In This Skin [Bonus Tracks & DVD]

In This Skin [Bonus Tracks & DVD]

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by Jessica Simpson
     
 

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Unlike her blonde pop peers Britney and Christina, who've stripped closer to bare with each album, Jessica Simpson has maintained the sexy-yet-virginal image she debuted in 1999 with the saccharine Sweet Kisses. On her third disc, In This Skin, however, Simpson's lyrics have matured, thanks to her recent marriage toSee more details below

Overview

Unlike her blonde pop peers Britney and Christina, who've stripped closer to bare with each album, Jessica Simpson has maintained the sexy-yet-virginal image she debuted in 1999 with the saccharine Sweet Kisses. On her third disc, In This Skin, however, Simpson's lyrics have matured, thanks to her recent marriage to longtime beau Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. Aided by Celine Dion producer Ric Wake, the Dallas native co-wrote most of the disc's 11 songs, and the resulting album is packed with sweet beats, sensual vocals, and an organic vibe not normally found in most contemporary pop recordings. Simpson's newfound confidence reverberates throughout, notably on the self-affirming, Mariah-reminiscent title cut, with its mix of acoustic guitars and airy harmonies, and the Diane Warren–penned "Sweetest Sin," on which Simpson's breathy vocals recall Janet Jackson. While "With You," with its staccato rap beats and subtle strings, and the hip-hop soul-flavored "Loving You" are all about bliss, Simpson maintains her balance with more bittersweet fare. The piano-driven ballad "You Don't Have to Let Go" is a poignant nod to a father letting go of his little girl when she marries, and the equally pained "Underneath" addresses the trials and triumphs of a committed relationship. With In This Skin, Simpson has successfully made the transition from sassy teen phenom to sophisticated pop star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Out of all the teen pop thrushes of the late '90s/early 2000s, Jessica Simpson was perhaps the oddest. Not because she was genuinely strange -- especially compared to Christina or Pink -- but because she never seemed that comfortable with the genre. On her debut, Sweet Kisses, that awkwardness could be written off as first-time jitters, particularly because the album boasted the dynamite single "I Think I'm in Love," which is about as perfect as pop gets. On her second album, Irresistible, her awkwardness could be attributed to either the fabled sophomore slump or the fact that she was being tarted up too much, presented as a sexy tease when she's really just the sweet, curvy girl next door. Now, for her third album, In This Skin, she tones down the trashy club beats and image, staying within the contemporary dance-pop realm while inching toward the middle-of-the-road diva that she's always yearned to be. And that's the key to Simpson and her records -- apart from that brief, brilliant moment on "I Think I'm in Love," she's never seemed like she's wanted to sing pop music. She's somebody who would have been much more comfortable in an era where she could have been produced by Mitch Miller, not somebody who half-heartedly sings moderately stylish, overly calculated dance-pop. Simpson is not a bad singer, and only when she's given a show-stopping ballad in the vein of Celine Dion can she really strut her skills. The heart of In This Skin is in the mature middle of the road, while its sound is still pitched young. Simpson is still a sweet, photogenic girl with a good voice, and in her favor, as she gets further removed from her teens, she will be allowed to do more mature material -- and this CD is a tentative step in that direction. [In This Skin was re-released six months later with two additional tracks -- covers of Robbie Williams' "Angels" and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" -- plus an additional "bonus track" of an acoustic version of "Without You," and a bonus DVD containing 13 minutes of footage from the first season of Newlyweds and her marriage.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969200520
catalogNumber:
92005
Rank:
230896

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Angels  - Jessica Simpson
  2. With You  - Jessica Simpson
  3. Take My Breath Away  - Jessica Simpson
  4. My Way Home  - Jessica Simpson
  5. Sweetest Sin  - Jessica Simpson
  6. I Have Loved You  - Jessica Simpson
  7. Forbidden Fruit  - Jessica Simpson
  8. Everyday See You  - Jessica Simpson
  9. Underneath  - Jessica Simpson
  10. You Don't Have to Let Go  - Jessica Simpson
  11. Loving You  - Jessica Simpson
  12. In This Skin  - Jessica Simpson
  13. Be  - Jessica Simpson
  14. With You  - Jessica Simpson

Disc 2

  1. With You  - Jessica Simpson
  2. Be  - Jessica Simpson
  3. With You (Reprise)  - Jessica Simpson
  4. With You  - Jessica Simpson
  5. My Way Home  - Jessica Simpson
  6. In This Skin  - Jessica Simpson
  7. Be  - Jessica Simpson
  8. Everyday See You  - Jessica Simpson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessica Simpson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Keith Thomas   Bass,Keyboards
Franne Golde   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Eric Kupper   Guitar,Keyboards
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Andy Marvel   Guitar
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Paul Pimsler   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Mann   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Romeo Antonio   Guitar
Carlos Henderson   Bass
Jennifer Karr   Background Vocals
Tommy Harden   Drums
Christopher Rojas   Violin
Trina Harmon   Piano,Strings
Chris Goercke   Acoustic Guitar
James Ginnetti   Keyboards
Kasia Livingston   Background Vocals
Julian Bunetta   Strings
Damon Elliott   Percussion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Franne Golde   Composer,Producer
Greg Barnhill   Composer,Producer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Earl Cohen   Engineer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer
Andy Marvel   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Dave Matthews   Engineer
Rick Wake   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Dan Hetzel   Pro-Tools
Jessica Simpson   Composer
Tom Whitlock   Composer
Billy Mann   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Andrew Williams   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Robbie Williams   Composer
Hooshik   Collage
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Dave Scheuer   Pro-Tools
Craig Young   Composer
Tom Nichols   Composer
Richie Jones   Programming,Producer
Romeo Antonio   Composer
Holly Lamar   Composer,Producer
Denise Rich   Composer
Rob Fusari   Composer,Producer
Nick Lachey   Vocal Arrangements
Lee Mars   Vocal Producer
Pablo Munguia   Vocal Engineer
J.D. Andrew   Pro-Tools
Bart Migal   Engineer
Rich Balmer   Engineer
Jaime Sickora   Vocal Engineer
Neil Devor   Engineer
Christopher Rojas   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Chris Yoakum   Digital Editing,MIDI Tech
David Munk   Vocal Producer
Trina Harmon   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Greg Fitzgerald   Composer,Producer
Kasia Livingston   Composer,Producer
Julian Bunetta   Engineer,String Arrangements
Jason Deere   Composer
Damon Elliott   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Silas Cranfield   Engineer

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