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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Jamie O'Neal follows up her Grammy-nominated 2000 debut with an even more formidable disc. Brave made early inroads with the hit single "Trying to Find Atlantis," a blazing album opener marked by a wailing fiddle and soaring electric guitar. O'Neal cuts loose with some serious vocal pyrotechnics in likening the search for a perfect man to the hunt for the mythological lost city, a notion that's expressed in the catchiest chorus of the year thus far. Her rueful but boldly expressed recollections of lost innocence in "Naïve" are bolstered by an '80s synth-pop backdrop, lyrical references to Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," a whimsical "na-na-na" background chorus, and ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Jamie O'Neal follows up her Grammy-nominated 2000 debut with an even more formidable disc. Brave made early inroads with the hit single "Trying to Find Atlantis," a blazing album opener marked by a wailing fiddle and soaring electric guitar. O'Neal cuts loose with some serious vocal pyrotechnics in likening the search for a perfect man to the hunt for the mythological lost city, a notion that's expressed in the catchiest chorus of the year thus far. Her rueful but boldly expressed recollections of lost innocence in "Naïve" are bolstered by an '80s synth-pop backdrop, lyrical references to Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," a whimsical "na-na-na" background chorus, and hard-rock guitar licks. Yet O'Neal is equally effective when fueling more subtle tunes with the same fire, as on the piano-and-strings power ballad "When Did You Know," a remarkable vocal display of both strength and deep feeling in service to a query about a dying love affair. In fact, O'Neal's sophomore effort displays both variety and depth -- from the acoustic-based tear-jerker "Follow Me Home" to the guitar-heavy country-rock salute to camaraderie in "Girlfriends" "Girlfriends kick ass!" O'Neill howls; from the forceful but deliberate ballad "Brave" to the banjo-and-guitar country workout in "I Love My Life." Like her girlfriends, O'Neal kicks ass.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first, the cover to Jamie O'Neal's second album, Brave, is a little disarming -- with her bronze tan and blonde hair, O'Neal not only looks like Tara Reid's older sister, but looks like she's ready to leave country for pop. While it's easy to get past the initial shock of the image -- a picture is just a picture, after all, a way to bring attention to an album -- the music on Brave never quite answers the question of whether O'Neal wants to be a pop or country singer. Elements of both are scattered throughout the album, at times making for some jarring juxtapositions, as when "Naïve" with its looped drum machine butts heads with the mawksih working-class ballad "Somebody's Hero," and neither tune feels like it belongs on an album that contains such Gretchen Wilson-wannabe tunes as "Devil on the Left" and "Girlfriends" whose call-and-response "kick ass" chorus is way too close to "Redneck Woman". The frustrating thing about Brave is, O'Neal does both the MOR pop and mainstream country well, but they don't sit comfortably together on an album. There are too many shifts in tone and mood to make this album an easy album to hear from beginning to end and, worse of all, there's not a knockout single in either style to give listeners a way into the record. O'Neal has a powerful voice and is a sturdy songwriter who does sound good in both the pop and country settings, but she hasn't yet come up with a way to reconcile both sides within her music, nor has she committed to following one style or another. Consequently, Brave is promising and intriguing, but never quite satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 724357989428
  • Catalog Number: 79894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trying to Find Atlantis (3:28)
  2. 2 Naïve (4:02)
  3. 3 Somebody's Hero (3:41)
  4. 4 When Did You Know (3:44)
  5. 5 Devil on the Left (4:29)
  6. 6 On My Way to You (4:21)
  7. 7 Follow Me Home (4:02)
  8. 8 Girlfriends (2:58)
  9. 9 Ready When It Comes (4:07)
  10. 10 Brave (3:28)
  11. 11 I Love My Life (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie O'Neal Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Beth Nielsen Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Organ, Piano
Eric Darken Percussion
Gary Prim Keyboards
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Kelly Back Electric Guitar
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Rodney Good Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Owen Hale Drums
Tony Harrell Accordion
John Hobbs Organ
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Drums
Greg Morrow Drums
Melissa Murphy Background Vocals
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Billy Panda Acoustic Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Reese Wynans Organ
Jonathan Yudkin Bouzouki, Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, Bazouki, national steel guitar
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Charles Rutherford's Jazz Pacific Orchestra Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Rivers Rutherford Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Robby Emerson Hand Clapping
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders Dobro, Steel Guitar
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Background Vocals
Roxie Dean Background Vocals
Dana Good Hand Clapping
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals
Tracy Broussard Hand Clapping
Jeremy Deloach Hand Clapping
Aliyah Good Guest Appearance
Griffin Good Guest Appearance
Autumn House Background Vocals
Cindy Jenkins Background Vocals
James Lowery Acoustic Guitar
Timothy Moore Hand Clapping
Minnie Murphy Background Vocals
Maggie Rutherford Background Vocals
Tania Smith VanHoy Hand Clapping
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Travis Toy Dobro
Toni Vance Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Beth Nielsen Chapman Composer
Tim Mensy Composer
Jimmy Murphy Composer
Rodney Good Engineer, Contributor, overdub engineer
John Kelton Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Tim Nichols Composer
Keith Stegall Producer, Audio Production
Chris Waters Composer
Brett James Composer
Annie Roboff Composer
Steve Ledet Engineer
Tom Nichols Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Shaye Smith Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Lisa Drew Composer
Robby Emerson Contributor
Jamie O'Neal Composer, Producer
Matt Rovey Engineer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Dana Good Contributor
Chip Matthews overdub engineer
Zach Turner Composer
Tracy Broussard Contributor
Jeremy Deloach Contributor
Michael Thompson drum programming, Loop Programming
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jamie is back with a very impressive sophmore CD.

    I can not stop listening to Jamie O'Neal's CD Brave. There is so many good songs on there like "Trying to Find Atlantis "Somebody's Hero", "Devil on the Left", and any girls out there who are a fan of her music there is a song on there called "Girlfriends" which that song is sassy and it totally rocks. So if you don't have this CD by her go out ond get it, it is totally worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't believe the cynical reviews

    I've been eagerly awaiting some new material from Jamie and this CD does not disappoint. "Naive" is a wonderful ballad, and "Somebody's Hero" is emotionally moving. If you like impressive country vocals then this album is for you.

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