Justin Guarini

Justin Guarini

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With his self-titled debut, American Idol's first-season heartthrob Justin Guarini proves that nice guys don't always finish last. Sometimes they finish second, which suits the mop-topped singer just fine. On the teen-friendly R&B- and pop-driven disc, it's clear why the charismatic-yet-vocally limited Guarini lost to the…  See more details below

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With his self-titled debut, American Idol's first-season heartthrob Justin Guarini proves that nice guys don't always finish last. Sometimes they finish second, which suits the mop-topped singer just fine. On the teen-friendly R&B- and pop-driven disc, it's clear why the charismatic-yet-vocally limited Guarini lost to the powerhouse pipes of Kelly Clarkson. But with pop legend Clive Davis and veteran producers including Babyface at the helm, Guarini's falsetto is tweaked to new heights. 'Face co-wrote and co-produced several tracks, including the playful, Tyrese-reminiscent single "I Saw Your Face" while Soulshock & Karlin check in with the infectious, Michael Jackson ringer "Sorry." That said, the 23-year-old is glaringly out of his league on a dreadful cover of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (sung flawlessly during American Idol's second season by runner-up Clay Aiken), and "Inner Child" has all the makings of a soccer anthem. Still, the Doylestown, Pennsylvania, native redeems himself on two winning Babyface ballads -- the Brian McKnight–penned "Condition of My Heart and "Thinking of You," co-written by Justin Timberlake. Wisely, the disc closes with "Timeless," a dynamic duet with Clarkson -- readying fans for their forthcoming movie musical, From Justin to Kelly. With American Idol's popularity still soaring, this record is Justin time.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Arriving a discreet amount of time after American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's chart-topping debut, Thankful, and just before the release of their movie, From Justin to Kelly, Justin Guarini's self-titled album is, at the very least, positioned for almost certain success on a massive scale. Fortunately, though, Justin Guarini has more than just marketing and calculation going for it -- much like Thankful, the album is much better than might be expected, providing a smooth transition from his AmIdol roots into more adventurous musical territory. Of course, "adventurous" is a relative term when it comes to crafting an album that must appeal to as many different types of people as possible. At times, it just means putting a crunchy, slightly urban beat behind his signature American Idol songs like "Unchained Melody" and "Get Here" to give them a bit of an "edge" without straying too far from mainstream pop territory. But considering that RCA could probably sell millions of copies of an album that featured nothing but songs like these, the musical risks that Guarini does take are welcome and work surprisingly well. Most of the album takes its cue from urban and teen pop; indeed, songs like "Be a Heartbreaker," "I Saw Your Face," and "Thinking of You" mix those styles so seamlessly that they suggest what Justin Timberlake's Justified might've sounded like if he'd had a less forward-thinking production team than the Neptunes at the helm. Likewise, Justin Guarini's most progressive-sounding tracks, such as "Sorry," recall the futuristic spin on Michael Jackson's Off the Wall that the other Justin's album offered. Though it nods to Latin pop with "One Heart Too Many," the majority of the album sticks to an urban/teen pop/mainstream pop fusion that plays to Guarini's strengths as a performer and a persona, which is a savvy decision by the people behind American Idol. Along with its similarities to the variety shows of the '60s and '70s, the series' star-making process recalls old Hollywood's star system, where teams of experts would mold promising newcomers into archetypal performers, refining everything from their looks to the way they walked and talked. American Idol's team cast Kelly Clarkson as the girl next door who occasionally takes a walk on the wild side, and Guarini has been cast as a relatively chaste sex symbol. Granted, this role has been around since pop music's infancy, but on Justin Guarini the singer occasionally seems overly confined by it, particularly on the limp ballad "Condition of My Heart" and the album's low point, the cloyingly up-tempo "Inner Child." It's a little strange that Guarini's sex appeal is curtailed as much as it is, since he was generally considered the sexiest (or at least, most conventionally sexy) of the finalists, and also since Thankful made a point of emphasizing Clarkson's sexiness in a classy way. When Guarini does get to let loose, it makes for some of the album's best moments, such as "Doin' Things (We're Not Supposed to Do)," a sultry song that sounds both appropriate for a pop star in his early twenties to sing and for his preteen fans to hear; "If You Wanna" is a tougher, more urban-flavored song that is all the more promising because Guarini co-wrote it. In the end, this album isn't as surprising or diverse a debut as Thankful was, but its solid quality proves that the forces behind American Idol want their winners to make good pop albums, as opposed to one mega-hit single backed by 11 throwaway tracks. Justin Guarini might be calculated, but it's not cynical.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0078636818825
catalogNumber:
68188
Rank:
319664

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Guarini   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
David Frank   Drums,Keyboards
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Steve Pearce   Bass Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
John Pierce   Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar (Nylon String)
Gavyn Wright   Strings
Sean Hurley   Bass
Dave Arch   Keyboards
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Eric Dawkins   Background Vocals
Tony Dixon   Keyboards
Manuel Lopez   Guitar (Nylon String)
Nancy Anderson   Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Keyboards
Stockholm Session Orchestra   Strings
Eric D. Jackson   Guitar
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Nate Butler   Background Vocals
Tuff Singers   Background Vocals
Janson & Janson   Conductor
Oscar Merner   Guitar (Nylon String)
Party Man   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bag   Arranger
Steve Kipner   Vocal Arrangements
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
David Frank   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Producer
Bob Rosa   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer
Karlin   Arranger
Dave Arch   Orchestral Arrangements
Matt Howe   Engineer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Joe Yannece   Mastering
Steve Mac   Producer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Wade Robson   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming,Pro-Tools
Damon Sharpe   Producer,Engineer
Kelly Clarkson   Duet
Juan Cristobal Losada   Engineer
Peer Astrom   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Nate Butler   Vocal Arrangements
Havana Hustlers   Programming
Janson & Janson   String Arrangements
Underdogs   Producer

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Justin Guarini 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so surprised at the album Justin has put out. It has everything, R&B, POP, Latin, love songs and a new edition of Get Here and Unchained Melody. You will love every song! Pick it up, and one for your friend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis album couldnt have been greater as a debut album it has everything! The songs are great! Listen to some at pickthehits.com! everyone needs to buy this album when it is out JUNE 10th! you wont regret it woot woot!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Guarini has out done himself with the release of this sensual, soulful masterpiece. This CD has a little something for everyone! The songs are each delivered withthe passion that only Justin Guarini can produce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been able to hear a lot of tracks because of pickthehits.com and I am BLOWN AWAY!!! If you thought he was good (or even OK) during American Idol... you will be incredibly surprised! "Sorry" is an amazing song, "I Saw Your Face" is beautiful and sexy, even "Get Here" has gotten a bit of a face lift and surpasses any other rendition, Justin's or anyone elses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His self-titled CD contains some of the most soulful, soothing and sensual songs I have ever heard. Justin knows how to work a song to his own advantage and the result is something that won't soon be forgotten. In fact you want to replay it over and over. Watch this young man shoot straight to the stars and beyond!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard tracks from this upcoming album. My only challenge is to figure out which one I love the most. They are all hits. I think you're going to be surprised!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that J's album is coming out next week. All the songs are wonderful and he sounds fantastic. I think everyone will be surprised. Sorry and OHTM are my favorite but the rest could very well be hits too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had a chance to hear several tracks off his upcoming debut album and it is FABULOUS! Justin Guarini has produced a STUNNING album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
