Tambourine While Tift Merritt’s debut established her alt-country chops, this follow-up Tambourine finds her hitting the Dusty trail…as in "Dusty in Memphis"' blue-eyed soul. Maybe "Al… Tambourine While Tift Merritt’s debut established her alt-country chops, this follow-up Tambourine finds her hitting the Dusty trail…as in "Dusty in Memphis"' blue-eyed soul. Maybe "Al… 2004-08-24 Tift Merritt
Music Review

Tambourine (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 24, 2004; Lead Performance: Tift Merritt

While Tift Merritt’s debut established her alt-country chops, this follow-up Tambourine finds her hitting the Dusty trail…as in ''Dusty in Memphis''' blue-eyed soul. Maybe ''Al in Memphis'' is even more apropos, given the mostly upbeat nature of a set that mixes rousing R&B horns with Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s understated guitar. Merritt’s voice is a magical combination of cool reserve and effortless warmth; when she serenades a ''Good Hearted Man,'' you suspect he’s getting a pretty grand ticker in return.

Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints