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Public Affair [Bonus Track]
     

A Public Affair [Bonus Track]

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by Jessica Simpson
 

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There are basically two ways to deal with a divorce in pop music: dig deep into your soul and pour it all out on the page (à la Blood on the Tracks), or treat it as sheer liberation (à la Back in the High Life). Perhaps it's only appropriate that the dissolution of the Jessica

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There are basically two ways to deal with a divorce in pop music: dig deep into your soul and pour it all out on the page (à la Blood on the Tracks), or treat it as sheer liberation (à la Back in the High Life). Perhaps it's only appropriate that the dissolution of the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey marriage -- one of the biggest tabloid stories of the 2000s, or at least 2006 -- produced two wildly different records that nevertheless follow these blueprints to a tee. First, Nick delivered the mopey What's Left of Me, whose title pretty much gives away the game; he paints himself as the man wronged, unaware that he's coming across a bit like a simpering cuckold but clearly aware that he's placing all the blame on Jessica's shoulders, and even if she doesn't explicitly embrace that burden on her post-divorce platter, A Public Affair -- whose title also nods at the hysterical gossip surrounding their separation -- its devil-may-care vibe suggests that everything that's been said about her is indeed true. At the very least, she's put her marriage far, far behind her -- according to the liner notes, some sister-bonding with Ashlee, where they cried and listened to Patty Griffin, did the trick (if only they were watching Kathy Griffin instead!) -- and is out to have nothing but a good time. And that's what A Public Affair is: a party record, pure and simple. A full eight songs are finished by the time Jessica switches the tempo down a notch or two, and even then it's only for a few songs; of the 13 songs here, ten are designed either for the dancefloor or carefree sunny afternoons. Of those three slower songs, there are a few allusions to her breakup with Nick -- on "I Don't Want to Care" she sings that she doesn't want to care about him and herself, and her version of Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly" carries a certain meeting given the context -- but they don't stick, since they're overwhelmed by the bright, gaudy retro-dance that dominates this album. In other words, it's the opposite of the turgid, moribund 2003 In This Skin, which was all mannered showbiz ballads, just like how 2001's Irresistible was the reverse of her overly calculated debut, but the difference is, A Public Affair is easily the strongest album she's ever made, powered by a couple of excellent singles in "A Public Affair" and "If You Were Mine." Respectively, they recycle Madonna's "Holiday" and Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You," but that's a good place for Jessica to be -- breezy and tuneful, sunny and cheerful, they're songs that retain their sugar buzz after they've been played a dozen times. When she tries too hard -- which she does a fair amount here: most horrendously on the stilted hip-hop of "Fired Up," which makes Britney's "Me Against the Music" seem graceful; most ridiculously on "Swing with Me," a reworking of Louis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" that just points out how good Christina Aguilera's similar big-band makeover on Back to Basics actually is; and most bizarrely on the attempted country-funk of "Push Your Tush," a disco workout built on the Ohio Players' "Who'd She Coo" but memorable for Jessica's incongruous Hee-Haw-isms, such as her opening salvo "let's get some grub!" or a tossed-off "cock-a-doodle-doo!" -- she falls flat on her face and it's pretty embarrassing to hear, but she and her producers have enough sense to keep things as light and airy as angel food cake. Since this has been an instinct that's failed Jessica and her team -- as always, headed by father and executive producer Joe Simpson -- it comes as a bit of a shock that a good portion of A Public Affair is indeed pure cheerful fun, since she's only hit that on occasion in the past. And if A Public Affair doesn't all work -- and even if her voice is suspiciously buried in the mix throughout -- it nevertheless is by far the most entertaining album she's ever done and does indeed suggest that the divorce has loosened and liberated her (of course, some might say she got a little looser and liberated toward the end of the marriage, and based on What's Left of Me, Nick Lachey would be one of them). [This edition of the album included "I Belong to Me" as a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970017428
catalogNumber:
700174

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessica Simpson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass
Louis Biancaniello   Keyboards
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Nikki Harris   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jimmy Jam   Keyboards
Greg Kurstin   Guitar,Keyboards
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Lester Mendez   Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Gary Novak   Drums
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Reuben Rodriguez   Bass
Dan Shea   Keyboards
Tony Tolbert   Background Vocals
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Jimmy Wright   Keyboards
Vince Cherico   Drums
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Dorian Holly   Background Vocals
Corey Rooney   Keyboards
Espen Lind   Keyboards
David E. Williams   Guitar
Danny Kurtz   Bass
Abe Laboriel   Drums
David Levita   Guitar
Makeba Riddick   Background Vocals
Magnus Beite   Keyboards
Tamyra Gray   Background Vocals
David Andrew Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Justin King   Guitar
Chris August   Background Vocals
Ravaughn Brown   Background Vocals
Sherree Ford Brown   Background Vocals
Cacee Cobb   Background Vocals
Jerry Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Siedah Garrett   Vocal Arrangements
Ron Allaire   Engineer
Louis Biancaniello   Programming,Producer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Greg Kurstin   Programming,Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer,Audio Production
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Producer,beats
M. Pierce   Composer
J.W. Sewell   Composer
Dan Shea   Producer
Mike Terry   Engineer
Wally Gagel   Producer
Sam Watters   Producer
Peter Wade   Engineer
Corey Rooney   Producer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Orlando Calzada   Engineer
T. Gray   Composer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Andrew Rugg   Engineer
Xandy Barry   Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Engineer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Wally Gagle   Engineer,Instrumentation
Chris Megert   Vocal Arrangements
Laurie Rosenwald   Cover Typeset
Joe Simpson   Executive Producer,Management
Ian Cross   Engineer
Scott Storch   Producer

