Many people think that Tiffany hasn't released music since the late eighties and they would be wrong. She's been steadily releasing music throughout her career and the music has always been a representation of who she is as an artist. Her latest single, "Beautiful" is just that; an awesome representation of where she's at in her life. She's a bit older. She's got a little mileage on her and she's not making music that's age specific. When she was a teenager, her music appealed mostly to teens; now as a grown woman, there's quite a bit of pop appeal to what she's releasing but it's not for kids and it's not for soccer moms. It's quality pop music and it should be treated as such. A lot of people will want to talk about how her "voice still sounds" and how she looks as an adult compared to the memories they had of her as a young woman but that's reductive and doesn't do any good. She's beautiful and her voice is strong and amazing.
I like how this track and her updated version of "I Think We're Alone Now" have a bit of an edge to them. They're a little more rock and a little less bubblegum. I feel like that's a parallel to how a lot of us have grown as adults, the wide eyed idealism of youth is traded in for a bit of life experience and it gives us more of an edge. It allows us to be able to discern things a little more clearly with more judgment. We don't rush headlong into decisions like we may have when we were younger. It's still unmistakably Tiffany at it's core with it's pop sensibilities and it's a song that is easily accessible to everyone, regardless of where you're at in your life. It's a song about connecting and forgetting everything and everyone except for that person that makes you feel like a kid again. The person that fills your head with cotton candy nonsense and makes all the things just so much sweeter. If she keeps releasing music like this, she has absolutely renewed my faith in what quality, time tested pop music should sound like.