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Me
     

Me

by Jo Dee Messina
 
It's not like Jo Dee Messina hasn't taken time off before. Other than a holiday album, A Joyful Noise, which appeared in 2002, it was five years of silence between 2000's Burn and 2005's Delicious Surprise, and after that it was another five years before Unmistakable, which appeared in

Overview

It's not like Jo Dee Messina hasn't taken time off before. Other than a holiday album, A Joyful Noise, which appeared in 2002, it was five years of silence between 2000's Burn and 2005's Delicious Surprise, and after that it was another five years before Unmistakable, which appeared in three EP installments in 2010. So Me, showing up early in 2014, just four years removed from the Unmistakable EPs, at least betters the pattern by a year. More importantly, it's her first release since her 17-year contract with Curb Records ended in 2012. Me was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and released by Messina's own newly founded label Dreambound Records, so it's her baby all the way, affording her the kind of creative freedom Curb is hardly known for giving its artists (former labelmate Hank Williams III, whose relationship with Curb was never less than tense and testy, comes immediately to mind). Now that Messina has complete control of her career, in and out of the recording studio, what has she come up with? Well, Me is pretty much made up of what she's always done, a smooth mix of contemporary Nashville country and pure adult pop that rises a notch or two above the mere formulaic because of Messina's feisty attitude and powerful voice. True, there are more rock touches to some of the songs, and there are plenty of snarling, big-sounding electric guitars on these tracks, and a couple of songs like the funk pop "Take It" or the pure pop "He's Messed Up" have no country elements at all, but then none of these would sound too much out of place on a 21st century contemporary country station, either. Arguably two of the best songs, "Love on a Maybe" and "Breakin' It Down," are in the emotional and confessional mode of Taylor Swift, say, but with a little bit more rough edge and grit. "Peace Sign" might not be a great song, but it's affecting and memorable, mostly because of the kiss-off refrain "one finger shy of a peace sign," and the lead single, the driving "A Woman's Rant," gets to the point and pounds it home, and is truly enough of a justifiable rant to make an immediate impression. In a way, Messina is a bridge between traditional country female artists like Dolly Parton or Tammy Wynette and younger contemporary stars like Taylor Swift, retaining the stubborn, don't-mess-with-me country girl image of the former while engaging in the more urban, uptown country girl pop of the latter. It's really what Messina has always done, though, and with the freedom granted Me after her release from Curb, she hasn't changed much, which will comfort her many fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2014
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923939023
catalogNumber:
9390
Rank:
85275

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Dee Messina   Primary Artist
Kathie Baillie   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Dan Dugmore   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Josh Matheny   Dobro
Alyssa Bonagura   Background Vocals
Michael Bonagura   Background Vocals
Susan Rowe-Brooks   Background Vocals
Marshall Richardson   Drums
Gaylene Lain Litten   Background Vocals
Caroline Kelly   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Patricia Conroy   Composer,Lyricist
Kathie Baillie   Composer,Lyricist
Julian King   Producer,Engineer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Bill Pratt   Executive Producer
Brett James   Composer
Jo Dee Messina   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Sherrié Austin   Composer,Lyricist
Dean Sams   Composer,Lyricist
Kilgore Trout   Executive Producer
Dave Rodgers   Executive Producer
Adrienne Follesé   Composer,Lyricist
Tammy Hyler   Composer,Lyricist
Amy Dalley   Composer,Lyricist
Keith Follesé   Composer,Lyricist
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
James LeBlanc   Composer,Lyricist
Alyssa Bonagura   Composer,Lyricist
Linda White   Executive Producer
Scott Leger   Composer,Lyricist
Tyler Hayes   Composer,Lyricist
Clay Mills   Composer,Lyricist
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Lizzy McAvoy   Composer,Lyricist
Willie De White   Executive Producer
Weston Davis   Composer,Lyricist
Tony Buenger   Executive Producer
Susan Rowe-Brooks   Executive Producer
Steve Womble   Executive Producer
Sherry Martelli   Executive Producer
Sandel' Cash   Logo Design
Marleen Martin   Executive Producer
Lyn De White   Executive Producer
Lou Rehak   Executive Producer
Leslie J. Diuguid   Executive Producer
Krista Weber   Executive Producer
Julianne Pawlak   Executive Producer
Jordana Chartok   Executive Producer
Jessie Benton   Executive Producer
Jessica Coplen   Executive Producer
Gaylene Lain Litten   Executive Producer
Gary Roys   Executive Producer
Elizabeth Blessing   Executive Producer
Caroline Kelly   Executive Producer
Brenda R. Stone   Executive Producer
Bekki Davis   Executive Producer

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