was surprised with his music style and singing when I checked sample of his songs! I particularly love I Saw Your Face (totally goes with his sultry singing voice); Be a HeartBreaker, Sorry and One Heart Too Many. check them out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! what a surprise this album is. i was expecting loads of AI cheese on this album, but it is far from it. It has a great R&B vibe to it, there is even a bit of latin thrown in! "I saw your face" is like butta baby!! sooo smoooooooth, you want to melt! You will be very surprised with this cd, so check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing tracks !! The CD isn't out yet but I got to hear a few tracks from pickthehits.com. And so far, I'm impressed! It wasn't what I expected. I thought the album will be all about POP and cheesy songs I've heard from the show. But no, not at all. I love the soulful, R&B vibe in Justin Guarini's new songs I Saw Your Face and Heartbreaker. I also love One Heart Too Many which has a latin beat. The song Sorry is so wild and edgy and the vocals are amazing. I even love the new version of Get Here. I can't wait to get the CD and hear the rest of the songs !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long wait, Justin's CD has FINALLY arrived. Great stuff! I've heard several tracks from pickthehits. Although Justin tackles different genres, he retains his distinctive style. These tracks allow Justin to showcase his incredible voice. He has incredible phrasing/timing and a hypnotic voice. "Sorry" is deliciously original. Very interesting background beat, great intro, nice "mood building" throughout the song...Great bridge. I NEVER get tired on this song! Also, love the "message". On "One Heart too Many", Justin experiments with the Latin flavor. Very sensual. Nice rhythm. Catchy beat and lyrics. Justin shows that "vulnerability" prevalent in the popular Latin artists. I absolutely LOVE "I Saw Your Face". SO sensual. Love the studio effect (echo). So effective! Nice sultry background beat. Great R&B vibe. Both "Be a Heartbreaker" and "How Will I Know" are so romantic. You just melt listening to these two songs. Wow! A guy who understands women! Thank you! A guy who knows exactly what women want to hear! His two cover tracks, "Get Here" and "Unchained Melody" are quite beautiful..you will treasure these two tracks. This version of "Get Here" is totally different than any of Justin's previous versions. This version is very low-key, very soulful. I love his harmonizing in "Unchained Melody". You hear it, but it's very subtle. Quite beautiful. Soothing. It draws you in...Has a "floating" quality. His "Inner Child" can simply be defined as fun and joyful. It's a taste of absolute freedom. It may not quite "fit" with the style of some of the other tracks, but he does give it his "Justin touch". Justin has a very distinctive voice and a personal style, so he makes each song his own. I really can't wait to hear the rest of his CD. Love how he commits to each song and puts part of himself in each interpretation. Justin Guarini is definitely an "original." I'm looking forward to following him throughout his career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only heard about eight of the songs all the way through and love them all. Everytime I think I have decided on a favorite song I hear a new song from the CD and I change my mind. Those who watched Justin on American Idol will be pleasantly surpised by this CD. The music on this CD is amazing, it has something for everyone. Justin Guarini should be really proud of all his hard work on this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a breath of fresh air for the music industry! Justin Guarini may have lost the American Idol "crown" to Miss Clarkson, but he WINS with this CD!! Sorry is a very unique song, One Heart Too Many gives off a Latin vibe and Inner Child is a fun, "throw your hands in the air" kind of song. There are three remakes, Get Here, the song that made Justin a household name, gets a different mix, Inner Child, and Unchained Melody. There is something for everyone on this debut album, pop, soul, R&B, Latin and good ol' fun! This CD is gonna be a HIT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a great surprise from the curly haired hottie from the first American Idol. Let's just say I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! It has a little of everything.... R&B,pop ballads, Hip Hop, and even some latin flavor. Let's just say it has a very smooth sexy sound... and don't be surprised if you see most of these songs become hits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing album from an amazing singer. A must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic cd. The music, the lyrics and Justin's voice all make it work. I was anxiously awaiting to see what his first CD would sound like and I am very IMPRESSED. This guy has some talent and the diversity of his taste of music is present as well. A musician who can tackle something that everyone will love has to be appreciated. I'm THANKFUL that June 10th is just around the corner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard some of the tracks from this CD and they are really good! Can't wait to buy this CD on June 10th! You won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Color me impressed. This guy has delivered the goods. I've heard 9 full tracks at Pick the Hits and parts of the remaining 4 at another site. Although the album offers