BareNaked

BareNaked

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by Jennifer Love Hewitt
     
 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is best known as the perky Party of Five star and the big-screen babe from I Know What You Did Last Summer. But perhaps only Hewitt's diehard fans -- who affectionately call her Love -- know that she got her start as a recording artist. Hewitt made her

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is best known as the perky Party of Five star and the big-screen babe from I Know What You Did Last Summer. But perhaps only Hewitt's diehard fans -- who affectionately call her Love -- know that she got her start as a recording artist. Hewitt made her Stateside singing debut at age 16 with Let's Go Bang (she had previously released an album in Japan in 1992), but the album failed to live up to its titular promise. With Barenaked, however, the Lovely One hopes the third time is the charm. Produced by Meredith Brooks, who had a hit in 1997 with the independent-woman rock anthem "Bitch," the provocative disc showcases Hewitt's surprisingly hearty vocals, most commendably on the string-laden ballad "You," the gospel-choir-backed "Stronger," and the acoustic guitar–anchored "Stand in Your Way." Unlike her teen pop counterpart, the testy Avril Lavigne, Hewitt muses that her love's "not complicated and I want to celebrate it" on the upbeat "First Time," Unfortunately, on that same track Love launches into a chorus of "doot doot doot dah's" à la Suzanne Vega on "Luka." There's also the unfortunate "I Know You Will," which features a trite rap and the guitar-pumped "Rock the Roll," where Hewitt laments that "everybody's pushing me to date a big rock star." Guess her courtships with John Mayer and the lead singer of LFO don't count. Yet, for all of Barenaked's Velveeta moments, J-Love deserves props for her bluesy, nearly a cappella cover of the Janis Joplin–famed "Me and Bobby McGee." So what if she's not as hip as Pink or a total pop tart like Christina (despite her best efforts with the album's seminude cover). The naked truth is that Barenaked places Jennifer in the same winning class as young singer-songwriters Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton -- and that's worthy of a little love.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jennifer Love Hewitt was teen pop before teen pop was cool, but she sat out its glory years of 1999-2001, concentrating on her film career and transition from adolescence to adulthood. Her 2002 musical comeback, BareNaked, is the culmination of her journey to womanhood and, appropriately, it doggedly avoids any comparisons with teen pop. Where Pink chose Linda Perry as the collaborator, J-Love hired Meredith Brooks, who certainly does move Hewitt far away from teen pop, firmly planting her into adult alternative pop with a record that wants to sound like Michelle Branch but can't shake the fact that it sounds like Meredith Brooks. This is not a bad thing, since it's well-crafted, appealing melodic acoustic pop, not nearly as provocative as the coy cover art and title, all earnestly sung by Love. If it doesn't ring as authentically as, say, Branch or Vanessa Carlton, it's because at her core Hewitt is a show-biz kid, and she still sounds a bit like she's putting on a show. But, thanks to Brooks' sturdy craftsmanship, it's a pretty good show all the same, with plenty of good MOR tunes and a winning, warm production that is only ridiculous on the hippy-dippy voice-and-bongo interpretation of "Me and Bobby McGee." Many critics have laughed this off because it's Jennifer Love Hewitt and because it is unabashedly square mainstream pop, but it's very good in its style and is a nice new beginning for a singer/actress that seemed to be stuck in dance-pop.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886970654821
catalogNumber:
706548
Rank:
53055

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Love Hewitt   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Livingstone Brown   Bass,Keyboards,Chant
Glen Holmen   Bass
Michael Parnell   Keyboards
Carolyn Perry   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Rose Stone   Background Vocals
Meredith Brooks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Goldo   Keyboards,Vocals
Dustin Boyer   Guitar
Emerson Swinford   Acoustic Guitar
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Chris Canute   Hand Drums
Andrew Boston   DJ

