Sound — 9
Singer-songwriter Tina Dico is the Joan Osborne of today's generation ringing clearly on her recent album Count To Ten, produced by Chris Potter (The Verve). Her folk rock melodies have vines of mood-setting guitars, leisurely wavy rhythms, wistful orchestral symphonies, and smooth sinking piano keys that are pillowed by the warmth of Dico's vocal resonance. Her vocals soar lovingly on Open Wide and brace a country-tinged trickle through Night Cab. The music creates a haunting mood in the guitars of Sacre Coeur and flutes a series of delicately statuesque riffs along Craftsmanship & Poetry. The folksy tendency of the tracks are reminiscent of Joan Osborne and Alana Davis channeling a fluidity that is harmonious and keeps the melodies moving with excellent handling. The seams are tightly sequenced in tracks like Everybody Knows and Cruel To The Sensitive Kind with melodic guitar fringes that whisper gently as Dico's vocals breath in and out of the rhythmic folds. It's an album that offers much to the mindful listener and puts life into perspective.
Lyrics — 9
Tina Dico's lyrics speak to the listener as if she is conversing with her audience on a person to person basis. The song Everybody Knows projects this image as she sings, Always had to look good/ Always had to be perfect/ It always had to look easy/ So tell me now is it worth itUnder the cover, we are all as frail as each other/Everybody knows/ You're falling and it shows/ Nothing stays where nothing grows/ And everybody knows.
Overall Impression — 9
Tina Dico's album Count To Ten really digs into you. It's pleasing and focuses on being a meaningful album that people would want to write about in their diaries. The songs depend on Dico's voice to make them special, which she delivers. She sounds like she put a lot of love into these songs. Her warmth is reminiscent of Nicole Atkins and Astrid Williamson, especially in the way Dico takes the words and rolls them up and down her vocal scales and wraps her chords around each syllable enhancing the individual accents and the way the words are pronounced. It makes the audience take a moment to really listen to what she is saying. It is very expressive and makes these songs feel special. The songs are effective in the way Dico presents them, as if she is speaking directly to her audience. The music is nicely ambient, but Dico's presentation magnifies their luster.