Various Artists

Ten out of Tenn, Vol. 3

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Trent Dabbs and K.S. Rhoads' Ten out of Tenn series of various-artists albums, of which this is the fourth (counting a Christmas collection), seems intended to demonstrate that Nashville can be known for something other than country music. In addition to themselves, Dabbs and Rhoads select eight other local artists for their discs, and while the voices sometimes bear soft Southern accents, the music is soft pop, not country. On this album, the early tracks, particularly Kyle Andrews' "Sushi" and Mikky Ekko's "It's Only You," reveal the artists' affection for ‘80s-style synth pop. Later, pianos and acoustic guitars become more prominent. It's no surprise to find that some of these performers, Dabbs himself for one and also Andrew Belle, have had their music used on the soundtracks of youth-oriented prime-time soap operas like 90210, The OC, and Grey's Anatomy, since much of the music has the kind of emotion-filled, sensitive, vaguely romantic sound favored as the underpinning to those shows' melodramatic themes.

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