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by Jamie O'Neal
Demonstrating range, authority, and deep feeling, Australian-bred Jamie O'Neal -- who's sung backup with the likes of Mindy McCready, Jason Sellers, Ronnie Milsap, Sonya Isaacs, and Chely Wright, and had her


Demonstrating range, authority, and deep feeling, Australian-bred Jamie O'Neal -- who's sung backup with the likes of Mindy McCready, Jason Sellers, Ronnie Milsap, Sonya Isaacs, and Chely Wright, and had her compositions covered by Wright and Tammy Cochran -- makes the most of her debut moment on Shiver. A tender/tough ballad, "Where We Belong" alternates reflective verses with bold choruses in advancing the notion of love as the ever-solid bedrock supporting even the stormiest relationships. "You Rescued Me," a steady rolling ode of gratitude to the lover who kept her on the righteous path during a tough time, finds O'Neal employing an interesting array of tonal shadings to evoke a woman under siege. The limpid, moody "There Is No Arizona" finds her coping compellingly with romantic loss, with O'Neal's languid vocal heightened by Jim Hoke's atmospheric chromonica lines. The provocative title cut is a big production spiced with soft-focus interludes, with lyrics that edge into R-rated territory in their evocative descriptions of physical desire.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Cohoon
Solid songwriting and powerful vocals course throughout Jamie O'Neal's debut album, Shiver. Though billed as a country recording artist, O'Neal's voice lends itself more to pop; therefore, the album comes across as a country-pop blend, with mandolins and the occasional fiddle giving it a country identity. The best cuts on the album are "When I Think About Angels" and "There Is No Arizona," both of which Mercury Records had the musical foresight to release as singles. This was probably a smart move to introduce the world to Jamie O'Neal, as almost all the remaining songs, with the exception of "Sanctuary" and "Frantic," will probably not be running through the listener's head all day at work. The mixing and engineering elements are all here and work in the album's favor, but the whole package, while not at all bad, lacks the polish of the pros. That said, Shiver would still be a fine CD to pop in while going down the road or for a quiet evening at home. As her career progresses, O'Neal's music will most surely get better and better.

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Mercury Nashville

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Performance Credits

Jamie O'Neal   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Dan Hill   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion
Gary Prim   Piano
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Rodney Good   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Owen Hale   Drums
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
John Kelton   Bass,Keyboards
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Keith Stegall   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Cello
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mark Wills   Track Performer
Eric Darkin   Percussion
Michael Rojas   Piano
John D. Willis   Mandolin
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Brady Barnett   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vibes
Samantha Murphy   Background Vocals
Roxie Dean   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Kelton   Engineer,drum programming
Matthew McCauley   String Arrangements
Mark Nevers   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer,drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Bart Busch   Engineer
Brady Barnett   drum programming

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Shiver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jamie's song ''There Is NoArizona'' is the best song I have heard in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so much fun. It's got a great variety of music from uptempo to ballads. My favorite is When I Think About Angles, but I like all the songs - it's hard to narrow it down. A great CD for listening in your car.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutly amazing CD. I asked for it for Christmas, mainly for ''Arizona'' that I had heard on the radio but I think ''When I Think About Angels'' is even better.