High Road [US Bonus Tracks]

The High Road [US Bonus Tracks]

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Released when she was just 13 years old, vocalist Jojo's 2004 eponymous debut was a bona fide hit album and garnered the young pop star a legion of equally youthful fans, as well as lead roles in two films, including the 2006 comedy RV alongside Robin Williams. To say that the release of her 2006 sophomore

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Released when she was just 13 years old, vocalist Jojo's 2004 eponymous debut was a bona fide hit album and garnered the young pop star a legion of equally youthful fans, as well as lead roles in two films, including the 2006 comedy RV alongside Robin Williams. To say that the release of her 2006 sophomore effort, The High Road, finds Jojo on the cusp of superstardom is a bit of an understatement. Featuring production and songs by such in demand hitmakers as Swizz Beatz, Soulshock, and Scott Storch -- the man who made Paris Hilton sound good -- it should come as little surprise that The High Road is a commercially oriented, radio-friendly contemporary pop-R&B album. What may be a surprise is that it is really, really good. These are well-written, catchy pop songs with a healthy dose of hip-hop rhythm that serve as solid launching pads for Jojo's superb vocal abilities. Coming off as a kind of urbanized Jennifer Aniston with the chops of Beyoncé, Jojo is an assured and likeable performer who can somehow embody the yin-yang persona of a suburban cheerleader slinging hip-hop attitude, as she does in the video for the ridiculously overwrought and utterly addictive lead-off single, "Too Little Too Late." It also helps that she's matured just enough so that her somewhat sexy persona makes a bit more sense now than it did in 2004, and she easily sells the cheeky and raw dance-funk of such tracks as "This Time" and "The Way You Do Me." However, it's the blissfully melodic ballads and mid-tempo anthems that make the biggest impression here. Cuts such as the gorgeous and dreamy "Like That" and "Anything," with its unexpectedly hip sampling of Toto's "Africa," make for gleefully enjoyable guilty pleasures. Similarly, "Good Ol'" is the best summer anthem ever to see release in the fall, and "'Comin' for You" smartly borrows some of Kelly Clarkson's rock energy. While Jojo may not be taking a career road less traveled, The High Road does make time for some surprising and memorable pit stops along the way.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602517141018
catalogNumber:
1714101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

JoJo   Primary Artist
Matthew Gerrard   Percussion,Strings,Horn
Beau Dozier   Keyboards
Bill Brendle   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bridget Benenate   Vocal Arrangements
Matthew Gerrard   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Vincent Herbert   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Soulshock   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Billy Steinberg   Producer
Corey Williams   Vocal Arrangements
Robert A. Arbittier   Vocal Engineer
Barry Hankerson   Executive Producer
Jomo Hankerson   Executive Producer
Dave Russell   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Paul Foley   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Beau Dozier   Producer,Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Composer,Producer
Josh Alexander   Producer,Engineer
Ryan Leslie   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Peter Stengaard   Producer
Makeba Riddick   Vocal Producer
Stacey "Swade" Wade   Art Direction
Sean Garrett   Producer
Eric "Erk" Vargas   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Vocal Engineer
Francci   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Diana Levesque   Management
Scott Storch   Producer

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