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Album Review: “What Am I Waiting For” by Heidi Newfield

August 5, 2008

What Am I Waiting For

Heidi Newfield, former lead singer for the trio Trick Pony, releases her first solo project in an attempt to take off as an artist all her own. Naturally the big questions are does this album really separate her from her association with Trick Pony and is it a decent enough debut project to allow her to shine over what the genre has offered thus far?

Heidi has always been the rebellious type not so much in her music, but in her personality. The first single from the album, “Johnny And June” is her sentiment to that by paying tribute to the rebelious artists that have helped inspire her and using probably one of the greatest loves in music history to express a longing for that personal connection between her character and the man she loves.

Of course this song is only one of many great examples of Heidi’s songwriting talent and powerful word play. “Love Her And Lose Me” is another great example as Heidi sings as a woman who is speaking out loud to her ex who left her for another woman and asking him how it feels now that he has lost her for the love of another, is it as good or does it haunt him every night? Another great example is “All I Wanna Do” which takes Heidi’s self imposed stereotype as a fast-paced performance artist and turns it completely around to show off her very delicate and effective romantic side, a side that made up a great deal of the glory that there was in Trick Pony’s albums.

That being said there is certainly more to Heidi than sentiment and romance. Her self penned “Nothin’ Burns Like A Memory” takes Taylor Swift’s “Picture To Burn” and ads some comedic twists to it as Newfield literally burns away the memory of a bad ex. “Knocked Up” is also very fast paced and ads a nice comedic twist to the end of the work. In true country fashion Heidi takes the persona of a pregnant girl, one who didn’t plan to be that way obviously. However in the end she adds a little bit of love to the mix as the mama devotes her life to her child despite the tears of her mistake.

While this album is only a short 10 songs, a small amount in relation to many of today’s works, it showcases the experience and the talent that Heidi beings to her solo career. The biggest sing of this is appropriately the title track “What Am I Waiting For” which basically sums up Newfield’s decision to go solo, the path she took to get here and the devotion she has to making her fans, her family and herself as proud as ever through nothing more than a few good songs. She needs to separate a little more from her past with Trick Pony, but if this album is any sign of what she will be offering in the future there is a lot to look forward to.

 

4 Stars

 

Produced by Tony Brown

Tracks:

  1. Can’t Let Go
  2. When Tears Fall Down
  3. Johnny And June
  4. What Am I Waiting For
  5. Love Her And Lose Me
  6. Cry Cry (‘Till The Sun Shines)
  7. Wreck You
  8. Nothin’ Burns Like A Memory
  9. All I Wanna Do
  10. Knocked Up
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Leeann permalink
    August 10, 2008 7:16 am

    I’m glad you reviewed this. I haven’t decided if I should purchase it yet, so I’m trying to read as many reviews on it as possible. I like her voice, but I don’t know if I’ll like the songs yet.

  2. Shelby permalink
    December 6, 2008 10:51 pm

    I LOVE this album, the songs are great and the CD should be purchased if you are considering it!!!

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