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Accelerate
     

Accelerate

by Jump5
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724358355307
catalogNumber:
83553

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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

Maurice White   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
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
Kalama Koanui   Composer

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