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First Listen: Jordin Sparks, "Tattoo"

First Listen: Jordin Sparks, "Tattoo"

First of all, I have to give "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks credit for not turning her atrocious coronation song, "This is My Now," into her first single. I've had about enough of the treacly messes "Idol" seems to turn out for the finale year after year, and I'm relieved that this year's version won't be getting a lot of radio play.

Sparks' actual first single, "Tattoo," hits airwaves today, but if you don't want to stay glued to the radio listening to it, you can just check it out here. I have to admit, I was expecting something slightly funkier after hearing that Sparks had signed with Jive, the wing of the Clive Davis empire that also houses Ciara and Justin Timberlake. Instead, "Tattoo" strikes me as fairly straightforward synth-r&b-lite. Co-written by Amanda Ghost of James Blunt's "Beautiful," it's pretty unchallenging, lyrics-wise ("you're still a part of everything I do/you're on my heart just like a tattoo").

On the positive side, her voice sounds good, even if the song's not instantly compelling. And I suppose it's good that she didn't try to sing something way too mature for her; that way, she won't fall into the "no 17-year-old knows what those words really mean" trap that occasionally dogged her on "Idol." Sparks' first album, which still doesn't have a title, is scheduled to come out in November; until then, what's your take on "Tattoo"?

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Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
This song is blah. I stopped watching American Idol after the first season.. Same crap different days/people.
sageflower sageflower 8 years
I think it sounds far too much like Rhianna's "Umbrella"... I don't like those staccato 'ah' sounds.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 8 years
haleylovesjohn haleylovesjohn 8 years
It is a good song, but I still think that Blake Lewis is a more marketable person than Jordan. Plus he is 1,000x more original.
jv jv 8 years
as a comment to another comment that says "the song suck", in good English this would be "the song sucks". Knowing that you can't spell correctly, you probably don't understand a word that this lovely artist is singing, therefore you don't like it. as for me, I think it is incredibly well done!!!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
i don't like her and the song suck
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
It's ok. I like it but I agree with is missing the wow factor.
BKNYGal BKNYGal 8 years
It's a nice song..but definitely not the first single to be released off of her debut album.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
It is definitely better than the Idol single. I agree that it could be a bit catchier, but her voice sounds pretty good. This is pretty much the type of music I was expecting to hear from her.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I think it's exactly her speed and her voice sounds great. I mean, it *is* straightforward synth-r&b-lite, but so is she.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
It's a very nice, I can knd of see people eat this song up like they did with Big Girls Don't Cry.
Blessed2x Blessed2x 8 years
heard only a tease of it last night at the Teen Choice Awards-am looking forward to hear it in it's entirety (unable to listen to it now)
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
i like it...definitely easy to jam out in my car. and i have SUCH a weakness for the lame, cheesy idol songs.
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