diversity, when the songs are heard in succession, it makes for a cohesive listening experience. Guarini's distinctive voice is soulful, sometimes seductive, and layered with a pleasing vocal finesse. Another one of the pleasures of listening to Guarini is his innate ability to meaningfully deliver each song's lyrics. It's an intangible quality that separates good singers from the exceptional. Stand outs are the sensuous "I Saw Your Face", the intriguingly different "Sorry", the Latin flavored "One Heart Too Many", and the emotional "How Will I Know". Bottom line: The guy is impressive and the CD is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Justin Justin ~~ I was really excited to hear the rest of your CD after watching your sing 'I Saw Your Face' on American Idol. I was alittle disappointed at the material they choose for Kelly Clarkson's CD, and was truly hoping your song selection would be much better. I am not disappointed. Some of the tracks on Kelly's CD you really hear that amazing voice she has but some are way too commercial for me and I felt cheated and sad because her voice stands in merit on it's own. Hopefully, her next CD Clive Davis will dig alittle deeper into the song selection to really show case her voice. Please Clive let her fly, her talent is something we haven't seen since the old Whitney or Mariah before they sold out. Enough said about Kelly--- Justin I am so totally blown away by this CD. The collaboration with Babyface, Brian McKnight and Justin Timberlake unbelievable. The songs drew out your voice and talent. You will definitely not fall victim to the 'One Hit' wonder syndrom if you continue on this path. Keep stretching that voice but please don't sell out. I have to say that the only track I didn't like was the remake of Unchained Melody but hey I never really cared for that song anyway. I look forward to your next CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I'm from Doylestown, home of Pink and Justin Guarini. When his CD came out on the 10th, I was second in line; I couldn't wait to get Justin's album. However, I purchased it solely for that reason; it's JUSTIN's album. When I popped it into my CD player, I was pleasantly surprised; it's really good. Guarini proves that his Idol success wasn't a fluke; his self titled album has hints of R & B, pop, jazz and rap. He takes on classic hits and new songs bound to become chart toppers. When Justin's 2nd album comes out, I'll be sure to be in line, and not because he's from Doylestown. Justin is a true talent. I highly recommend this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion Justin has the same beat (tempo) to about 8 of the 13 songs on the album. The album has a lot of R&B and some ballots. The album's best songs are "Inner Child", "If You Wanna", and "Timeless". The entire album is taking him out of the bubble gum (american idol) style because of the R&B on the album. The songs like "Unchained Melody", and "Get Here" do not mix well with the R&B style of the rest of the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very strong debut from Justin Guarini, the runner up from the first American Idol. There are various styles, R&B, pop and Latin. One Heart Too Many - Has a great Latin vibe with Spanish guitar. It's a nice, mellow song with a great melody. I Saw Your Face - A very sensual song with an R&B flavor. Should be a single Be a Heartbreaker - Sexy, R&B style with soft vocals. Unchained Melody - Strong vocals and heartfelt, but this song has been covered to death. Sorry - The first single from this debut. Strong drum beat opens up this unique song, great vocals and interesting. How Will You Know - Nice ballad with soft vocals, R&B style. Inner Child - Fun, pop gem with Justin sounding like he's having a blast! Condition of My Heart - Written by Brian McKnight, this is a pretty R&B ballad. Doin Things (We're Not Supposed To) - Sexy, old school style with very adult lyrics. If You Wanna - Funky beats throughout this one, Justin had a hand in co-writing also. Fun, party type song. Thinking of You - Co-written by Justin Timberlake, this one is very pretty and soft, nice vocals, Justin shines on this one. Get Here - Brand new version of the song that showed Justin's abilities to the TV watchers all across the world, nice, understated vocal too. Timeless (duet with Kelly Clarkson) - The main duet from the movie, From Justin to Kelly, this is a nice song, but there are times when Kelly overpowers Justin with her loud vocals, while he sings soft and smoothly. This is worth getting, you will be pleasantly surprised
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised when I heard this album. After listening to Kelly I was waiting for Justin to come out and blow me away. Now that I heard the cd I found that his voice didnt ring through, most of the songs seemed the same. He has the potential to be a great singer but really, this cd left me disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When he wrote that song "sorry" he really meant to say that he was sorry for singing all these songs