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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
JLS, the second-place runner-up on The X Factor in 2008, come up with a few standout songs on their eponymous album debut, which is otherwise rather bland. The British boy band, comprised of singers Oritsé Williams, Aston Merrygold, Jonathan Gill, and Marvin Humes, is certainly likable. They're cute and charismatic, and they sing well enough. What they lack is songwriting talent. They're credited with writing many of the songs on the album; in fact, most of the album's second half is penned by them and produced by Metrophonic. These songs aren't all that good. The highlights of JLS aren't those songs written by the bandmembers, but rather those written and produced by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
JLS, the second-place runner-up on The X Factor in 2008, come up with a few standout songs on their eponymous album debut, which is otherwise rather bland. The British boy band, comprised of singers Oritsé Williams, Aston Merrygold, Jonathan Gill, and Marvin Humes, is certainly likable. They're cute and charismatic, and they sing well enough. What they lack is songwriting talent. They're credited with writing many of the songs on the album; in fact, most of the album's second half is penned by them and produced by Metrophonic. These songs aren't all that good. The highlights of JLS aren't those songs written by the bandmembers, but rather those written and produced by industry hitmakers. In particular, the songwriting team of Wayne Hector and Steve Mac, perhaps best known for their work with Westlife, contribute a few songs, two of which are great: "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love." The latter is produced by J.R. Rotem, another industry hitmaker who crafted a pair of smash hits from earlier in the year, Iyaz's "Replay" and Jason Derülo's "Whatcha Say," not to mention smash hits from years past such as Rihanna's "S.O.S." and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls." Elsewhere on JLS, R&B singer/songwriter Taio Cruz is credited with co-writing "Keep One" and the veteran Danish duo Soulshock & Karlin are credited with co-writing and producing "One Shot." These two songs, in addition to the aforementioned pair by Hector and Mac, are far and away the best material here. The rest is more or less filler, though JLS fans will take some interest in these other songs because they're written by the bandmembers themselves rather than tailor-made by industry hitmakers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886975645725
  • Catalog Number: 7564572
  • Sales rank: 358,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beat Again (3:19)
  2. 2 Everybody In Love (3:16)
  3. 3 Keep You (3:00)
  4. 4 Crazy For You (3:37)
  5. 5 Heal This Heartbreak (3:44)
  6. 6 Close To You (3:50)
  7. 7 Only Tonight (3:38)
  8. 8 One Shot (3:47)
  9. 9 Private (3:13)
  10. 10 Don't Go (2:53)
  11. 11 Only Making Love (3:46)
  12. 12 Kickstart (3:10)
  13. 13 Tightrope (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
JLS Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Paul Gendler Guitar
Graham Stack Keyboards
Steve Mac Piano, Keyboards
Adam Phillips Guitar
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Paul Meehan Keyboards
Obi Keyboards
Daniel Davidsen Guitar
Jonas Jeberg Keyboards
Tim McEwan Percussion
Ali Tennant Background Vocals
Mich Hansen Percussion
Technical Credits
Chris Braide Composer
Cutfather Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Michael Warren Composer
Sean Hurley Composer, Instrumentation
Karlin Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Dave Arch String Arrangements
Graham Stack Composer, Programming
Steve Mac Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Martin Larsson Programming
James Cruz Mastering
Neil Tucker Engineer
Richard Flack Vocal Engineer
Fraser T. Smith Composer, Producer
Wayne Hector Arranger, Composer, Vocal Producer
Chris Laws Engineer, Pro-Tools
Tim Woodcock Composer
Paul Meehan Composer, Programming
Paul Barry Composer
Brandon White Composer
Obi Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Simon Emmett Cover Photo
J.R. Rotem Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Jamie Scott Composer
Taio Cruz Composer, Producer
Jonas Jeberg Composer, Programming, Producer
Ayak Thiik Composer
DEEKAY Producer
Jonathan Gill Composer
Marvin Humes Composer
Aston Merrygold Composer
Oritsé Williams Composer
Beatriz Artola Engineer
Martin M. Larsson Composer, Instrumentation
Lars H. Jensen Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
C. Schack Composer
Ali Tennant Composer
Dann Pursey Engineer
Mich Hansen Composer
Lars Halvor Jensen Composer
Metrophonic Producer
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