First Impressions: Tamia's 'Beautiful Surprise'
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Like many, the first time I heard Tamia was back when she appeared on Quincy Jones' Q's Jook Joint as his new protégé and with her awe-inducing performance of Rod Temperton's "You Put A Move On My Heart" in tow. Since then, the Canadian songbird has taken up ample amount in my music collection and has been a favorite voice of mines. After hearing about Tamia joining forces with Deborah Cox and Kelly Price to form a super lady group, The Queen Project I was quite jazzed at the idea, but as we all know, the Queen Project was dethroned, and now Tamia is back doing the solo do again with a brand new track.
Produced by Saalam Remi, the melodic "Beautiful Surprise" is drenched in lovey-dovey pleasantries, which makes it a perfect compliment to the pending (or already arrived) warm Spring weather. But to put it in less flowery journalistic terms---the song is excellent. No auto-tune, no gimmicks---just a no frills R&B jaunt that really refreshes the senses. I have to say that this song feels out-of-time (try early 2000's), deriving from the type of sound that felt long gone, yet it's quite nice to hear something so solid and well, simple. "Beautiful Surprise" is all prep for Tamia's new album which is coming soon and will feature the production talents of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, The Runners, Claude Kelly, and many more.
Glad to have you back, Tamia, I missed ya girl.
Tamia - Beautiful Surprise