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It's delicious -- though not exactly a surprise -- that take-charge girl Jo Dee Messina helped produce the bulk of this album and contributes mightily to the songwriting. What might raise an eyebrow is the grit, purpose, and bristling energy she brings to the table: This fierce document is the work of an artist who's still hungry and looking for an edge. Messina sets the tone with three hard-driving country-rock tunes that are dense, layered, and roiling, with the common theme of perseverance in the face of daunting personal crises. She takes the diary-like lyrics and scorches them, her soulful belting turning each one into a mission statement confirming her ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It's delicious -- though not exactly a surprise -- that take-charge girl Jo Dee Messina helped produce the bulk of this album and contributes mightily to the songwriting. What might raise an eyebrow is the grit, purpose, and bristling energy she brings to the table: This fierce document is the work of an artist who's still hungry and looking for an edge. Messina sets the tone with three hard-driving country-rock tunes that are dense, layered, and roiling, with the common theme of perseverance in the face of daunting personal crises. She takes the diary-like lyrics and scorches them, her soulful belting turning each one into a mission statement confirming her determination to make a better future for herself. Along the way she allows herself to enjoy living-well-is-the-best-revenge moments at the expense of feckless lovers trying to rekindle long-dead flames, first in the churning "Who's Crying Now" and most scathingly in the swampy groove of the merciless "My Give a Damn's Busted." "I Wear My Life" mutates from a lilting, mid-tempo country ballad into a full-throttle, rocking barnburner, as Messina declaims the self-affirming lyrics with gusto. After all these fireworks, all the torching of insensitive lovers, the album closes on a poignant note with "You Were Just Here," a robust cataloging of old memories, which Messina renders in a voice choked with emotion. Not for the faint of heart, Delicious Surprise shapes a glorious sound out of abject heartbreak.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not counting a Christmas album and a greatest-hits compilation, Jo Dee Messina didn't release an album between 2000's Burn and 2005's Delicious Surprise. Five years is a long, long wait between records, and Messina does what any smart artist should and pretends that the gap doesn't exist by patterning her new album after the prevailing trends in current country music. At the midpoint of the 2000s, the hottest thing around is the Muzik Mafia spearheaded by gonzo country-poppers Big & Rich, whose protégée Gretchen Wilson is the biggest new female country singer of the mid-'90s. Messina uses Wilson, or at least Wilson's rowdy redneck image, as the foundation of her comeback on Delicious Surprise, which is filled with sexy pictures of Messina, starting with her toned stomach on the back cover to a shot of her topless on a white piano in the liner notes for those interested in such things, the poster promised on the back cover is nothing more than the large picture on the fold-out booklet, meaning that if you tack this up on your wall, your CD no longer has a booklet. Wilson's attitude is also apparent on the sassy first single, "My Give a Damn's Busted," which sports not only the funniest lyric here, but also the leanest, liveliest arrangement. That's because, for all of the exterior makeover, Messina pretty much remains the same as she was in 2000: a dynamic, charismatic singer who's good enough to make her professionally crafted Nashville country-pop sound less formulaic than it is, but that doesn't disguise the fact that it's often standard Music City fare. And it's not the songwriting that's a problem -- she gets some of the best professional tunes on the market and her original material here four songs, which is a grand total of a quarter of the album is assured, confessional, and among the best material here -- but it's the production and presentation, which are too safe, predictable, and radio-ready. True, Delicious Surprise is well done, sounding as good as anything in mainstream contemporary country, but as "My Give a Damn's Busted" proves, Messina's already appealing vocals sound better in arrangements that don't rely on soaring choruses and aren't polished til they shine. Not that she sounds bad -- it's just that she doesn't sound as distinctive as she could or should, given that great voice of hers. All things considered, Delicious Surprise is a solid comeback -- after a five-year hiatus, it's simply good to have Jo Dee Messina back -- but the best moments here, whether the aforementioned single or her searching ballad "It Gets Better," are good enough to hold out hope that she releases an album of songs that consistently strong the next time around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187877023
  • Catalog Number: 78770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jo Dee Messina Primary Artist, Vocals
Javier Solís Tambo Drums
Bekka Bramlett Tambourine, Background Vocals, Tambo Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Larry Franklin Mandolin
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Kevin Grantt Bass
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gene Miller Background Vocals, Tambo Drums
Steve Nathan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer, Synthesizer Strings
Russ Pahl Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Jimmy Nichols Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Kim Parent Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Mark Beckett Drums
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Shannon Forest Drums
Aubry Haney Mandolin
Technical Credits
Joe Diffie Composer
Tim McGraw Producer
Derek Bason Engineer
John Bettis Composer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Ken Love Mastering
Mike Reid Composer
Kevin Savigar Composer
George Teren Composer
Chris Farren Composer
Mark Bright Producer, Audio Production
Brett James Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Jo Dee Messina Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Beth Hart Composer
Mark Selby Composer
Shaye Smith Composer
Christi Dannemiller Composer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Shaunna Bolton Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Katrina Elam Composer
Glen Burtnick Composer
Tony Martin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sounds Like Your Give A Damn's Been Fixed Musically, Welcome Home STAR !

    First heard My Give A Damn's Busted and had to pull over on the road the first time I heard it ! I immediately recognized it was JoDee! A product of The Woodstock Generation, I never let go of my roots of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Willie and Walon etc. JoDee, you've really reached out, reached down inside and pulled out what I've always sort of felt wasn't quite your max! WELL LADY. It's out NOW! BIG TIME! I've finally heard what I've felt was comming all along. Gretchin Wilson, what a gal ! You two MUST GET TOGETHER ON A TAKE OR TWO!! It would be like Country Musics Grace Slick and Janis Joplin in a duo ! PLEASE CONSIDER THIS REQUEST! Country Music will never be the same I assure you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one falls short

    I love JoDee's music but this album does nothing for me. Beside's "my give a damn's busted", I didn't find 1 song that I wanted to hear over again. It hasn't been in my player since the 1st day I bought it. I will give it 3 star's simply because I love JoDee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THE SONG MY GIVES A DAMS BUSTED

    I saw her at the colorado state fair and she truly rocked i first saw her in 1996 and got meet her iam so happy that she is doing good i love the song my gives dam busted she has a bright futre ahead of her to all of thoes non belivers out theer wach out she is going to pass you by so fast .joanna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gutsy, kick-@$$ CD!!

    Bought this CD 5 days ago and haven't stoppped listening to it yet! You can hear YEARS of emotion in every song. FABULOUS ALBUM!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way to Go Jo Dee!

    I picked up this CD yesterday, and I love every song on it. Way to go Jo Dee!! Thanks for giving us such great music.

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