The Color of Silence

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
If a class reunion of sorts were held for teen sensations from decades past, Tiffany might have every other guest writhing in envy thanks to The Color of Silence. The flaming red-haired pop singer has long provided the essence of embarrassing '80s musical preferences and the core of one-hit wonder teasing though she was more of a four-hit wonder. What a surprise then that she is now a geek resurrected and reinvented. Take heed, bullies of the music world -- Tiffany was "most likely to prove us all wrong" from the very start. The Color of Silence is the Tiffany album listeners have been waiting for. It is extravagant and unbridled, spilling with good ideas molded into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
If a class reunion of sorts were held for teen sensations from decades past, Tiffany might have every other guest writhing in envy thanks to The Color of Silence. The flaming red-haired pop singer has long provided the essence of embarrassing '80s musical preferences and the core of one-hit wonder teasing though she was more of a four-hit wonder. What a surprise then that she is now a geek resurrected and reinvented. Take heed, bullies of the music world -- Tiffany was "most likely to prove us all wrong" from the very start. The Color of Silence is the Tiffany album listeners have been waiting for. It is extravagant and unbridled, spilling with good ideas molded into eclectic rock pieces and passionate pop songs and ballads. If anyone should question a Tiffany return, they need only hear "Open My Eyes," which introduces itself as a guitar-strumming ballad before exploding into one of the most flavorful and hard-edged pop choruses of 2000. She follows similar suit on "Good Enough for Me," which glistens with simple catchy charm. Intentionally or not, The Color of Silence bridges three decades of music, which is a primary factor in its appeal. Tiffany's voice itself, as immaculate and deliciously raw as it has become, is still a leak through from the '80s. Many of the femme power messages and alternative angst from the '90s scourge the album, yet every song is carried by a glossy modern 2000 production and absolutely terrific instrumentals. There are the kind of albums that sound horrible until they grow on you and you break each song down to reveal the intricacies and beauty underneath. There is a rarer kind of album which sounds great on the surface, but is not full of cliché a-b-c lyrics and arrangements either. The Color of Silence needs to be broken down but not in order to love the album, rather, to love it more. This "comeback" attempt could simply be credited with good marketing in the way it filters intelligent, poetic lyrics through the current trend in synthesized, electric pop. It is quite evident that Tiffany and her team of writers including producer Tim Feehan seem to have a higher goal than hitting marks on the radio station spectrum. The ballad "If Only" may be lovely and radio friendly but it is also a haunting cry for unrequited love that runs a blatant four-line course on suicidal tendency. "Piss You Off" is a track that also may not go over well with parents of young Tiffany admirers, but with all the other radiowave junk running amok, at least it has something to say. Boasting clever lyrics, it compares two lovers to hateful neighbors "Too bad if you think I'm leaving/Who cares if you hate my dog/Maybe I'll get another/Just to piss you off" and one of the great melodies on an album filled with hooks. Tiffany reaches a targeted adult audience while keeping her lyrics toned on most of the album to appeal to all ages -- they are wholesome and deep but not baffling There is a fine line to walk in turning self expression to pop music and at moments Tiffany has a better grasp than the Alanis Morisettes or Sarah McLachlans. The first single "I'm Not Sleeping" mixes dark melody and fun with additional vocals by rap artist Krayzie Bone. It is not a surprise that Eureka Records changed their choice in first single release it was originally "Open My Eyes" because half the album would boast well for a single. Here is hoping that the album will do well enough to eventually release the dazzling rocker "Christening," which is downright scary when you keep in mind it was sung by the same mall girl who gave listeners "I Think We're Alone Now." Call her a mall girl now -- dare ya.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Eureka
  • UPC: 715668025820
  • Catalog Number: 258
  • Sales rank: 302,523

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Open My Eyes (4:34)
  2. 2 I'm Not Sleeping - Krayzie Bone (3:42)
  3. 3 Piss You Off (3:51)
  4. 4 I Will Not Breakdown (4:15)
  5. 5 Keep Walking (3:39)
  6. 6 If Only (4:15)
  7. 7 Silence (4:17)
  8. 8 All the Talking (3:57)
  9. 9 Good Enough (4:14)
  10. 10 Christening (4:18)
  11. 11 Betty (4:31)
  12. 12 Cinnamon (4:45)
  13. 13 Butterfly (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tiffany Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Tim Feehan Synthesizer, Bagpipes, Accordion, Electric Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Joe Brooks Synthesizer, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Gene Black Guitar, Electric Sitar
Cisco DeLuna Guitar
Cary DeVore Piano
Michael Fisher Percussion, Kalimba, Tamboura, Vibes
Herman Matthews Drums
Ovis Synthesizer, Percussion, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
London Jones Background Vocals
Krayzie Bone Rap, Track Performer
Doug Elkins Background Vocals
Mark Dutton Bass
John Thomas Guitar
Mark Wickliffe Drums
David Frederic Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Tiffany Executive Producer
Tim Feehan Composer, Producer, drum programming
Joe Brooks Composer, Producer
Ovis Producer, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Brad Schmidt Executive Producer
Paul Wagner Engineer
Jennifer Christie Pro-Tools
David Frederic Engineer, Pro-Tools
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tiffany Returns in Style

    I heard snippets of ''The Color of Silence'' on Tiffany's ''Behind the Music'' and I liked what I heard from the very start. I bought the CD and was impressed by a great majority of the songs, my favorite being ''Open My Eyes,'' which is a great pop song. Look past Tiffany's bubble gum past, she's a grown-up now, and you should give her CD a spin, you'll probably end up being pleasantly suprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tiffany returns in style

    This album is a triumphant return for Tiffany. It is a masterpiece from top to bottom. This is the first album she has recorded in which she has written the majority of the songs. It is not the teen pop she was known for, but a woman who has grown and seen the world, and has greatly matured along the way. Her renaissance is very much like that of Alanis Morissette. The opening track of the album sets the tone for the works to follow. It starts out very mellow and then proceeds to rock. The first single for the album, ''Im not Sleeping'' featured Krazie Bone, and is a magnificent song coping with domestic abuse. Another highlight of this album is ''good enough for you.'' Her vocals are magnificent and its a wonderful song about growing up and seeing the world for what it really is. This album has been reviewd by Billboard as one of the best pop albums of the year, and i tend to agree.

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