Single Review: Tiffany “All This Time”

All This Time
Album: Hold An Friend’s Hand
Year: 1988

Mention the name Tiffany to people who were teens during the 80s and they will likely hang their heads in shame. That is, if they admit to even liking her at all. But for me, Tiffany was my personal favorite. Debbie Gibson (although I liked her, too) lost me after her second album.

When Tiffany came out with the “All This Time” cassette single from her new album, I snatched it up. It was one of my favorite tapes, but I stopped listening to it and really I can’t remember why. Although I think it was perhaps because she was fad and was out of fashion. And also, I had moved onto grunge.

However, some of Tiffany’s music holds up well. For instance, her first single, “All This Time” from her second album, is a forgotten but good ballad. Seriously. In the single, Tiffany is lamenting the break up of a romantic relationship. It’s an experience it’s glad she’s had, which she expresses in hackeyend analogies (“And like a light love disappears/but hearts are good souvenirs”) In the chorus, she confesses that she doesn’t regret going out with the guy and knows she will get over him. But she wonders what she will do with her all her free time (“All in all I’ve no regrets/the sun still shines/the sun still sets/the heart forgives/the forgets/but what will I do now/with all this time.”) The song focuses on the last few moments of a breakup and dramatizes them in the second verse (“One more kiss/even though it’s come to this”) In the last verse, it seems as though she is the one who decided to break up with him (“But don’t be sorry if you cry/I’ll be crying, too.”)

The music is what’s to be expected of 80s pop: a loud saxophone smack in the middle of the song for no reason, an energetic synthesizer which springs up, and tinkling guitars. But it’s part of the kitsch value of the single.

Tiffany’s voice is comparable to Kelly Clarkson’s, but with some grit to it. She has a better grasp of conveying hurt and disappointment that Clarkson still has to attain.

“All This Time” is worth a listen. Even without the irony attached to it.

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