CD Review: Tiffany Dreams Never Die (2005)
This is a reissue of an album that was originally released in Asia in 1993, I believe, but was never before released in the states. The music scene in the US had changed a lot by that time, and even though Tiffany’s self-titled first album had sold 8 million copies and her follow-up album Hold an Old Friend’s Hand went platinum as well, pop music of this type just wasn’t popular at that time. I always thought she had a really versatile and unusual voice, and wasn’t really given enough credit, partly because she was a teenage singer. This version of Dreams Never Die also contains some demo tracks that were done about thirty years ago, in the late ’80s, but were not made into finished tracks or made available before. The first thing I noticed about these demo tracks is that her voice was basically just as good on the demos as it was on the finished album tracks. A lot of these songs would have worked fine on her first or second albums, and if you ask me, they are better than some of the songs that wound up on those albums. This is pop music, so the lyrics don’t tend to be extremely avant-garde, but then again, this isn’t alternative music, it is meant for the mainstream market. For the demos, my favorite songs are “You Can’t Break a Broken Heart” (which has an R&B kind of a feel), “Are You Lonely Tonight” (which is kind of bluesy and has interesting saxophone performed by Richard Elliot, who went on to release many smooth jazz recordings of his own), “I Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore” (which gives her a chance to do some acting), and “Angel Baby” (which almost has an a capella feel to it). I believe the actual Dreams Never Die album is tracks 1-13 and the demos are tracks 14-18, although for some reason it doesn’t say this. As far as the actual album goes, my favorite songs are “Kiss the Ground”, “Dreams Never Die”, and “Ruthless”(which has more of a rock sound to it). One of the things I like is that included with the album is a nice retrospective (written by her producer at the time), about how Tiffany got started on her career. It’s kind of funny that the “Mall Tour” is mentioned, because I remember hearing about it at the time, and I thought it was a good idea, because everyone in the ’80s was so into going to malls. Check out her “I Think We’re Alone Now” video for a montage of outtakes from this tour. I really think that this album would be interesting to the general listener as well as someone who remembers her from the ’80s, if you are interested in good singing and seeing how demo tracks are produced.