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by JoJo

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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


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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Blackground Records

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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
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
Underdogs   Producer,Audio Production

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Jojo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its ok but all her songs sound the same! Its like lisining to a broken record. I only like the song leave (get out) so if you won't thate song buy a single or somthing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JoJo is a great singer. I liked some songs on her cd. Good Job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
JoJo is awesome! My friend Jenna Palmer introduced me to her and I loved her Leave(get out) music video!Listen to her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
she's really good i hope she stays this way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jojo's cd was an apsolute PERFECTION. I totally cant wait untill she comes out with some new songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have heard JoJo, you would know that shes AWESOME!!!! I just really hope she doesnt turn out like Britney Spears. hehe. Her song Leave (Get Out) is pure girl power. You go JoJo!!! Buy the album!!!!!!!!!!!! (why? cuz' i said so.)jk I am pure rock, but i love this pop gal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only song that is good is "Leave".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jojo has spectacular vocal chourds for a person her age! This a must CD for everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lungs of steel. That 14 year old girl can belt it out. Her songs are amazing! She is my idol. Her message is to reach for your dreams and obviously she did because she came out with a single and a album at the top of the charts at the age of 13 now 14! My favorites on her cd are the hit "Weak", the ballad "Never Say Goodbye", "City Lights", "Breezy", "Fairy Tales", and "Get Out" but still...the rest are wonderful too. I highly think you should consider buying this. It's in my cd player blasting, on my headphones rockin..anywhere i listen to her. I hope she comes out with a new album soon Its worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is sooooo good for just a 14 year old. She has done and excellent job on her 1st cd My favorite songs from Jojo are breezy, city lights, homeboy and leave(get out
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's nothing to say about this girl except she rocks! I'm 12 and I want to be a singer. She's 13 and she made it happen! All I really have to say is Good Job JoJo and Way to show girl power!
Guest More than 1 year ago
awesome for the kinda person I am. Imostly listen to Minor Threat And Green Day, Not preppy Punk stuff. But I Like It.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got JoJo's new cd and I must say that it's truly amazing to hear. My favorite songs on the track are Leave(Get Out), Never Say Goodbye, Weak, and Yes and No. Her songs on it are mostly R&B. Trust me she's no Britney!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jojo's cd is great.I love it.It doesnt really matter if it sounds the same at least it hit number 1 on the charts.Good job Jojo. Keep it up.Hope you make another album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.......!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since someone in R&B(Pop) surfaced with more than average vocal abilities. It's good to see it happen again. With the self-titled album having at least 10 minimum (of 14) solid songs, it's very low on album filler. It's very much an album worth buying, good debut for a new artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly dynamic singer who is not afraid to belt out her music and show a wide range of genres and vocals from soul, R&B, reggae, hip hop, rock and sensational pop. Although only 13, she has a presence and professionalism of someone much older (she has been performing most of her life). Besides that, she wrote several of the songs herself. A truly talented singing sensation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow i can't believe that this girl is only 13...i mean i am 13! she is so talented and her voice is so amazing and beautiful. she really inspires me and my friends to start singing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.