Jojo

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Kid talent show discovery JoJo's self-titled Blackground Records, Da Family-affiliated debut is a slick set of modern R&B in the vein of Brandy or Monica, with plenty of room to introduce its star's bigger-than-you'd-think presence. A bank of producers -- Vincent Herbert, Soulshock, Bink -- provide backgrounds that bump decidedly in the midrange -- there's a conscious effort to keep the focus on JoJo, and not whatever beats are currently making the grade. In other words, her vocals never sound detached from the goings-on behind her, or just a voice chattering over R&B generica. And this is promising, as the young singer really does have a tremendous voice. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Kid talent show discovery JoJo's self-titled Blackground Records, Da Family-affiliated debut is a slick set of modern R&B in the vein of Brandy or Monica, with plenty of room to introduce its star's bigger-than-you'd-think presence. A bank of producers -- Vincent Herbert, Soulshock, Bink -- provide backgrounds that bump decidedly in the midrange -- there's a conscious effort to keep the focus on JoJo, and not whatever beats are currently making the grade. In other words, her vocals never sound detached from the goings-on behind her, or just a voice chattering over R&B generica. And this is promising, as the young singer really does have a tremendous voice. "Breezy" and "Homeboy" multi-track her trills, sulky whispers, and brassy wails over clicky percussion and a mixture of loops and instrumental snippets. Throughout there's talk of sheezies, throwbacks in the mix, cell phones, and the boy next door jilting poor JoJo. But even if the lyrics throughout are pretty interchangeable, vocally there's no doubt in her ability to carry the album, and the lack of irritating skits or attention-hogging guest shots is pretty refreshing. The funky jook of the Reggie and Ronald Burrell production "City Lights" features a few random "JoJo do that thing" drop-ins, but the girl gets right to the bottom of that freaky Beyoncé id, and aligns the cut with fellow standout "Not That Kinda Girl." Lead single "Leave Get Out" doesn't have a lot of staying power, but its guitar figure is a nice touch, and the chorus hits with the right amount of tell-off brashness. There's also a serviceable update of the 1992 SWV hit "Weak," the stripped-down strut of "Yes or No" is that real beat boxing?, and the requisite ballad in "Never Say Goodbye." All in all, JoJo is a strong debut. Its centerpiece is never smothered with collabo pile-ons, and she's served well by the mix of arrangements and backgrounds. She's definitely courting middle-lane accessibility, but she rightly lets her singing do the talking, and that's a signal of where she's headed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Blackground Records
  • UPC: 602498625606
  • Catalog Number: 000267202
  • Sales rank: 101,192

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breezy (3:15)
  2. 2 Baby It's You (3:11)
  3. 3 Not That Kinda Girl (3:27)
  4. 4 The Happy Song (3:59)
  5. 5 Homeboy (3:35)
  6. 6 City Lights (4:54)
  7. 7 Leave (Get Out) (4:02)
  8. 8 Use My Shoulder (3:43)
  9. 9 Never Say Goodbye (3:51)
  10. 10 Weak (4:50)
  11. 11 Keep on Keepin' On (3:15)
  12. 12 Sunshine (3:07)
  13. 13 Yes or No (3:14)
  14. 14 Fairy Tales (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
JoJo Primary Artist, Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Sean Hurley Guitar
Eric D. Jackson Guitar
Technical Credits
T.D. Bell Composer
Reggie Burrell Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Vincent Herbert Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Kelly Holland Composer
B. Morgan Composer
Brian Alexander Morgan Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Philip White Composer
Karlin Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Barry Hankerson Executive Producer
Dexter Simmons Producer
Jomo Hankerson Executive Producer
Dave Russell Engineer
Mike City Producer, Audio Production
Balewa Muhammad Producer
R. Harrell Composer
Eric Schlotzer Engineer
Tre Black Producer
Bink Programming, Producer
G.P. Producer
S. Garrett Composer
Dabling Harward Engineer
Co Stars Producer
Gita Williams Artist Development, Marketing
Francis Graham Engineer
Ronald Burrell Producer
Jill Capone Marketing
Kwamé "K1Mil" Producer
Joanna Levesque Producer
Stacey "Swade" Wade Art Direction
Young Freak Producer
Soulshock & Karlin Audio Production
Balewa Muhammad & Sly Audio Production
The Underdogs Producer, Audio Production
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wasnt bad

    This cd wasnt a bad cd but it was pretty good. I enjoyed alot of the songs she had on her album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HATE IT!!!!!!!!

