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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923939023
  • Catalog Number: 9390
  • Sales rank: 49,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not Dead Yet (3:00)
  2. 2 Strong Shot of You (3:03)
  3. 3 Love On a Maybe (3:42)
  4. 4 Breakin' It Down (3:46)
  5. 5 Peace Sign (3:23)
  6. 6 Me (3:43)
  7. 7 Like a Kid Again (3:51)
  8. 8 A Woman's Rant (3:33)
  9. 9 Take It (3:26)
  10. 10 I'm Free (3:35)
  11. 11 He's Messed Up (2:54)
  12. 12 Say Goodbye To Superman (4:28)
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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
Jonathan Russell Mastering
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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