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Hurtlovebox
     

Hurtlovebox

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by Mark Ballas
 
Dancing with the Stars regular Mark Ballas, who managed to spend a week on the upper half Billboard album chart (number 98) in March 2009 with BHB, an album by the Ballas Hough Band, jettisons his partner Derek Hough and goes it alone two years later with his solo debut CD HurtLoveBox. On the all-important album

Overview

Dancing with the Stars regular Mark Ballas, who managed to spend a week on the upper half Billboard album chart (number 98) in March 2009 with BHB, an album by the Ballas Hough Band, jettisons his partner Derek Hough and goes it alone two years later with his solo debut CD HurtLoveBox. On the all-important album cover, Ballas seems to be channeling some combination of George Michael and Justin Timberlake, male pop predecessors whose success he no doubt hopes to emulate. Given that he makes his money as a dancer, the first thing to be said is that he can sing, with an adenoidal tenor that he frequently pushes into falsetto. That said, however, he is not a distinctive singer or songwriter, his efforts employing musical and lyrical clichés, as he addresses some female object of his affection (a stand-in for the potential buyer of the album) as "girl" and "baby," and assures her that she's beautiful and that he loves her. This is more Michael than Timberlake territory in that Ballas surprisingly doesn't dip at all into a hip-hop sound, contenting himself to come off like a '90s boy band of one. Maybe it's just as well that he's trying to use Dancing with the Stars as his springboard to stardom, since he wouldn't stand much of a chance on American Idol.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Hit Play
UPC:
0013964385755
catalogNumber:
43857

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Ballas   Primary Artist,Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Chiarelli   Producer,Engineer
Derek Nakamoto   Producer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Micah Wilshire   Vocal Arrangements,Additional Production
Joachim Svare   Composer,Additional Production
Joleen Belle   Composer
Loren Gold   Composer
Anthony Caruso   Engineer
Derek Hough   Composer
Mark Ballas   Composer
Drew Ryan Scott   Composer
Go Getta's   Producer,Additional Production
Scott Leger   Composer
Michael Becker   Producer,Additional Production
Travis Garland   Vocal Arrangements
Shane Anderson   Programming
Bill McCoy   Management
Molly Schoneveld   Media Consultant,Public Relations
Lisa Lafon   Media Consultant,Public Relations
Kenneth Allman   Programming
Jordan Szymanawski   Artwork
Jennifer Shoucair Weaver   Media Consultant,Public Relations
Zac Locke   Legal Advisor
Ty Beal   Engineer
Steve Curliss   Management
Stephen E. Sessa   Legal Advisor
Jordan Szmanowski   Artwork

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Hurtlovebox 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tmusic More than 1 year ago
Mark Ballas has a nice voice, but a nice voice doesn't get ya very far. Unless you are on Dancing with the Stars. His music really goes nowhere. It sounds and feels like I've heard it all before. Rather over done sounds with ok vocals. You might as well listen to old cd's of Scott Baio or John Travolta. Actually you may enjoy those more.
Gigi25 More than 1 year ago
HurtLoveBox proves Mark Ballas is every bit as talented a musician/singer/songwriter as he is a dancer (two-time Dancing With The Stars pro champion). HurtLoveBox is a collection of songs chronicling the joyful, but often stormy and painful path relationships (romantic and otherwise) take. "Done," "Burn Me Alive," and "Regret It" are all songs dealing with the heartache and anger involved when a relationship is over. Mark's honest take on this subject is matched by the conviction and intensity of the music. Especially his vocals. "Done," in particular, has a way of sneaking up and staying with you! "Hotwire" (CD's first single), "Way You Werk," and "Pretty" all have an upbeat, sexy vibe to them. Fun songs! "Light On," "Faith," and "Every Piece" are songs about hope, resolve, and emotional resilience. "Life Happens" (the only song on the CD that Mark didn't write) is a wonderful song that fits seamlessly into this collection. The CD closes with a very poignant song about the devastation of losing someone you love to suicide called "All For Nothing!" Mark has stated publicly he and his family lost his maternal uncle Dave to suicide some years ago. This song is a beautiful reflection on the loss and grief of those left behind after such a tragedy. HurtLoveBox is a musical (his guitar work is amazing!)and lyrical tour de force for Mark. He should be incredibly proud of this album. And while it's given the fans of his dancing will snap this CD up, it would be wonderful to see music lovers everyone check it out! They won't be disappointed!