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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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