No two ways about it -- Cyndi Thomson's debut album, What I Really Meant to Say, falls short of leaving a lasting mark on the listener's memory. Though Thomson is certainly a better than average vocalist, she is still a novice songwriter. Along with Tommy Lee James and other writers, Thomson co-wrote almost all of the cuts on this preview album. Some of the material is not bad; the sorrowful title cut shows promise, while "My World," a catchy, guitar-heavy tribute to Thomson's native Georgia with a "will you let me into your world" spin is as good as it gets. Thomson should probably have turned to the pros while picking songs for her debut album, giving herself time to develop her songwriting for the follow-up album.
AllMusic Review by Rick Cohoon