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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Jump5 returns to the CCM dance-pop ranks with Accelerate, and though it isn't the "quantum leap forward" its liner notes suggest, it's a skillfully executed, cunningly cheerful album that prevails by embracing its own predictability. Naturally, it's impossible to figure out who's singing what, as the wispy vocal styles of Brittany Hargest, Lesley Moore, and Libby Hodges are nearly identical. And Jump5's boy quotient doesn't fare much better -- Chris Fedun and Brandon Hargest are relegated to supporting harmonies and the occasional "Hey!" or "Uh-huh!" Musically too, Accelerate is mostly whirring electronics, vague, powder puff guitar riffs, and tittering drum tracks that ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Jump5 returns to the CCM dance-pop ranks with Accelerate, and though it isn't the "quantum leap forward" its liner notes suggest, it's a skillfully executed, cunningly cheerful album that prevails by embracing its own predictability. Naturally, it's impossible to figure out who's singing what, as the wispy vocal styles of Brittany Hargest, Lesley Moore, and Libby Hodges are nearly identical. And Jump5's boy quotient doesn't fare much better -- Chris Fedun and Brandon Hargest are relegated to supporting harmonies and the occasional "Hey!" or "Uh-huh!" Musically too, Accelerate is mostly whirring electronics, vague, powder puff guitar riffs, and tittering drum tracks that sound store-bought. But while their peers seem content to sell such vapidity at face value, Jump5 has God on its side, and the magnetic quality of a universal message called "FUN!" They have no use for the coy come-ons of Play's Replay, where the Swedish quartet toyed awkwardly with Destiny's Child-style sexual themes. Nor will they endorse the suburban thugisms that lurk in the androidal Aaron Carter's "Aaron's Party Come Get It." No, Brittany, Lesley, Libby, Chris, and Brandon want nothing more than to top off your self-image with their positive energy drink. "I hope I don't drive you insane/With my big right foot and unkempt mane," they sing over "Do Ya"'s primary color groove. "I know you love me the way I am." Sure, they're probably singing about God, and that might make some secular listeners awkward. They also drop the "Lords" pretty liberally throughout the album. But can you really preach effectively through a vocoder? In actuality, Accelerate is just an S Club 7 album minus two members and Bradley's bad rapping. "Every Part of Me" is able to conjure some slow jam atmosphere, and even features a tabla drum percussion sample. Good-natured covers of "Walking on Sunshine" and "We Are Family" are totally obvious, but the co-ed vocal tradeoffs on a run through Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" are infectious in a youth group pep rally sort of way, and the track is actually pretty funky. Conversely, the only thing funky about Carter's cover of the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" is its shelf life. Accelerate works because it doesn't hide its happiness and genuine zest for life amidst mixed pop music messages. It's as shallow as it wants to be, but meaningful all the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Sparrow
  • UPC: 724358355307
  • Catalog Number: 83553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Ya (3:09)
  2. 2 We Are Family (3:39)
  3. 3 Wonderful (3:20)
  4. 4 Pressure (3:08)
  5. 5 Why Do I Do (3:22)
  6. 6 Way of the World (3:24)
  7. 7 Walking on Sunshine (4:04)
  8. 8 Every Part of Me (3:24)
  9. 9 All Because of You (3:06)
  10. 10 Shining Star (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jump5 Primary Artist
Mark Hammond Drums
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Lynn Nichols Electric Guitar
Jackie Street Bass
Tedd T. Bass
Michael Ripoll Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alex Nifong Electric Guitar
Jamie Moore Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Maurice White Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Beau Williams Composer
Larry Dunn Composer
Shannon Ford Composer
Matthew Gerrard Composer
Mark Hammond Composer, Programming, Producer
Paul Jenkins Composer
Tom Laune Engineer
Lynn Nichols Composer, Executive Producer
Kimberley Rew Composer
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
Dan Needham Composer
Tedd T. Producer, Engineer
Beth Lee Art Direction
Philip Baily Composer
Dan Muckala Composer, Programming
Tedd Tjornholm Composer
Michael Linn Programming
Michelle Tumes Composer
Damon Riley Programming
Dan Shike Mastering
Brandon Hargest Composer
Chrissy Conway Composer
Alisa Girard Composer
Kristin Swinford Composer
Joshua Sage Newman Illustrations, Cover Design
Lee Bridges Drum Editing
Rusty Varenkamp Engineer
Jeffrey Roach Programming
Kevin Cyka Composer
Grant Composer
Kalama Koanui Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    accelerate

    people say that do ya is sung with a spiritual/religious theme, but i don't think so. you shouldn't shy away from this CD because others say it has uncomfortable religious content. do ya, rather, is sung about liking people for their personalities rather than what's on the outside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jump5 rocks!

    I really love this Cd. It has sooo many cool songs. A lot of people have said that it's Jump5's worst,but I don't think so at all. If you want to dance and sing along to something,listen to Accelerate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!!

    Accelerate ROCKS! My favorite songs on it are "Wonderful", "Walking on Sunshine", "All Because of You", and "Shining Star". You can't help singing along with this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accelerate

    i just bought this jump5 cd today & i love it so much . jump5 rocks i can't wait to buy the rest of their cd's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!

    I think this is Jump 5's best CD yet! The songs are so fun, sweet, and the vocals are awesome! If you loved their other CDs, you'll love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jump5 Rocks!!

    I loved this album so much!! It has such a positive message to it. I even voted for "Do Ya" on Radio Disney!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jump5 = awesome

    I luv Jump5's music. They are great witnesses to God!!! They're shining stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accelerate

    THIS CD IS SOOOOOOO COOL!!!! I REALLY LIKED THE SONG "WHY DO I DO" IT SOUNDS SUPER COOL. I WOULD RECOMEND BUYING THIS CD IF YOU LIKE UP BEAT POP MUSIC. :>)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accelerate

    J5 ROXS!!!!!!! IT IS INCREDIBLE!!!! DO YA, WE ARE FAMILY, WONDERFUL,PRESURE, EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY THE CD THEN GO TO THEIR WEB SITE AND YOU COULD GET THE CD FOR A LOW PRICE AND IF YOUR IN THE FIRST 2,000 YOU COULD GET IT AUTOGRAPHED!!!!!!!!!! IT'S A #1 BUY AND IF ANY OF YOUR OTHER FRIEND LIKE J5 THEN BUY THEM THE CD THAT MIGHT BE AUTOGRAOHED!!!!!!!!! :>)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd is GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this cd is soooooooo kewl!!!!!! i just got cd and it's soooooooooo kewl!!!!!! the best songs on this cd are "we are family", "why do i do""walking on sunshine""pressure" "way of the world". you should really buy this cd it's NOT a waste of money!!!

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