop songs added up to a great first album.

Pointless Relationship--this song doesn't have quite as much of the happiness that infuses some of Tammin's other songs (though they aren't always about happy subjects). It also doesn't even (shock!) have the title somewhere in the lyrics. It's such a good song, though--catchy, and somehow a bit rocky but not too much, sounding meaningful and not trite. Marion Raven (ex-M2M) was one of the co-writers of it.

Better To Be Lonely--despite lyrics about refusing to be coupled up with someone--actually, probably because of them--this song has more happiness about it. It's sort of like Natasha Bedingfield's "Single" in subject, though definitely not sound; Natasha's song is more R&B-influenced and tries to be edgier. Tammin sings so sweetly, and she does say that after "one look I'm giving out my number," but there's still something empowering about this song.

To buy Tammin's debut album Whatever Will Be (and I really recommend it), go here (physical).

Next up: maybe another plea for people to buy a certain album, or a singer from Sweden.

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