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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
James Durbin's latest effort takes a refreshingly honest turn toward pop. It's a marked change considering that Durbin played the role of the rocker during his run on the 2010 season of American Idol. Sure, he had previously fronted the L.A. rock band Hollywood Scars, who covered Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, and Mötley Crüe, but he was no more Axl Rose than Adam Lambert was Freddie Mercury. Nonetheless, Durbin, with his hair spiked and eyes rimmed in kohl, could hit the high notes with enough resonant nasal squelch and stage passion to evince the stock character of the rock star, or at least the Broadway version of one. His post-Idol debut, 2011's Memories of a Beautiful ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
James Durbin's latest effort takes a refreshingly honest turn toward pop. It's a marked change considering that Durbin played the role of the rocker during his run on the 2010 season of American Idol. Sure, he had previously fronted the L.A. rock band Hollywood Scars, who covered Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, and Mötley Crüe, but he was no more Axl Rose than Adam Lambert was Freddie Mercury. Nonetheless, Durbin, with his hair spiked and eyes rimmed in kohl, could hit the high notes with enough resonant nasal squelch and stage passion to evince the stock character of the rock star, or at least the Broadway version of one. His post-Idol debut, 2011's Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, bore this out as it showcased his ability to sell both emo-inflected rock tunes, electronic-infused pop songs, and the occasional, obligatory ballad. Durbin's follow-up, 2014's Celebrate, finds him moving almost completely away from the faux-hard rock of Memories, and embracing a shiny, mainstream pop sound. Produced by Scott "The Ninja" Stevens, who previously contributed to Daughtry's 2013 album Baptized, Celebrate is in all ways a pop record. Cuts like the lead-off "Children Under the Sun," "Parachute" and "Issues" are shimmering, U2-influenced anthems arranged with sparkling guitars, exuberant synths, and in the case of "Issues," a string section. Similarly, cuts like "Fool for You," and "Live Right Now," mix Daniel Powter-esque aphorisms with catchy melodies and a mix of live and programmed drums. In that sense, the album feels a lot more in tune with Durbin's bright, positive-minded persona and huge voice. As he sings on"You Can't Believe," "You Can't believe/What people say about you/You gotta be/Yourself in your own virtue." Ultimately, by letting go of his outer rocker, Durbin is free to embrace his inner pop singer, and the result is definitely something for him to Celebrate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • Label: Wind-Up
  • UPC: 601501335228
  • Catalog Number: 13352
  • Sales rank: 51,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Children Under the Sun (3:57)
  2. 2 Parachute (3:25)
  3. 3 You Can't Believe (3:39)
  4. 4 Issues (4:01)
  5. 5 Fool For You (3:26)
  6. 6 Louder Than a Loaded Gun (3:41)
  7. 7 Live Right Now (3:24)
  8. 8 You're Not Alone (3:53)
  9. 9 Forget It (3:21)
  10. 10 Celebrate (3:40)
  11. 11 Real Love (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Durbin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Andy Stochansky Background Vocals
Isaac Carpenter Guitar
Rune Westberg Synthesizer, Guitar, Drums
Daniel Damico Synthesizer
Ted Bruner Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Holman Synthesizer
Scott "the Ninja" Stevens Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Drum Loop
Matt Copley Guitar
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Tom Reed Music Business Affairs
Andy Stochansky Composer, drum programming
Dave Bassett Composer
Ken Phillips Publicity
Isaac Carpenter Composer
Michelle Lukianovich Art Direction
Robert Campbell Composer
Jacob Hoggard Composer
Dina LaPolt Legal Counsel
Rune Westberg Composer
Daniel Damico String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
John Alicastro Additional Production
BC Jean Composer
Ted Bruner Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Electronic Noise
Stephen Aiello Composer
Tom Lee Executive Producer
Mark Holman Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Loop, Percussion Programming, Drum Engineering, Guitar Producer
Griffin Boice Composer
James Durbin Arranger, Composer, Percussion Programming
Jeffrey Koenig Legal Counsel
Josh Klemme Executive Producer
Conrad Sewell Composer
Sabrina Ment Legal Counsel
Jodi Williams Music Business Affairs
Michael Lauri Additional Production
Scott "the Ninja" Stevens Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Vocal Engineer, Percussion Programming, Drum Engineering, Synthesizer Producer
Michael David Hall Composer
Matt Copley Composer
Jesse Feister Composer
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