Lisa Tingle Paradise (Tingle Entertainment)

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Lisa Tingle

Paradise (Tingle Entertainment)

Lisa Tingle has a beautiful voice. This is fact, not opinion. After a near-fatal car accident nearly silenced her for good, the longtime local singer bounced back in 1999 with her second CD Picture Me There. A year later, she strikes while the iron is still hot, releasing the 11 mid-tempo blues-rocking originals of Paradise. "Don't Edit" kicks off Paradise with a bang, its snap beats and flanger-texturalized acoustic guitar leading into a melodic charge. With co-writing credits by Tommy Shannon and top-notch singing, "Rising Sun" is as professional as anything put out by the major labels. And overall, Paradise is expertly recorded by Tingle's spouse Carl Thiel. Credit also goes to Tingle for choosing the cream of the local musical crop, including Malford Milligan, bassist Yoggie Musgrove, and drummer Brannen Temple. Unfortunately, we've heard it all before. Great voice, but nothing stylistically groundbreaking going on here, and with all the talent, you'd expect more. That said, her harmonic blues-rock hasn't sounded better either, such as on the radio-hungry "Chemistry." Even though it's more chorus than song, the tune highlights the Tingle's punchy vox, the theoretical love child of Sheryl Crow and Ian Moore. It's safe to say that if you dig either of them, Lisa's Paradise will make you Tingle.

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