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A Public Affair 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jessica new cd ROCKS i heard about 6 or 7 songs and let me tell you WOW!!! That is all i can say! This is the BEST cd from Jess!! Who ever said it was bad then you are CRAZY b/c it's GREAT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is absolut. the worst of any I have ever heard. When singers remake songs its to make them better not worse. No one should buy this cd, Its for your own good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Public Affair is Jessica's worst album to date! She sings in a whining voice, and the high-schoolish lyrics she has written, demonstrates why young girls should graduate from high school and go to college. This album is highly disappointing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jessica's latest album is not up to par. I only liked two songs on the album. The first was "A Public Affair" and the second was "The Lover in Me." A couple of other songs may grow on me but I must say that this was a big disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd sucks! I guess she was stupid to leave nick...she left her singing abilities too...nick must have the last laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
im going to be nice and rate this album a 3. I love Jessica Simpson, don't get me wrong but i did not enjoy one song on this album, I mean she needs to stick to her roots and stick with her old music and this music does not do anything for her talent, it just sounds like Britney Spears on crack! p.s., Jessica PLEASE go back to your roots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up loving Jessica Simpson--I stopped once she became Daisy Duke. However, I heard "A Public Affair" and I listened to her album at BN.com right away. As much as I think "A Pulbic Affair" is a fun piece of work, I did not like the rest of the albumn. It was great Jessica actually experimented with synstheziors--I giver her props to that, lyrically it is not that bad, but vocally this album is a disgrace to musicans. If she just used her own sweet voice instead of talking and wisphering and computerizing it then this album would have received five stars. In order to have a good album one must have variaty in music and lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really dont think this cd sounds like jessica ,I mean her voice sounds diffrent and the music isn't her style, I love jess and own all her albums but I'm not shure about this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It appears that Jessica not only doesn't know the difference between chicken and chicken of the sea, but that she does not know the difference between a good song and a bad one. The title cut is the only track worth mentioning. Maybe instead of an album, she should have considered releasing this as as a stand alone track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
May i just say that this album sucks!!!! Her windy Madonna wannabe voice just doesn't cut it for good music. Just go back to reality tv jess...after all thats how u got famous in the first place.. she should really stick to her element..which as sad as it is is not singing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album, the songs sound danceable. When I listen to them I dance myself through them. This is simply the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Public Affair is one of Jessica's better albums. It goes past her pop roots and she has songs that are obviously a lot about what has been happening to her and what she hopes will happen in the future. I love the cd and am more than happy I bought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The remake "You Spin Me Round" is awful and should have never been remixed. The Car's musical sample does not mix well with her style of music. I was most disappointed in Jessica's singing voice and the vaguely written lyrics. In my view, only one decent song, "Public Affair."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Jessica's music. "In this Skin" was a better album than a "Public Affair." The only songs that I liked were here remakes (You spin me round and Let Him Fly). I must say I am disappointed. Her voice is over synthesized and the songs are somehow overproduced in the uptempo songs of this album. I hate to do this, but Nick's album, What's left of me is way better in comparison.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The unmature lyrics, underdeveloped voice of Jessica's singing makes Public Affair CD painfully awful. If you plan on buying this CD, wait until she releases other songs so you are not disappointed like I was. Public Affair by far, is Jessica's worst musical release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really disappointed in Jessica's Public Affair CD. There is too much distortion in the music. No catchy lyrics. The Dope remake, "You Spin Me Round" sounds better than Jessica's stale version. I think Public Affair is the best song on the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never really thought that there was much of a lasting quality in her voice. This cd just confirms it. Maybe she should work on becoming an actor or something. Normally as people age their music gets more indepth but it seems like these songs are just fluff that doesn't really matter. I think she seems really sweet and she is very beautiful but it always came across to me that the words were belted out (more of a shouting way too) then sung out. Maybe if her music gets remixed it will sound good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the CD is a wonderfully fun CD!!! I like all of the light-hearted songs which is what she meant it to be. I will definitely buy the CD when it comes out and I think everyone else should as well! Give the poor girl a break. All Jessica meant was for the CD to be fun, light, and spirited and that is what it is!!! Great easy listening- good mood music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jessica but this is definatly not her best album. There are a few songs that are good and the album is worth getting for those songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is worse than anything else I have heard Jessica do! I am still trying to understand HOW she even can call herself a singer. It sounds like the typical pop album-nothing exciting or orginal about it. I really hope this is the last cd she will put out and the last we will have to put up with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a waste of money! Jessica's lyrics are really immature and it sounded like she really didnt put in any effort at all! This album should have been released about six years ago and maybe she would finally have a number 1. Looks like shes not cut out for music either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the only good song on this album is A Public Affair....& it sounds alot like Madonna's 'Holiday' & its video is similar to Madonna's 'Sorry'...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its not a bad cd i mean it cold grow on me. i like most of the songs but its not her best album i tell u that. In this skin was well i guess i just like her singing ballads
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved jessica simpson"s new cd it was great . I liked all of the songs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago