Dee Messina - Delicious Surprise - Curb
review by: Cheryl
is apparently a good number for Jo Dee Messina since she is releasing
her fourth studio album in four years and she wrote or co-wrote four of
the best songs on the album. Like any true blue country artist worth
used her songwriting talents to purge the demons.
album kicks off with the rebellious "I'm Not Going Down."
says that although it is not one of the songs she wrote, the lyrics
inspired her and they are reflective of her real life. But it is when
the songs get really insightful that she shines. I'd say that ending her
long term engagement and putting herself in rehab has not only proven to
be ultimately cathartic but also provided her with first class song
fodder. She co-wrote on "Love is Not Enough," "Life is
Good," and "Where Were You" but my favorite song is the
one she wrote alone; "It Gets Better." This is a really
beautiful song with an optimistic message about surviving.
is clearly not afraid to expose her vulnerability; she delivers this
song with so much gravity that you can feel the tears she spent to write
states, about Delicious
that "rather then talk
about what has occurred in her life, she has chosen to sing about it.
She’s put together a group of songs that come from her heart, a group
of songs that are meant to convey a musical message of optimism,
strength and hope."
lacking in spunk, it is appropriate that the first song to be released
from the album is the defiant "My Give a Damn's Busted." This
song fits the feisty
like a pair of custom made
boots and I, for one, am not at all surprised at either her success or
her longevity. It was about a decade ago, my very first time to attend
Fan Fair as a country music journalist and I couldn't wait to walk
through the very same alley between the Ryman and Tootsies Orchid Lounge
where so many legends had walked so many times before. As I neared the
back stage entrance to the Ryman, a young, attractive red-head with a
generous smile, approached me with her hand out-stretched.
"Hi," she said enthusiastically, as she grasped my right hand
in both of hers, "I'm Jo Dee Messina and I'm a singer!" As she
spied my media lanyard she smiled even broader, "Write this down;
Mah. Seen. Nah", she carefully enunciated. And then she gestured
towards the Ryman. "Some day" she said with firm conviction,
"You'll see me coming out that door." She impressed me so much
that I did write her name down and I was not the least bit surprised
when she became such a huge success.
to her hiatus, she was visibly broken. It's nice to see that she has
recovered her spirit but retained her humility. That she is willing to
open her heart and let us all take a peek at the scars so we can see for
ourselves that she is all healed, illustrates how confident she is about
her life now; and rightfully so since “My Give A Damn’s Busted” is
the fastest climbing single of her career. We
send our congratulations to Messina's good friend, Joe Diffie too,
since he was one of the writers on this song
says, “To me,
the ‘delicious surprise’ in life is the dreaming, getting
there, without limits, without putting up boundaries, just having faith
and working hard. Dreams are meant to be followed and if your heart
speaks it, then it doesn’t matter how far-fetched it seems. You have
to believe.” As I read those words in her bio, my memory flashes back
to almost a decade ago on the young girl at the backstage entrance of
the Ryman who was clearly following her dream.
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This album rocks! Jo Dee really comes alive with some of
the best stuff ever, because you really hear her SING! I personally loved the first track, "Not Going Down". It should be her best single whenever it comes out.
Great album I really love Not Going Down the first time I heard the CD was when my eight year old Granddaughter brought it over.
~ Becky H.
I love everything Jo Dee does!!! When I first heard
"My Give A Damns Busted" I went everywhere trying to find out
when and where the CD was going to be Released and I will be there as soon
as the store opens on 4/26 to get my copy. It's a great CD!!!