Sweet Kisses

Sweet Kisses

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by Jessica Simpson

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She's the opening act for Ricky Martin. She looks like Britney Spears, sounds like Christina Aguilera, and samples John Mellencamp in "I Think I'm in Love with You." One might think Jessica Simpson is having an identity crisis, but that's hardly the case. This 19-yearSee more details below


She's the opening act for Ricky Martin. She looks like Britney Spears, sounds like Christina Aguilera, and samples John Mellencamp in "I Think I'm in Love with You." One might think Jessica Simpson is having an identity crisis, but that's hardly the case. This 19-year-old has more spunk and vocal prowess than any spice girl (original and knock-off varieties included), and her single "I Wanna Love You Forever" -- a grown-up ballad from the newly released SWEET KISSES album -- is already a hit sensation. Simpson's sound is akin to that of the many Gen Ys who've hit the airwaves in recent months, but she sets herself apart from the rest of the teen pack with her R&B and gospel influences and her performing skills, learned on the Christian-music circuit that started her on the road to stardom at the age of 16. Simpson's conviction and experience comes through on the ballads -- "Sweet Kisses," "My Wonderful," "Your Faith in Me," and "Where You Are," a duet with boyfriend Nick Lachey of 98° fame -- as well as the uptempo "Final Heartbreak" and "Woman in Me" (featuring Destiny's Child). While some cuts tend toward familiar synthesized terrain, Simpson at her strongest seems destined to rise from cliched girl-power symbol to enduring diva status.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By the end of 1999, teen pop had grown into a strangely diverse genre of its own, with each act fulfilling a different need. Britney Spears was pure, trashy fun, while Christina Aguilera was flashy and talented just like Mariah Carey. The Backstreet Boys stood above the pack with their suave sophistication and irresistible melodic charm, while 'N Sync were the Stones to the Backstreet Boys' Beatles -- a little bit of the rough and tough, not quite as melodic, but almost as charming. Into the fray arrived Jessica Simpson -- unlike some of her peers, a mere finalist for the New Mickey Mouse Club instead of a full-fledged member -- with her debut Sweet Kisses, an album that positions her as the teen Celine Dion. Sure, she delves into the frothy dance-pop that's teen pop's stock-in-trade, but the heart of her album lies in adult contemporary ballads like her breakout hit "I Wanna Love You Forever," which gives her a chance to show off the richness of her voice. She doesn't over-sing, like Aguilera occasionally does, even if she has moments where she pushes the envelope slightly -- just like her idol Dion. However, there are already indications that she's developing her own voice, since she is equally capable of delivering danceable urban R&B ("Final Heartbreak," "I've Got My Eyes on You," the Destiny's Child duet"Woman in Me") as she is mature balladry ("Faith in Me," the Nick Lachey duet "Where You Are"). Like most teen-pop albums, Sweet Kisses suffers from inconsistent material, yet the filler is well-produced and performed, making the record every bit as listenable as Aguilera's fine debut. As a matter of fact, Simpson proves with this debut that she could very well be a teen popster that could easily make the transition to adult artist -- and that puts her in a rarified league with Aguilera and the Backstreets.

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Performance Credits

Jessica Simpson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Guitar
Tim Heintz   Keyboards
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Evan Rogers   Background Vocals
Andy Goldmark   Keyboards
Anas Allaf   Guitar
Louis Biancaniello   Keyboards
Chris Camozzi   Guitar
Graeme Coleman   Piano,Conductor
Dave Deviller   Acoustic Guitar
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
John Mellencamp   Track Performer
Brian Newcombe   Bass
Dan Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Carl Sturken   Multi Instruments
Eric Foster White   Keyboards
Sam Watters   Background Vocals
London Jones   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Destiny's Child   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Nick Lachey   Vocals
Jill Seifers   Background Vocals
Gordon Maxwell   Background Vocals
Jennifer Karr   Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals
Tim Hientz   Keyboards
Simon Isherwood   Conductor
Notre Dame Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Producer
Steve Smith   Engineer
Evan Rogers   Producer
Andy Goldmark   Producer,Engineer
Chris Apostle   Assistant Project Coordinator
Louis Biancaniello   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Graeme Coleman   String Arrangements
Dave Deviller   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Steve George   Engineer
Sean Hosein   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jack Kugell   Digital Editing
Iki Levy   drum programming
Hank Linderman   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Dan Shea   Producer
Carl Sturken   Producer,Instrumentation
Eric Foster White   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Martin Horenburg   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Sam Watters   Producer
Rob Williams   Engineer
London Jones   Programming,Producer
Corey Rooney   Producer
Ron Jaramillo   Art Direction
Tim "Flash" Mariner   Engineer
Paul Wagner   Engineer
Scott Gutierrez   Engineer
Jamie Houston   Producer
Robert Scott William   Engineer
Hemberger   Engineer
Ben Holt   Engineer
Andrea Derby   Assistant Production Coordination
Michael "Wolf" Reaves   Engineer
Steven "Steve O" George   Engineer

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