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Good News

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All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
Lena's second album, Good News, was released not even a year after her first, and just as My Cassette Player was rushed into stores to capitalize on her victorious 2010 Song Contest performance, her sophomore effort was put together just as quickly to coincide with a TV event about the selection of the song she would perform at the 2011 Song Contest to defend her crown. Given the time pressure, the new album's most surprising characteristic is how relaxed it feels -- especially Lena herself, who sounds comfortable and assured, without any indication that she's trying to prove something. Her charm manages to carry an album of pop songs that are as fluffy as pop songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christian Genzel
Lena's second album, Good News, was released not even a year after her first, and just as My Cassette Player was rushed into stores to capitalize on her victorious 2010 Song Contest performance, her sophomore effort was put together just as quickly to coincide with a TV event about the selection of the song she would perform at the 2011 Song Contest to defend her crown. Given the time pressure, the new album's most surprising characteristic is how relaxed it feels -- especially Lena herself, who sounds comfortable and assured, without any indication that she's trying to prove something. Her charm manages to carry an album of pop songs that are as fluffy as pop songs have any right to be: her down-to-earth persona and her unaffected singing -- a refreshing break from the showmanship of technically proficient, but personality-free voices that are so common in the charts -- make Good News an enjoyable and likable listen. The songs were selected from a reported bulk of 600 submissions -- among them contributions from Aloe Blacc "At All" and Judy Garland's grandniece Audra Mae "Good News" and "A Good Day" -- and once more, Stefan Raab helms the production, which is never original or edgy not attributes one would expect from an album like this anyway, but which achieves a warm sound and hints at a sincere love of retro pop, especially on the excellent R&B-tinged numbers "What Happened to Me" and "Mama Told Me." Lena and Raab approach a number of different styles, which sometimes works the piano ballad "Push Forward" and sometimes doesn't Lena's turn as a jazz diva on "Good News" is not utterly convincing. The most memorable track is "Taken by a Stranger," which was also selected as her Song Contest song -- an electronically tinged low-key track with an appealing pulse and an interesting sense of tension. As a pop record for the moment, Good News works like a charm -- and if "Stranger" is any indication of a future direction for Lena, the third album may be something that listeners should absolutely anticipate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2009
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602527626390
  • Catalog Number: 2762639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good News (3:06)
  2. 2 What Happened to Me (3:39)
  3. 3 A Million and One (3:12)
  4. 4 Maybe (3:08)
  5. 5 I Like You (2:51)
  6. 6 Mama Told Me (2:51)
  7. 7 Push Forward (3:37)
  8. 8 A Good Day (3:19)
  9. 9 Taken by a Stranger (3:26)
  10. 10 Teenage Girls (3:14)
  11. 11 That Again (3:03)
  12. 12 At All (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lena Primary Artist
Rüdiger Baldauf Trumpet
Cesar Perez Posaunen
Daniel Schaub Guitar
Birgitta Cello, Background Vocals
Thorsten Skringer Saxophone
Bruno Miller Guitar
Technical Credits
Errol Rennalls Composer
Michael Schwabe Mastering
Nicole Morier Composer
Daniel Schaub Composer
Yacine Azeggagh Composer
Stefan Raab Composer, Producer
Scott Simons Composer
Stavros Ioannou Composer
Pär Lammers Composer
Lena Composer
Gus Seyffert Composer
E. Nathaniel Dawkins III Composer
Johnny McDaid Composer
Audra Mae Composer
Rosi Golan Composer
Viktoria Hansen Composer
Reinhard Schaub Producer
Ferras Alqaisi Composer
Todd Edgar Wright Composer
Lili Tarkow-Reinisch Composer
Monica Birkenes Composer
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