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Jordin Sparks [Bonus Track]
     

Jordin Sparks [Bonus Track]

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Partway through the sixth season of American Idol, Jordin Sparks pulled out a heated, melodramatic interpretation of "I (Who Have Nothing)," a riveting performance that helped the spunky teenager pull apart from the bland pack. Until that song, Sparks had seemed like little more than an enthusiastic amateur, a teenager who loved to put on a show, but that

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Partway through the sixth season of American Idol, Jordin Sparks pulled out a heated, melodramatic interpretation of "I (Who Have Nothing)," a riveting performance that helped the spunky teenager pull apart from the bland pack. Until that song, Sparks had seemed like little more than an enthusiastic amateur, a teenager who loved to put on a show, but that rendition of the Ben E. King classic revealed a flair for drama and subsequent weeks revealed that she took direction well, absorbing the judges' criticisms and attempting something a little different with each passing week. This separated her from her two main competitors, the beat-boxing Blake Lewis, whose vocals always took a backseat to his style, and Melinda Doolittle, the former backup vocalist whose reliability was a liability, as she never ever seemed to be challenged. Sparks surprised by living up to those challenges -- she didn't always thrive, but she always strived, so she provided a rooting interest and the one real dramatic story line in a season painfully lacking in any kind of intrigue. She was the one contestant with a character arc, plus she appealed to the show's core constituent of teens because still seemed like a teenager, totally wrapped up the excitement of it all. When she won the title, it was like she was crowned Homecoming Queen. All this makes for fine, not great, reality TV, but everything that made Jordin Sparks succeed on TV works against her on record. That energy, that enthusiasm, that eagerness to perform was all mildly ingratiating when seen on a weekly basis, as it made her relatable, either for the teens who followed her, or for older viewers who saw her as a daughter or a kid sister, but they're all ingredients that make for a pop star with almost no presence. If anything, the familiarity of Idol works against her, as her desperate-to-please persona is so deeply ingrained in her identity that any shift in music on Jordin Sparks can't help but be seen as the work of her producers, not her. To be fair, that's the way a lot of mainstream pop and R&B works, but having Jordin Sparks be so devoted to modern R&B -- equal parts Beyoncé and Rihanna -- feels entirely producer-driven, as Sparks never showed a flair for modern music on American Idol. She always favored the big, brassy numbers, almost never indulging in the sleek sound of modern R&B, even stumbling disastrously on No Doubt's "Hey Baby." Sparks may not have shown flair for this sound, but given her youth and vocal abilities, there almost was no other place to put her: there was a possibility of molding her as a High School Musical wannabe, but that would have been short-sighted, tying her to the moment, whereas an R&B makeover would at least suggest the possibility of a long-term career. Always happy to please, Jordin followed this path and she, as always, is eager enough to perform that she doesn't embarrass herself, yet she doesn't quite feel right singing over such stylized modern tracks. The tracks themselves sound good -- particularly those that crib heavily from early-'80s Prince, as in "Young and in Love" and "Shy Boy" -- but they're crying out a vocalist who would have some fun singing over these beats, somebody who would inject them with some mischief or sexiness instead of just being happy to be here. Jordin never quite sells any of these songs, even when she's belting out big ballads, songs designed to showcase her range but that wind up showcasing her youth, particularly on the ludicrous "Beautiful" rewrite, "God Loves Ugly." She's not a seasoned singer so she never seems to get inside the lyric, she never delivers them with nuance instead of power. This is a problem on the R&B cuts too, but on the ballads -- which take up roughly half of the record -- this flaw is more prominent as she's pushed to the forefront to give the kind of vocal gymnastics that are her comfort zone. On Idol, all this unformed youthfulness was endearing, but on this debut she just seems green, not quite ready for the big leagues she's been pushed into. [BMG's 2008 Japanese edition included one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Tombstone Records
UPC:
4988017657218
catalogNumber:
21591

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Performance Credits

Jordin Sparks   Primary Artist
Cathy Dennis   Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Jeff Bova   Strings
David Frank   Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Stephen Lipson   Guitar
Doug Petty   Organ,Keyboards
Steve Russell   Background Vocals
Ian Dench   Guitar
Emanuel Kiriakou   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Espen Lind   Guitar,Piano
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Andrew Hey   Guitar
Ashley Soan   Drums
Dave Rainger   Guitar
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Corky James   Guitar
Henrik Jonback   Bass,Guitar
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Sherree Ford Brown   Background Vocals
Chau Phan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Producer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Cutfather   Producer
Stephen Lipson   Producer
Robert Smith   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Adam Kagen   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Espen Lind   Instrumentation
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Andrew Wyatt   Vocal Producer
Jon Marius Aareskjold   Engineer
Matty Green   Engineer
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jonas Jeberg   Producer
Linda Keil   Prop Stylist
Doug Fenske   Vocal Engineer
Kana Muramatsu   Contributor

