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Arena, Tina - 2013 Reset (Deluxe Edition)

ARTIST: Arena, Tina
ALBUM: Reset (Deluxe Edition)
SERIAL: 3757127
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Tina Arena - vocals, additional keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love You Less * 02 Still Running * 03 You Set Fire To My Life * 04 Let Me In * 05 Out Of The Blue * 06 Don't Hide * 07 Patchwork Heart * 08 It's Just What It Is * 09 Don't Look Back * 10 Bring Me Love * 11 Only Lonely * 12 Destination Unknown * 13 Reset All * 14 Can Breathe (bonus) * 15 Lose Myself (bonus) * 16 You Set Fire To My Life (ac, bonus)



She's the current darling of Australian music once again is Tina Arena. Propped by her finals appearance in Dancing With The Stars, her new book 'Now I Can't Dance', Tina has seen fit to return to mainstream pop with her new album 'Reset'. She's been quoted as saying to the Press that she didn't feel the time was right to release 'Reset' any earlier than she did (October 2013), and I guess her decision was right was the album has already gone gold in the land down under. I picked up the deluxe edition of the CD last week, not quite hoping that it would be a return to the 'Don't Ask' era, but that would indeed be a tall ask, as the music on 'Reset' is dead-set to the modern contemporary age. Put it this way, the kids of today would enjoy it, less so the adults.

The Songs
The winner all-round is still that magnificent voice. She can stun at 100 paces me thinks, but for mine, the songs don't quite hit the mark for me. Tina has been known for firing up her 'inner rock chick' on occasion, but it won't be on 'Reset' unfortunately. She's teamed up mostly with a music/production house featuring guys like Robert Conley, Alex Hope, Danton Supple, David Schuler and Roberto De Sa. It's all about grooves and beats, and nothing about rock, tending to stay within a soul, R&B, and contemporary pop bubble. Still, the lead-off single 'You Set Fire To My Life' is pretty damned catchy, and quite rightly has captured singles and video attention all over the land of the red dust. 'Love You Less' is the CD opener and features Tina's dreamy vocal upon a groove laden back-beat. The album is heavily laced with piano driven ballads, though in some cases the tempo and energy lifts up into the clouds. This is notable toward the back-end of the album. Songs that get my vote of approval include: 'I Can Breathe', the punchy 'Don't Look Back', the soaring 'Don't Hide', or the provocative 'Let Me In'.

In Summary
This is Tina's first English language pop-album for a good ten years, and it's a return to fame for the prodigal daughter from the western suburbs of Melbourne. As I said, this doesn't appeal to me in the same way that the awesome 'Don't Ask' CD did, but it's a different time and place now, and we're only too glad to see her back on the podium! Bello riaverti Tina!

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#1 | gdazegod on November 25 2013 06:12:15
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#2 | jefflynnefan on December 07 2013 21:03:12
She's a good singer. France has Mylene Farmer, Asia has Faye Wong and Australia has Tina. I think she did a version of Maria McKee's 'Show Me Heaven' that wasn't bad. Nice review.
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