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Now Is the Hour

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Ariola Germany
  • UPC: 886975986521
  • Catalog Number: 7598652
  • Sales rank: 84,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dream Awake (3:39)
  2. 2 Betcha Never (3:07)
  3. 3 Windows (4:08)
  4. 4 Down on My Knees (3:16)
  5. 5 Head Above Water (3:55)
  6. 6 I Never Asked for an Angel (4:21)
  7. 7 Echoes Love (3:37)
  8. 8 I'm Not Dreaming Anymore (3:23)
  9. 9 Now Is the Hour (3:26)
  10. 10 Like I Would for You (3:37)
  11. 11 Before the Dawn (3:48)
  12. 12 Eyes of a Woman (3:52)
  13. 13 Just This Way (3:53)
  14. 14 Ain't Loved You Long Enough (2:55)
  15. 15 Still (4:08)
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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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