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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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. ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602517141018
  • Catalog Number: 1714101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way You Do Me (3:15)
  2. 2 Anything (3:49)
  3. 3 This Time (3:30)
  4. 4 Too Little, Too Late (3:39)
  5. 5 Let It Rain (3:56)
  6. 6 The High Road (3:51)
  7. 7 Like That (3:48)
  8. 8 Good Ol' (4:08)
  9. 9 Coming for You (3:31)
  10. 10 Exceptional (3:43)
  11. 11 How to Touch a Girl (4:27)
  12. 12 Note to God (4:25)
  13. 13 Do Whatcha Gotta Do (4:29)
  14. 14 I Can Take You There (4:52)
  15. 15 Too Little, Too Late (3:41)
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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
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Corey Williams Vocal Arrangements
Robert A. Arbittier Vocal Engineer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Barry Hankerson Executive Producer
Jomo Hankerson Executive Producer
Dave Russell Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Paul Foley Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
Beau Dozier Producer, Engineer
Swizz Beatz Composer, Producer
Josh Alexander Producer, Engineer
Michael Woodrum Digital Editing
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
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