Listen Up!

Listen Up!

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by Haley Reinhart
     
 
The debut album from 2011 American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, 2012's Listen Up! features the singer framed in slick, retro-influenced pop and R&B productions. Working with a handful of pop songwriting and production wizards including Busbee (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry),

Overview

The debut album from 2011 American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, 2012's Listen Up! features the singer framed in slick, retro-influenced pop and R&B productions. Working with a handful of pop songwriting and production wizards including Busbee (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry), Mike Elizondo (Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield), Rob Kleiner, MoZella, and others, Reinhart has delivered a solid set of catchy, dance-oriented cuts that maximize her sexy, playful persona and come off a lot hipper than you'd expect from a major label AmIdol release. Vocally, Reinhart has a cherubically gutsy, deeply resonant vocal sound perfectly suited for these boomy, '60s pop-influenced productions. In that sense, tracks like the punchy leadoff cut "Oh My!," the sultry lil'-diva single "Free," and the equally as swaggering and funky "Liar" are catchy, post-Amy Winehouse dance-soul productions that mix scratchy vinyl-sounding beats, blurty horn sections, driving piano lines, and some sassy backing vocal parts. Elsewhere, we get the pumping Motown-esque "Wasted Tears," the similarly engaging disco anthem "Now That You're Here," and the swoony girl group meets soft rock number "Wonderland." Definitely an ear-grabber, Listen Up! ultimately posits Reinhart as a kind of old-school pinup, a mini-Mariah Carey if she'd grown up listening to a mix of Dusty Springfield, Lisa Stansfield, and En Vogue.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2012
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537002238
catalogNumber:
001678902
Rank:
13299

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Haley Reinhart   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Charlie Gillingham   Strings,Hammond B3
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Chris Seefried   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Mellotron,electronics
Jeff Babko   Keyboards
Curt Schneider   Bass
Jonathan Flaugher   Double Bass
Jonathan Berry   Guitar
Calvin Turner   Bass
Harry Reinhart   Guitar
Chris DeStefano   Background Vocals
James King   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Sterling   Drums
David E. Smith   Saxophone
Busbee   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Sam Johnson   Trumpet
Steve Lu   Strings
TheRealJonSmith   Drums

Technical Credits

Chris Seefried   Producer
Scurry   Producer
Rob Kleiner   Producer,Engineer
Chris Steffen   Drum Engineering
Ed Woolley   Engineer
Chris DeStefano   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chris Soper   Engineer
Ginger Ramsey   Marketing
Rune Westberg   Producer,Instrumentation
Fiona Dearing   Marketing
Busbee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
T. Lawrence   Composer
S. McEwan   Composer
S. Watters   Composer
Seth Atkins Horan   Engineer
Brian Alvarez   Music Business Affairs
David Calderly   Art Direction
TheRealJonSmith   Engineer

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Listen Up! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FelipeN More than 1 year ago
Great album. One of the year's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago