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Fever Pitch
     

Fever Pitch

 
Seems like nothing brings the world together like soccer -- er, football. Unless it's music, that is, and Fever Pitch celebrates both with an international cast of arena-ready pop. Kicking off with "Boom," the official World Cup song, from Anastacia, a native New Yorker who's found massive success everywhere else in the world (funny, sounds like soccer -- er,

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Seems like nothing brings the world together like soccer -- er, football. Unless it's music, that is, and Fever Pitch celebrates both with an international cast of arena-ready pop. Kicking off with "Boom," the official World Cup song, from Anastacia, a native New Yorker who's found massive success everywhere else in the world (funny, sounds like soccer -- er, football) the 20 anthems here include calls to sport, spirit, and mayhem from Jennifer Lopez ("Let's Get Loud"), Nelly Furtado ("Party"), and Chayanne ("World of Make Believe"). Glitzy techno-pop -- the Euro of music commerce these days -- is the rule, but the international participants make the party more interesting. There's the Portuguese swing of Nelly Furtado's track, the soulful kwaito house of South Africa's Bongo Maffin, and the high-energy percussive onslaught of "Gol" by Communion, featuring Brazil's funkmaster Carlinhos Brown. Sure, it's an idealized vision of the world presented by FIFA -- everyone sings in English, for one thing -- but with pop from Korea, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Denmark, and beyond, you won't find a more inclusive set of jock rock.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The FIFA World Cup is an international soccer competition that has been held every four years since 1930 (except during World War II) and that in 2002, for the first time, was held in Asia -- South Korea, to be precise. This compilation of tracks by artists from around the world commemorates the match. But just as soccer is a game played by the same rules no matter the nationality of the people playing it, so this collection is devoted to Western-styled pop sung almost exclusively in English, no matter where the performers are from. You might say this is "world music" in the sense that Monaco's annual World Music Awards show defines it, except that they allow for local languages even when the music all sounds like dance-pop. Instead, listeners have here a bunch of performers who range from Celine Dion wannabes like Lara Fabian to people who are doubtless hoping that lightning will strike for them on an international scale, as it has for Los Del Rio and Eiffel 65. A few of the performers have already made their mark in the U.S. -- America's own Jennifer Lopez and Anastacia, as well as Portugal's Nelly Furtado -- but most are unknown stateside. They range from Britain's a1, who turns in some catchy pop
ock in "Let It Out," to Japan's Mondo Grosso, whose "BLZ" recalls the flamenco sound of the Gipsy Kings. Still, the primary style is heavy-handed Euro-disco. Although there is not only an official song but also an official anthem of the game here, little refers specifically to sport, the exception being Love United's "Live for Love United," which is about playing on "the biggest team on earth." But clearly the intention is to expand beyond a mere soccer game into an event.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998663923
catalogNumber:
86639

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Performance Credits

Communion Singers   Track Performer
Toten Hosen   Track Performer
Kodo   Track Performer
Chayanne   Track Performer
Carlinhos Brown   Track Performer
Vangelis   Keyboards
Kim Doo Soo   Track Performer
Mondo Grosso   Track Performer
Mónica Naranjo   Track Performer
Lara Fabian   Track Performer
Jennifer Lopez   Track Performer
Jessica Folcker   Track Performer
Blake Neely   Conductor
Nelly Furtado   Track Performer
Safri Duo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vangelis   Arranger,Producer
Brian West   Composer
Gerald Eaton   Composer
Js16   Remixing
Lew   Arranger
Nelly Furtado   Composer

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