Tina Dico - Count To Ten
Female songwriters are taking the world by storm. It is not surprising to hear the ethereal, airy voices on media-friendly outlets, accompanied by the laidback strums of a guitar or the simple chords of a piano. The music is relaxing, simple, and doesn’t strive to be anything more. Then you have Denmark’s Tina Dico, gifted with one of the most compelling voice of many women in the business right now. Her album Count to Ten is a solid demonstration of her vocal capabilities.
Lucid, brazen, and empowering: these are words that would describe the vigor with which Dico delivers her pieces. Guitars and pianos have an undermining presence throughout the album, allowing her talents to do the telling. Dico’s folksy song “Night Cab” is one of her best creations; here, Dico begins with just her voice, which also boasts an impressive range.
One notable observation in Count to Ten is Dico’s tendency to carry a serious disposition in all of her songs. None of them succumb to a happy-go-lucky attitude, but at the same time there is a variety to the serious tone. “My Business” is reminiscent of a catchy 90’s pop song, while “Open Wide” fits the persona of Dico well with great lyrics and a somewhat upbeat croon. Collectively, the songs are detailed, thoughtful, and candid – nothing is sugar-coated with a false air of contentment.
Dico’s lyrics have their stellar moments of brooding, but they are shrouded by the indescribable flow that carries in her vibe. Some songs, however, are weakened by the vocal chants that adorn guitar chords and melodies. Though not necessarily “fillers,” they do seem slightly awkward in songs such as “On the Run.” In between such strong choruses, a dynamic energy seems to be lost before it regains itself again.
Yet it is hard to criticize Dico’s efforts, which brings us a solid record with On the Run. Tina Dico has been around for a while, and her vocal strength could be compared to the likes of Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette. If the idea of an honest showcase of great singing talent sounds appealing, On the Run deserves to be heard.
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