Technical Credits

Livingstone Brown   Programming
David Cole   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Brad Haehnel   Engineer
Meredith Brooks   Producer,Engineer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Ken Fredette   Reissue Design
Goldo   Programming,Engineer
Dustin Boyer   Arranger,Composer
Alexander Greggs   Producer
Dave Darling   Programming,Engineer
Emerson Swinford   Composer
Chris Canute   Arranger
Guy Erez   Composer
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you listened to the radio and found yourself wanting to hear Jennifer's New Song Barenaked over and over again, you will not be disappointed with the rest of the album. "Can I Go Now" will leave you wondering why she didn't bring this song first. "You" is a haunting melody. "Hey Everybody" is a perfect, crank up, sing at the top of your lungs song. "Where You Gonna Run To" proves that love is not easy for anyone. "I Know You Will" shows a deep soul driven Jennifer. "Rock The Roll" is a fusion of pop/jazz/blues/hiphop that makes you wanna dance. "Stand In Your Way"(in my opinion) is the best song on the album. A perfect hopeless romantic, make up song. With help from Meredith Brooks as co-writer on many of the songs, this feeling felt, rollercoaster of emotions leaves you interested in her other work (which by the way is also great) and shows jennifer's true versatility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Love again showcases her singing prowess in her latest album "Barenaked". As compared to her previous works, this album boasts not only her powerful voice but her writing skills as well. Songs like "Can I Go Now" and "Stronger" really shows how good her vocal chords and brains are. I just wish they included more ballad tracks in the album though. But with "You" in the list, who'd complain? Listening to her makes one think... Who needs a Christina Aguilera and an Avril Lavigne when you can have both in Jennifer Love Hewitt?
Guest More than 1 year ago
THe songs are fantastic and the fact that jennifer co wrote them is even better! Her voice sounds awesome. "can i go now" and "barenaked" are terrific songs (as are all the others)
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I found myself buying this album because 1> i am a Jennifer Love Hewitt fan and 2> i like the song BARENAKED i got it thinking that I would only like the tilte track, but after BARENAKED was over and the music for CAN I GO NOW started, i saw i was wrong. there are plenty of songs on the album to hold your interest. Songs like CAN I GO NOW and WHERE YOU GONNA RUN TO have that pop feel, but not like andything AVRIL or BRITNEY does. there is maturity to them. there are pleny of songs on this album where she shows off her vocal range, and in my opinion, my favorite song on the album is STAND IN YOUR WAY. no matter if you are a man or a woman, you will find something that you like and can relate to. WAY TO GO JLH
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard all the songs in full length and I can say this cd is a very good try at something good, but it really falls short of what you may be hoping. May be hoping that this girl can sing, but to me it seemed like she really has a limited vocal range and it doesn't thrill you too much. Also, a lot of the songs have the same tone, beat, and lack of structure to the wording...also slow but melodic. Barenaked tries to build you up in the beginning, but overall I'd say this cd was a big let down. SOrry to say it, but it was. :(
Guest More than 1 year ago
she has a perfect voice and perfect face in fact,if she pays more attentions on singing,i think she'll be better than britney,(if u r her fan dont complain me,brit is good)and this album is a big change if u have heared LET'S GO BANG and her self-titled,it's a good choice she chose meridith brooks,she's a great singer and song writer and her music is excellent:)she rocks so she made jennifer's BARENAKED so special,not like the other pop singer's songs,like in YOU,there is a love story that when u hear it you'll be moved and cried,ME AND BOBBY MCGEE shows jennifer's great skill on singing,I KNOW YOU WILL and ROCK THE ROLL is soooo cool,STANDING YOUR WAY like meredith's style but jennifer sings well....soooo many surprises if u listened you'll know,jennifer did a very good job this time,so EVERYBODY'S PUSHING HER TO DATE A BIG ROCK STAR!!!!LOL!!!!!!she's talent on music,you should know this hard working album will never let u disapointed if u r a big music fan!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say, I didn't know that Jennifer could sing up until I saw the video to "BareNaked", I was really surprised about how good it sounded. So I went out and bought the album and I fell in love with it. Her second single "Can I Go Now" is great and Jennifer has a fine but limited vocal range, the album is packed with teenage/adult music for everybody, her vocal work on "You" is exeptional she really sings right into your heart, and he does and exellent job on "Where You Gonna Run To" and "I Know You Will". My Favourite song on the album is: "Avenue Of The Stars" it gives me hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD! I bought it because i had heard the song "Barenaked" and loved it! This cd has awesome songs, each different and with a cool, earthy vibe to it. My favorite songs are "Barenaked", "Can I Go Now", and "First Time". The only reason i didn't give it 4 stars is because some of the songs are similar, but overall this rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago