Broken and Beautiful

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Suzie McNeil, after making it to the final four on the international television success RockStar INXS, was posed to be a rock superstar. However, INXS-flavored rock wasn't meant to be for McNeil, as can be seen on her debut album Broken and Beautiful. Instead of following the other ladies of RockStar into a harder rock area Storm Large, Dilana, McNeil shifted towards much friendlier power pop, in a similar vein to Kelly Clarkson and Pink. She enlists the help of Kara DioGuardi and Marti Frederiksen to write practically all of Broken and Beautiful for her, therefore leaving herself almost entirely out of the writing process. She has only two co-writing credits on the ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Suzie McNeil, after making it to the final four on the international television success RockStar INXS, was posed to be a rock superstar. However, INXS-flavored rock wasn't meant to be for McNeil, as can be seen on her debut album Broken and Beautiful. Instead of following the other ladies of RockStar into a harder rock area Storm Large, Dilana, McNeil shifted towards much friendlier power pop, in a similar vein to Kelly Clarkson and Pink. She enlists the help of Kara DioGuardi and Marti Frederiksen to write practically all of Broken and Beautiful for her, therefore leaving herself almost entirely out of the writing process. She has only two co-writing credits on the album. However, this might not be a totally bad thing. DioGuardi and Frederiksen have created a perfect album for McNeil, one that is catchy without being a sell-out, and indulgent without seeming pretentious. The album is stocked with hard pop chart smashers like "Hung Up" and "Skin," which would appeal to any radio listener. After that point, the album is heavy on rock ballads that McNeil shimmers on endlessly. "The One," "Lonely," "So in Love," and "Poison" are passionate, powerful, and sound amazing. There is never a doubt as to McNeil's vocal talents throughout the course of the album, mainly because she never sacrifices her vocal credibility in exchange for technology. However, the true highlight of Broken and Beautiful comes only two tracks into the album, with "Believe." "Believe" is an emotionally powerful ballad anthem which is not totally dissimilar and older than "Keep Holding On" by fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. The song has garnered much fame in its own right in Canada and the United States. It was used as a theme song for The Biggest Loser, a weight-loss reality television program, and is the official anthem for the Canadian team of the Olympics, which is sponsored by Bell Canada, and the song is heavily publicized on their website. Overall, the album has some flaws. At only ten songs, and with seven of those tracks being ballads, there is less mainstream appeal than required for this album, but still, at the same time, the disc is too mainstream for rock fans. In other words, it borrows the negative traits of both "Breakaway" and "My December" without having the appeal of Pink's "I'm Not Dead." However, every single track individually is strong, and the best moments on the album are stronger than anything Kelly Clarkson ever recorded. With any luck, Broken and Beautiful will be a commercial success and McNeil will become the household name she deserves to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Curve Records
  • UPC: 776974250429
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 376,083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonely (Are You Coming Home?) (4:28)
  2. 2 Believe (3:41)
  3. 3 Hung Up (2:52)
  4. 4 So in Love (4:04)
  5. 5 Skin (3:13)
  6. 6 Too Low (3:28)
  7. 7 Broken & Beautiful (3:39)
  8. 8 Poison (4:06)
  9. 9 Where Were You? (3:40)
  10. 10 The One (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suzie McNeil Primary Artist, Hand Chimes
Russ Irwin Piano, Hammond Organ
Mikal Reid Guitar
Brian Paturalski Guitar, Strings
Ryan Brown Drums
Technical Credits
John Kalodner Contributor
Michelle Lewis Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Mikal Reid Composer
Richie Supa Composer
John Shipp Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg Composer
Brian Paturalski Engineer
Jodi Marr Composer
Suzie McNeil Composer
PK Pandey Engineer
Steve Kipper Composer
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