Tammy Cochran – Where I Am
Album Review by Pepper Grayson
CSO Staff Journalist
Two words: Girl Power!
You may ask why you haven’t heard much new from Tammy
Cochran in a few years. After kicking back and drinking
in the eclectic, yet still very much countryfied, array of
tunes on her latest album release, Where I Am, your
questions will quickly be put to rest.
Having written or co-written a handful of songs on her
previous two albums (lest you forget the melodious and
heart-touching Billboard Country Single Top 10 Hit “Angels
in Waiting”), Cochran was ready to flex more of that
creative writer’s muscle to compile an entire album that
contained a true taste of her talents as a writer and artist.
On Where I Am, Cochran continues to demonstrate her
solid vocal abilities, while swinging the barn door wide open
for all to experience her strong writing talent, as well.
Pepper’s Brass Tacks Breakdown:
I was extremely impressed with the diversity Cochran was
able to compile in one album. She provides the essence of
country sentiment and storytelling in several cuts,
including “So Long”, Nobody’s Home”, “My Side of the
World” and “Chemistry”, while adding a melancholy flare,
suggestive of a Bob Seger tale, in “Gone”.
Cochran provides an uplifting tap-y’ur-toe tune in
“Ride of Your Life”. I ask you, who doesn’t love an
opportunity to fling on the boots, the belt, the big hair and
hit the dance floor for a good round of the Texas Two-Step?
Looking for more of a Pop song? Look no further than the
catchy chorus of “Long Way Down” to wet your mainstream
whistle. If that’s not enough, in the powerful ballad
“In Our House,” Cochran even touches on the unfortunately
much-too-common and social issue of domestic abuse.
Still not impressed with her range?
Take a listen to the title track “Where I Am” and tell
me you can’t appreciate the soulful and somewhat spiritual
quintessence. Or if you’re looking for a little more
raunchiness, “As Soon As I’m Over You” is an
in-your-face ‘I’m outta he-ya’ song, offering great
syntax in the chorus, full of fun, funky, and flare!
Musically speaking, I vote for “Highwire” as my
favorite on this album, as this tune offers up some incredible
and unexpected chord composition (I LOVE that!), while
detailing the angst of the torturous emotional roller coaster ride of dealing with a completely commitment-phobic
heartbreaker (I DON’T love that!).
I give this album four ‘Boot-Kicks’ out of five!