Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

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by Mandy Moore

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On her surprisingly sophisticated-sounding sophomore disc, teen dream Mandy Moore takes more than a few cues from Christina Aguilera. She opens with "In My Pocket," a thumping, Middle Eastern-inspired dance track suggesting that Moore is as willing to barter for affection as the Pepsi queen was on "Genie in a Bottle." While


On her surprisingly sophisticated-sounding sophomore disc, teen dream Mandy Moore takes more than a few cues from Christina Aguilera. She opens with "In My Pocket," a thumping, Middle Eastern-inspired dance track suggesting that Moore is as willing to barter for affection as the Pepsi queen was on "Genie in a Bottle." While Aguilera sang "If you wanna be with me/Baby, there's a price to pay," Moore makes it clear that she'd rather buy than sell, with lines like "Tell me how much for your love?" Miss Mandy, however, hasn't lost all of her wholesome virtues. The wide-eyed blonde is still saccharine sweet on the lush, drum-'n'-bass-accented ballad "Saturate Me" and the cutesy mid-tempo tunes "Crush" and "You Remind Me." Lest we forgot, the junior torch song "17" gently reminds us that Moore is "only 17." On that same song, she sweetly sings with the conviction of a Janet Jackson-in-training that she's "living in the moment, keeping my heart open." And if Moore follows the footsteps of dance-pop divas like Janet and Madonna and continues to live by those simple ideals, she'll go far.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Never let it be said that Mandy Moore, her label, and team of producers didn't work it. Once So Real failed to make headway, they retooled it as the "special edition" I Wanna Be with You, which wasn't a real hit, but it was a step in the right direction. Then, with her official second album, they finally got the formula right. Mandy Moore manages to pack more hooks, melody, beats, clever production flourishes, and fun into its 13 tracks than nearly all of its peers -- remarkably, it's a stronger album, through and through, than either of Britney's first two albums or Christina's record. That doesn't mean that it has singles as strong as those albums; even if the surging "In My Pocket," the faux-sitar spiked "You Remind Me," and hip-hop ballad "Saturate Me" are all fine tunes, meant to be played on the radio, they aren't as distinctive as ."..Baby One More Time" or "Genie in a Bottle." Also, although Moore isn't a bad singer, she's not particularly charismatic, and the production team isn't as gaudily, enjoyably crass as Max Martin. So, why is Mandy Moore such a good record? Because of consistency. This may not hit tremendous heights, yet everybody involved is working so hard that they've managed to come up with a record that's consistently satisfying. It doesn't stretch the teen pop formula much, just enough to give the record character, and Moore delivers the songs sturdily, never taking the forefront, but blending into the lush, layered production, so the music just rolls forth as a whole. And that whole sounds great -- immaculately crafted, precisely polished, exactly what a teen pop album should be. Of course, it would have been greater if a couple of the songs were genuine knockouts, but usually this genre sacrifices consistency for dizzying peaks and it's refreshing to hear a teen pop record that plays like a record, instead of singles-n-filler.

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Sony Mod - Afw Line

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mandy Moore   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matthew Gerrard   Drums,Keyboards
Julie Rogers   Violin
Tommy Anthony   Background Vocals
Anne Preven   Background Vocals
Danny Simon   Background Vocals
Jenifer J. Freebairn   Vocals
Timothy Loo   Cello
Matthew Hager   Guitar,Keyboards
Brett Banducci   Viola

Technical Credits

Scott Cutler   Producer,Engineer
Tim Mitchell   Producer
Ken Ross   Producer
Julie Rogers   String Arrangements
Randall Barlow   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Todd Chapman   Arranger,Producer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Alexis Dufresne   Producer,Engineer
Dave Reed   Engineer
David McPherson   Executive Producer
Matthew Hager   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Steve Hallmark   Engineer

