Now Is the Hour

Now Is the Hour

by Jennifer Rush
     
 

Challenging Kate Bush and Guns N' Roses for the title of "lengthiest gap between albums," Now Is the Hour is the first offering from American powerhouse Jennifer Rush since 1998's collaboration with the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, Classics, and her first set of new material since 1997'sSee more details below

Overview

Challenging Kate Bush and Guns N' Roses for the title of "lengthiest gap between albums," Now Is the Hour is the first offering from American powerhouse Jennifer Rush since 1998's collaboration with the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, Classics, and her first set of new material since 1997's Credo. Having taken 12 years off to raise her daughter, Rush has assembled a crack team of established European-based hitmakers including Swede Jörgen Eloffson (Leona Lewis, Britney Spears), American country singer/songwriter Sharon Vaughn (Alcazar), and soul-pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield on a record that retains the epic power balladry of her mid-'80s heyday while also pursuing a previously unexplored dance-pop direction similar to Cher's fifty-something disco diva re-invention a decade earlier. Produced by Valicon, the Berlin-based team behind Germany's 2010 Eurovision win, the majority of its 15 tracks do sound as though they've been tailor-made for the much-derided singing competition, with both potential winners such as the hook-laden schlager-inspired "Down on My Knees," the Middle-Eastern-flavored "Betcha Never," and the theatrical pop
ock of "Eyes of a Woman" and possible nul points entries like the corny overblown balladry of "I Never Asked for an Angel," the faux-inspirational key changes of the title track, and the plodding gospel-tinged "Ain't Loved You Long Enough." However, there are several songs that would also translate outside the confines of the contest, such as the opening number "Dream Awake," which borrows the lush piano riffs of Coldplay's "Clocks" and the twinkling percussion of Britney Spears' "Gimme More" to produce a bittersweet slice of shimmering synth pop, the Kylie-esque glittery disco of "Just This Way," and the clattering Ryan Tedder-inspired piano-led epic "Head Above Water." But for an artist so synonymous with the impassioned big-voiced vocal ballad, it's a surprise that she comes unstuck when attempting to tread the path of her signature hit, "The Power of Love," as the likes of "Before the Dawn," "Windows," and "Still" may provide the chance to showcase her impressive and slightly operatic tones, but they are so utterly unmemorable that you wish she'd had the confidence to just stick with her newfound uptempo leanings instead. Now Is the Hour might not exactly be worth a 12-year wait, but take away the perfunctory torch songs and it is a respectable comeback that suggests her one-hit wonder status is a rather unjust state of affairs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
Label:
Ariola Germany
UPC:
0886975986521
catalogNumber:
7598652
Rank:
97891

Tracks

  1. Dream Awake  - Jennifer Rush
  2. Betcha Never  - Jennifer Rush
  3. Windows  - Jennifer Rush
  4. Down on My Knees  - Jennifer Rush
  5. Head Above Water  - Jennifer Rush
  6. I Never Asked for an Angel  - Jennifer Rush
  7. Echoes Love  - Jennifer Rush
  8. I'm Not Dreaming Anymore  - Jennifer Rush
  9. Now Is the Hour  - Jennifer Rush
  10. Like I Would for You  - Jennifer Rush
  11. Before the Dawn  - Jennifer Rush
  12. Eyes of a Woman  - Jennifer Rush
  13. Just This Way  - Jennifer Rush
  14. Ain't Loved You Long Enough  - Jennifer Rush
  15. Still  - Jennifer Rush

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Rush   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rainer Oleak   Strings
Claudia Uhle   Background Vocals
Jörg Weißelberg   Guitar
Bernd Wendlandt   Percussion,Keyboards
Ingo Politz   Percussion,Keyboards
Felix Lehrmann   Drums
Mathias Ramson   Keyboards
Mitch Kelly   Background Vocals
Golo Shulz   Piano
Elena Boyadjyeva   Background Vocals
Kayna Boyadjyeva   Background Vocals
Ingo York   Bass
Phil Schardt   Bass

Technical Credits

Alan Ross   Composer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Alex James   Composer
Tony Swain   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
John Dexter   Composer
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Harriet Roberts   Composer
Rainer Oleak   Orchestral Arrangements
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer
Tim Woodcock   Composer
Niara Scarlett   Composer
Gary Bromham   Composer
Lauren Evans   Composer
Christina Undhjem   Composer
Natasha Bedingfield   Composer
Bernd Wendlandt   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ingo Politz   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Pär Westerlund   Composer
Mathias Ramson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Liz Rodrigues   Composer
Robin Jenssen   Composer
Nermin Harambasic   Composer
Anne Judith Wik   Composer
Sascha Buhren   Mastering
Brix   Producer,Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer
Ron Irving   Composer
Alice Gernandt   Composer
Mitch Kelly   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Engineer
Rikard Brandén   Composer
Fridolin Nordsø   Composer
Frederik Nordsø Schjoldan   Composer
Ronny Vidar Svendsen   Composer
Kay Bennet Kruthoff   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Engineer,Pro-Tools
Gustav Efraimsson   Composer
Lynda McKillip   Composer
Phil Schardt   Pro-Tools
Anthony Galatis   Composer
Mark Frisch   Composer
Fridolin Tai Nordsø Schjoldan   Composer

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