Lovestrong [Enhanced]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Christina Perri found herself bearing the complex weight of a surprise platinum-selling hit in 2010 with the bare-bones break-up ballad "Jar of Hearts." Her performance of the track on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance landed her a contract with Atlantic Records, and with that, the pressures of eking out a quality, full-length debut in time to capitalize on her overnight success (listeners who picked up the rushed, 2010 Ocean Way Sessions EP will find most of the cuts here in attendance). Luckily, the tracks that make up Lovestrong, are cut from the same cloth as her signature hit. Songs like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Christina Perri found herself bearing the complex weight of a surprise platinum-selling hit in 2010 with the bare-bones break-up ballad "Jar of Hearts." Her performance of the track on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance landed her a contract with Atlantic Records, and with that, the pressures of eking out a quality, full-length debut in time to capitalize on her overnight success (listeners who picked up the rushed, 2010 Ocean Way Sessions EP will find most of the cuts here in attendance). Luckily, the tracks that make up Lovestrong, are cut from the same cloth as her signature hit. Songs like "Bluebird," "Arms," "Sad Song," and "Black + Blue," the latter of which feels like an update on events post"-Jar of Hearts," find Perri in her comfort zone, trading barbs with past lovers over melodies spawned from countless hours listening to Brandi Carlile's "The Story," Radiohead's "Creep," and Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul?" It's a formula she rarely deviates from, and at 15 cuts, the endless soul searching and constant barrage of wine glass-gazing, post-relationship, magnetic poetry can get a bit thin, but her pleasant, even-handed voice and gifts for using familiar melodies in new and surprising ways (witness the countless YouTube mash-ups of "Jar of Hearts" and Beyonce's "Halo") helps to keep Lovestrong from sinking itself, no matter how much its author wishes for the cold comfort of deep waters. [An Enhanced version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678763250
  • Catalog Number: 531169
  • Sales rank: 3,163

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluebird (3:49)
  2. 2 Arms (4:21)
  3. 3 Bang Bang Bang (3:05)
  4. 4 Distance (3:56)
  5. 5 Jar of Hearts (4:07)
  6. 6 Mine (3:33)
  7. 7 Interlude (0:50)
  8. 8 Penguin (4:36)
  9. 9 Miles (4:04)
  10. 10 The Lonely (3:53)
  11. 11 Sad Song (4:29)
  12. 12 Tragedy (4:42)
  13. 13 Distance (3:57)
  14. 14 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christina Perri Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lili Haydn Violin, Viola
Victor Indrizzo Percussion
Drew Lawrence Piano
Lyle Workman Electric Guitar
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Mandocello, Hi String Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Tenor)
Oliver Kraus Cello
Martin Christopher Violin, Viola
Zac Rae Accordion, Keyboards
Patrick Park Background Vocals
David Hodges Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker
Jenni Tarma Bass
Bruce Carver Percussion
John Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mandocello, Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
David Schwerkolt Background Vocals
Jake Peters Cello
Elmo Lovano Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Technical Credits
David Campbell Orchestration, String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Greg Kurstin Composer
Drew Lawrence Composer
Mike Daly Vocal Arrangements
Lars Fox Engineer
Dane Venable Marketing
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
David Hodges Composer, Programming, Vocal Arrangements, Additional Production
Nick Perri Composer
Wesley Seidman Engineer
Graham Hope Engineer
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
John Anderson Composer
Geoff Neal Engineer
Christina Perri Composer
Barrett Yeretsian Composer, Producer, Engineer
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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    It's hard to find a proper description of Christina Perri's musi

    It's hard to find a proper description of Christina Perri's music. For
    simplicity's sake, she is generally categorized under pop, but her music
    is far from your average pop offering. Her songs are unusually
    intricate, both lyrically and otherwise, and she radiates a sort of
    independent sincerity that is sorely lacking in the industry today. Her
    songs are blunt, honest and easy to relate to. Her voice is both lovely
    and raw, sometimes aching. She wrote or co-wrote every song on
    "Lovestrong", and the album is better for it. Highlights
    include the radio hit "Jar of Hearts", "Arms",
    "Bang Bang Bang" and the unique "Penguin".

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