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Mandy Moore 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandy Moore's first album included some enjoyable and upbeat pop music with catchy hooks that were easy to dance to. But her second album shows that she's matured beyond the sugary pop music. She has created a sound that is unique on this album, rather than one that can easily be compared to that of all the other blonde teenage pop stars. Many songs have a definite rock sound to them, such as ''In My Pocket,'' and ''One Sided Love.'' But her voice sounds even better than it did when she recorded her debut album, so the pop songs on the album sound more mature and distinctive. ''Crush,'' and ''Saturate Me'' are two of the stand-out pop tunes. In addition to everything else, Moore contributed her own songwriting talents to the album with ''When I Talk To You,'' which is a pleasing and emotional ballad. This album is totally listenable and is different from what you normally get from young pop singers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandy did seemed to improve alot since her album So Real and she sounded better and more mature. In My Pocket is a song that should not be missed if you like pop music. The first 6 songs were awesome though some songs that came later were a bit boring to listen to. Overall the songs were fantastic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good CD, better than Britney. In My Pocket **** Possibly the best song on the CD, it has a cool Middle Eastern sound to it. You Remind Me ***1/2 Another Middle Eastern song, it has a good beat to it. Saturate Me *** This song has weird lyrics but is really good. One Sided Love ***1/2 The last of the Asian songs, this sounds a little like ''In My Pocket'' and it's really good 17 **1/2 A not bad song but a little too slow. Cry **** Awesome song! It has a good beat, not too slow or fast, and it's one of the best songs. Crush *** Not bad, another song about secret feelings. It Only Took A Minute **** Awesome song has a country twist to it. Turn The Clock Around ***1/2 Good song about one night of partying then the dude leaving. Yo-yo **** Longish but worth it! One of the best songs on the cd. From Loving You **1/2 Not bad ballad, written by Diane Warren (Gee, it seems like she's writing for everyone!) Split Chick *** Good song, but has verses that don't have anything to do with the chorus. When I Talk To You **** Slow but really good song, co-written by Mandy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am really impressed by Mandy Moore and her work... its like when the first man landed on the Moon.. Mandy Moore has done it.. this album contributes the most delicate and extroadinary songs ever. I am really loving her voice.. it sounds so spicy energetic and fierce. Mandy Moore has set a new goal! Her first album ''So Real'' was great but too bubbly! It kind of got its way thru my ears and out my ears... but The self titled album stays in my head.. no matter how many other songs i play ''Crush: will always be on my mind! and the rock upbeat song ''One Sided Love'' is totally amazing... she sounds so fierce and strong and gives me the jibbers when i listen to it! Mandy keep up teh good work! You know you can overcome BRITNEY SPEARS AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA! GO GIRL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the song crush is really cool. It is my favortie song!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d. rules! It is the best in the whole wide world. Mandy really kicks it in in this c.d.! Goooooo Mandy! You rule girl! Totally cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD! I wasn't really a Mandy Moore fan, but I saw ''A Walk To Remember'' and I decided to buy her new album, and I love it! A lot of songs have a Middle Eastern-Asian inspiration, and the way she mixes the exotic sounds with pop sounds is really cool. My favorite song are ''You Remind Me'', ''One Sided Love'', ''17'', and ''Yo-yo'', but none of the songs are so bad you have to skip them. This is one of the CDs that you can listen to the whole way through, and keep on repeat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think she sings better than Britney Spears. I wish I could be like her. >>thank me later!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems mandy moore has grown up so much since her first album. This shows a more mature approach and she deserves a round of applause for such a good album
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is so bad. I bought this cd thinking it would be good like her previous two, but I was clearly mistaken. From the horrific In My Pocket to the equally bad Saturate Me, this is an altogether dissapointing cd. I reccomend you not to buy this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandy's voice has come a long way and this CD shows that is has, and also that her voice is still improving. Her songs are very relateable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandy Moore is the BEST! She is so realistic, plus she has a great voice. None of these songs are boring to listen to, especially "In My Pocket" (Best song ever) Buy this album! You won't be dissapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm a huge mandy moore fan. i've listened to this cd a million times. all the songs are catchy and fun. mandy has a beautiful voice. i love the song "cry". buy this cd--you won't be disappointed!
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