American Juniors

American Juniors

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by American Juniors
     
 
American Juniors: Kids in America collects performances from the top ten finalists from the preteen version of American Idol, plus two songs that feature the singers as a vocal group. The single, "One Step Closer," is a lightweight but fun disco-influenced song that is arguably more fun than the singles that the American Idol winners and

Overview

American Juniors: Kids in America collects performances from the top ten finalists from the preteen version of American Idol, plus two songs that feature the singers as a vocal group. The single, "One Step Closer," is a lightweight but fun disco-influenced song that is arguably more fun than the singles that the American Idol winners and runners-up issued before their full albums came out. Their version of the new wave staple "Kids in America," meanwhile, misses all the subtexts of the original, but it's still reasonably entertaining. Unlike American Idol proper, in which there is only one official winner, American Juniors picks the top five singers to form a vocal quintet. The show's top five -- Tori Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Chauncey Matthews, Morgan Burke, and Lucy Hale -- occupy most of the first half of the album. Hale's "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" shows that she has a surprisingly rich and mature voice; at times she sounds like a pint-size Kelly Clarkson. Burke's "Build Me Up, Buttercup" shows off his sweetly soulful pipes, while Tori's "Let 'Er Rip" brings some country twang to the album. Her sister Taylor has a likeminded approach on "Proud Mary," but her voice is higher and brighter. Matthews' delicate "A Whole New World" emphasizes just how young he is, but also suggests that he could have a powerful voice once he matures. Just as the second season of American Idol marked a vast improvement in the quality of contestants over its debut, American Juniors: Kids in America reflects how consistently good the American Juniors finalists were; in fact, Katelyn Tarver's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and Chantel Kohl's "Open Arms" are so poised that they don't really sound like the work of kids. That's both a good and a bad thing -- along with Matthews, the only American Juniors that sound like real kids are Jordan McCoy, A.J. Melendez, and Danielle White. Still, a prepackaged sound is nothing new when it comes to the American Idol franchise, but for the most part American Juniors: Kids in America manages to sound polished instead of slick.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0828765620925
catalogNumber:
56209

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

American Juniors   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
David Frank   Drums,Keyboards
Julian Gingell   Keyboards
Michelle Lewis   Background Vocals
Barry Stone   Keyboards
John Parricelli   Guitar
Dionyza Sutton   Background Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Peter Murray   Piano
Helena Gutarra   Background Vocals
James Nisbet   Guitar
David Nyström   Synthesizer,Piano
James McMillan   Keyboards
Chauncy   Vocals
Lucy   Vocals
Danielle   Vocals
Taylor   Vocals
Tori   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Composer
Tracie Ackerman   Composer
Chris Braide   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
David Frank   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Julian Gingell   Programming
Berry Gordy   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Tim Lever   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Barry Stone   Programming
Michael Tucker   Engineer
Jewels   Audio Production
Mike Percy   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Jeff Coplan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Shep Solomon   Composer
Simon Ellis   Composer
Andreas Mattsson   Composer
Jewels & Stone   Producer
Andrew Frampton   Composer
Peter Murray   String Arrangements
Peter Kvint   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Pelle Ankarberg   Composer
Niclas Molinder   Composer
Fredrik Thomander   Composer
Paul Wilson   Composer
Simon Nordberg   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Vocal Engineer
Nate "Billionheir" Butler   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Epicenter   drum programming
Toby Gad   Composer
James McMillan   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Stone   Audio Production

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American Juniors 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
booky24 More than 1 year ago
I now that I can't sing like them but its not like everyone has to jump up and buy this cd right at this moment but i think it is pretty good. I like the song abc.