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Jordin Sparks 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am jordin sparks' #1 fan i may be 12 but i still know every little thing about her she rox mine and eveyone elses socks off! i luv you jordin!and not only is she owsome so is her cd it's beautiful, trust me u'll be hooked it makes me want to go out and by it and i know u'll be the same way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
jordin is amazing.. and this is a precursor to an amazing career ahead of her. Its fun, and so like jordin :) i absolutely love this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Tattoo. She's amazing.
Jinny More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS CD. MY FAVORITE SONG IS SHY BOY. I HOPE SHE COMES OUT WITH ANOTHER....
Guest More than 1 year ago
One evening while working on my computer, I decided to listen to some music on line also, and came across one of Jordin's songs, and I just loved it. The next day I bought her CD and since then I have been listening to it on and off. I never get tired of it. Her songs make my ride to work more enjoyable. She has a wonderful soultry voice, and I love her upbeat, meaningful songs. I would recommend her album to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jordin Sparks is totally amazing!!!!! I got the CD the night it came out and i have been listening to it ever since. Her voice is awesome!!! The CD is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jordin Sparks. She has a amazing voice and has great songs. I love every song on the album. I think people can relate to the songs and I look forward to more music from miss jordin sparks. Great work
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jordin Sparks is a terrific singer, and people definitely did not make a mistake of voting for her on American Idol. For as young as she is, about seventeen years old, she's a wonderful singer and I loved this CD. It was upbeat and cheerful and some songs, it was slower and an all-together different beat. What I really loved about this CD was how the songs varied very differently, and had a different beat and overall message in the song. I feel sure that Jordin Sparks will continue to make/sell more albums throughout the years, and get bigger and bigger in popularity. I would definitely recommend her and if you like the pop sound, then you should go out and buy this CD right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am speechless!!! This is way more than I expected. There is not one song on the CD that I would want to skip even at first listen. I have to admit, when tattoo very first came out, I had to play it a couple of times to get hooked, when now it is one of my favorite songs. ...But at first listen to "No Air" I was hooked!!! at first listen of feeze, shy boy, next to you, just for the record...all of them are great! This CD is excellent and is money well spend! I would highly recommend it to anyone! God loves ugly is sooooo pretty and cute, the voice of an angel. And I don't care what anyone else says, but This is My Now still is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No offense to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide, but I think he's just a tad too critical of Jordin and her performance on this album. Sure, she's still relatively new to the whole music scene at the moment, but she still has plenty of talent, and believe it or not, this album shows it. Indeed, she's got a great voice, and she certainly shows that she can put it to good use on such emotionally appealing ballads as "Now You Tell Me" and "This Is My Now." Likewise, her hit tune "Tattoo" is a nice change of pace from everything else I've heard on the radio, considering just how many other songs of the '00s that have hit both the airwaves and music store shelves are full of so much unnecessary anger, despair, and self-pity. Honestly, any song about moving forward is welcome in my book, including this one. Similarly, "One Step At A Time" and "Shy Boy" are upbeat enough to get one's day started, and each of these two songs follows its own unique style on the album, which helps to express Jordin's versatility. My favorite song, however, has got to be "No Air," where she and Chris Brown share a duet that listeners can easily get into the groove of. Overall, then, if you're in the mood for a youthful yet mature sound and not another sob story or rant fest, check this album out for some fresh sounds from an artist who's destined to go places.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not the type of person who listens to hip-hop/pop so much but, once I heard Jordin's outstanding voice... Let's just say there were Sparks in my heart. Now I'm hooked on her and I'm waiting for my paycheck to come in so I can buy her album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This deput release of Season Six of American Idol winner validates why she won the title. She will surely have a successful career ahead of her just like season first with Kelly Clarkson. By the way, I love the dance remix of Tatoo better than the radio edit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this artist especially the song she sing "no air" it extremely followin every heart beats the music follow! i love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is a hit as far as I am concerned but the song that touches me the most is FOR THE RECORD....AWESOME SONG!!!!!!!!!! Jordan kicks some serious azzzzzz. Jimmie Strong Glendale, AZ
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the song tattoo. it like a song you cant get out of your head. your on my heart just like a tattoo! i'l always have you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jordin totally rocks! She is really reall REALLY Great!
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