    Only song that is good is "Leave".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a disappointment!

    I enjoyed the sound clips that I heard of the album so much, that I rushed out to get it! I think that it was an absolute great purchase! Jojo can definitely sing, and the songs are entertaining without sounding too "bubble gum" like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oh nono, jojo

    this was a great cd..it really was. if u like her hit single, leave, then u will love this entire cd...some slow, some fast. its kool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jojo is great !!

    I think jojo is one of the best singers out there write now for her age. Every single song on that album is wonderful and i like all of them! I also have a couple of posters on my bedroom wall of her. I can't wait to get her album! I'm going to get it the first day it comes out. I mean come on now...she's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like JoJo

    JoJo is a great singer. I liked some songs on her cd. Good Job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool!

    JoJo rocks! I think 'City Lights' is one of the best songs on the cd. i think shes the coolest and even my parents like her cd! buy it. it'll be worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great&Greater&Greatest

    awesome for the kinda person I am. Imostly listen to Minor Threat And Green Day, Not preppy Punk stuff. But I Like It.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she's really talented!!!

    she's really good.i just like the fact that there's someone in the industry besides MARIAH CAREY,BEYONCE,AND CHRISTINA AGUILARA that know how to sing.not just based on their looks but their actual talent!!!she's really good an inspiration for me to keep going and to pursue my career!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHES OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JoJO... when you hear shes 13 and a pop singer you think great anthor one, but shes not all that bad i mean to be honest i prefer THE BEATLES/STEPPENWOLF/MERCYME/AND ELVIS but when i heard LEAVE i was like " WOW" BUT EVEN THOUGH I CAN SING AND AM ABOUT HER AGE I THINK SHES OK.......!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    Her songs are awesmome- especially since she wrote them herself! They lyrics are really deep, and the beat for her songs just make you want to dance and sing along!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    terrific

    I loved this album! danceable music, great lyrics, it has it all.keep singing jojo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It has to be about the vocals in this case.

    I heard this girl on the radio only a couple of days ago and I have to admit that I am in love with her voice. Not many young girls can pull off pop, rock AND R&B (which I am a true fan of) Now for some of us, she will have to grow on. Everybody does not feel R&B well. So I find many listeners trying to immediately catergorize her. That will be hard to do this time around people but you can bet her talent does lies in her VOICE. For the first time I feel Christina Aguilera have some competition. Especially near her age, gender and all. Jojo truly deserves to be recognized!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genious .. pure genious

    This CD is absolutely one of the top ones this year.. JoJo has crazy talent for such a young person. Her hypnotizing rhythms and beats along with her hiphop/pop flare make this one of the hottest cDs this year .. check it out! worth the money !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jojo's mojo!!!!

    I cannot begin to say how wonderful this girls voice is!!! At the age of 13 how can anyone doubt that this girl is talented. I love her album...coz i come from england when i first heard LEAVE i was desperate to find her album and get it without hearing the rest of it and all i can say is im not dissapointed. I love nearly all the songs on her album and i pray that in years to come she keeps sending out that message of believing in yourself and your dreams!! All i can say is if you think britney has more talent than this girl you are in serious need of a brain scan!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PURE Talent!

    JoJo Has such an amazing voice, it is so outstanding to think all of this emotion and such a powerful voice is coming out of a kid the age of 13...THIRTEEN!!!! I mean, wow, I really think if you love to sing, dance, or just listen to music, jojo's album is the perfect one...JoJo you are truly amazing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    JoJo is awesome ! She has a amazing, strong voice and I think that she can use her voice for good, not like Britney Spears. She is ....... uh, but JoJo is AWESOME, you should buy her CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    words can't explain

    this cd is so good words can't explin it. everything about jojo is beutiful, her voice, and face. jojois also taking over trl shes either #1,#2,or #3!!! a must buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect

    she's really good i hope she stays this way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JoJo: Alexia's Point of View

    JoJo is awesome! My friend Jenna Palmer introduced me to her and I loved her Leave(get out) music video!Listen to her!

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