Now

Now

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by Jessica Andrews
     
 

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A mere lass of 19, Jessica Andrews projects wisdom beyond her years on her third album -- and a natural-gal sultriness to boot. Bursting with joy and energy, Andrews turns in a set of quality material: She co-wrote a few of the songs, picked some others from top-flight Nashville writers, and enlisted Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw's co-producer) to dress them up with a

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A mere lass of 19, Jessica Andrews projects wisdom beyond her years on her third album -- and a natural-gal sultriness to boot. Bursting with joy and energy, Andrews turns in a set of quality material: She co-wrote a few of the songs, picked some others from top-flight Nashville writers, and enlisted Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw's co-producer) to dress them up with a punchy country-pop sound and soaring orchestral backdrops. Even so, Andrews's calling card remains her singing, as she demonstrates a better feel for subtler shades of emotion than she did on her first two albums. The restraint she brings to "They Are the Roses," a reminder that children are the future and should be treasured as such, is an impressive and ideal counterpoint to music that booms and subsides as the story unfolds. Equally eye- and ear-opening is the roiling, self-affirming "There's More to Me Than You," on which she belts, coos, and flat-out rocks, complemented by a stinging electric guitar and hammering, relentless percussion. There's a hint of hip-hop and overt western swing references -- via fiddle and pedal steel -- to the lusty "Second Sunday," wherein Andrews delivers a carefree, breathy vocal that articulates the overflowing passion of which she sings. Piano and synths define a grand and moving musical backdrop that sets up a tenderly rendered plea for peace and salvation in the socially conscious "God Don't Give Up on Us." No mere eye candy, Andrews shows a lot of growth on Now, and it's in the service of songs with depth and heart.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Facing 20, Jessica Andrews decides to open her music on her third album, Now. Her hold to country was always a little tentative, particularly because it seemed like she was signed partially because she was a teenage girl who could really sing during the height of LeAnn Rimes' popularity. Like Rimes, Andrews wants to leave strict country behind as she leaves her adolescence, but unlike LeAnn, Jessica sounds in control, having a clear idea of who she is musically and where she wants to go. Now is grounded in country, along with other American roots music, but it's held together with an inclusive pop sensibility and a polished, professional production that nevertheless retains its identity and keeps the focus on Andrews, whose voice sounds stronger and better than ever. If initial comparisons to Rimes did not fall to her favor, she now sounds more versatile and assured than her peer, but she goes even further with Now, crafting an album that straddles the country-pop and adult-pop line as alluringly as the best of Faith Hill, whose Cry pales in comparison to this record. Why? Because this is never stifled by diva ambitions. Because this has up-tempo and mid-tempo songs with character and color, along with catchy hooks. Because the ballads, while slick, still have substance. Ultimately, because Andrews is a hell of singer, finding her own distinctive voice and coming into her own, somewhere between Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow. If the production ever so slightly is a little too mature, a little older than her years, it's only appropriate because her voice sounds older than her years. But even if this does have an adult-pop bent, it's still done better than nearly any other adult-pop in 2003, and the times that Now does loosen up offer tantalizing possibilities of where Andrews could go next. And, no matter which way you cut it, as of this writing Now is one of the best mainstream pop albums of 2003, with only Kelly Clarkson's Thankful rivaling it in consistency and quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Dreamworks Nashville
UPC:
0600445035621
catalogNumber:
450356

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessica Andrews   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Banjo
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Byron Gallimore   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Oboe,Shaker,Synthesizer Strings,Synthesizer Cello
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Strings
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Steel Guitar
John Willis   Banjo
Lonnie Wilson   Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Cello,Viola
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Billy Mann   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Mica Roberts   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin Paige   Composer
Bekka Bramlett   Composer
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Creative Consultant,Vocal Overdubs
Paul Jenkins   Composer
Angela Kaset   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
John Paterno   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Annie Roboff   Composer
Billy Mann   Composer,Producer
Wayne R. Halper   Liner Notes
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Phil Barnhart   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Jessica Andrews   Composer
Cory Churko   Engineer
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Composer
Marvin Green   Composer
Frank Macek   Programming
Bob Regan   Composer
Chris Yoakum   Engineer
Jason Gantt   Engineer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Deena Shapiro   Liner Notes
Julian Bunetta   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jake Burns   Engineer

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Now 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd, because I really loved Jessica's 2nd cd, I really like her voice, and her choice of songs. This new cd "Now",howerver, doesn't compare in my opinion. I felt that out of the 15 songs, maybe 10 were worth listening to, and the rest were just fillers. In fact I find myself skipping through many of the songs. second, It seems to me that Jessica tries a little too hard to sound like Faith Hill, and I just didn't feel any originality in her singing. Don't get me wrong, she sounds great, but it makes me feel like i'm listening to all the other Faith wanna-be's. I don't regret buying the cd, but it's definitely not one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved Jessica's "Who I Am" CD, but NOW just blows me away!! All of the songs are absolutely incredible, and her voice has really matured. Second Sunday, Sunshine and Love, and When Gentry Plays Guitar are some of the best songs. Everyone should buy this country-pop CD...no question about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved both of jessica's first CDs and when i bought this one i was blown away!! she couldn't look more different, but her sound is a more mature version of before. her songs can be poppy, country-ish, and some of them even with a soul or rock vibe. There's More To Me Than You is by far the best track, but Second Sunday, They Are The Roses, I Bring It To You, and I Wish For You are also very catchy and cute. overall, i would DEFINATELY advise you buy this cd...you'll love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This in my opinion is the best C.D. Jessia has put out yet. From the way her C.D.'s have been going we have yet to see her best. I reccomend this c.d. because it has your upbeat songs ex. GOOD TIME, your Love songs Ex. THERES MORE TO ME THAN YOU(fast and slow version) Then you have your sad songs Ex. WINDOWS ON A TRAIN then thers GOD DON'T GIVE UP ON US. not quite sure what to put that under but they are all great songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved Jessica's "Who I Am" CD, but NOW just blows me away!! All of the songs are absolutely incredible, and her voice has really matured. Second Sunday, Sunshine and Love, and When Gentry Plays Guitar are some of the best songs. Everyone should buy this country-pop CD...no question about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago