This Crazy Life

This Crazy Life

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by Joanna
     
 
This rising star, whose road to becoming a recording artist was the subject of an MTV True Life documentary, makes an impressive debut with This Crazy Life. The disc showcases Joanna's powerful rock-and-pop-informed vocals, which drew the attention of A&R exec Ron Fair, known for shaping the career of Christina Aguilera, among others. Standout tracks

Overview

This rising star, whose road to becoming a recording artist was the subject of an MTV True Life documentary, makes an impressive debut with This Crazy Life. The disc showcases Joanna's powerful rock-and-pop-informed vocals, which drew the attention of A&R exec Ron Fair, known for shaping the career of Christina Aguilera, among others. Standout tracks include the first single "Let It Slide"; the Linda Perry-penned "Miracle"; "4th of July," an emotional ballad Joanna wrote when she was only 16; and a stirring cover of Dashboard Confessional’s "Screaming Infidelities." Joanna's debut introduces a powerful new voice; we're eager to see where This Crazy Life leads her next.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Way back in 1996, young Joanna Pacitti garnered national attention after she won -- and then lost -- the title role in Annie for its 20th anniversary tour. After performing the show on the road, Joanna was fired shortly before the opening night on Broadway because she wasn't sufficiently convincing the producers of her acting abilities. Though she took the not-so-subtle clues given to her and retired from acting, that persistent spirit remained strong in her and her former character apparently never died, and by 16 Joanna found herself nicely set up with a record deal from Geffen. The five years it took between then and the release of her debut were allotted so that Joanna could grow and develop as an artist under the tutelage of masters Linda Perry and Diane Warren, among others. Sure enough, This Crazy Life has what a post-Kelly Clarkson pop album should have: plenty of strings, haunting synth grooves, aggressive electric guitar, slick production, a romantic piano ballad, an emo cover, and warm, catchy melodies all around. The opener and the first single, "Let It Slide," starts off with a dark R&B groove that turns into a barrage of rock chords by the time the chorus arrives -- a formula that, by the time it's used on "Your Obsession," is not quite as fun anymore. "Just When You're Leaving" should be, if it's not already, incorporated heavily into one of the MTV faux-reality shows; "Tip Toe" is all organ and Wurlitzer and funk guitar; "Ultraviolet" starts with children singing -- in a very Jay-Z-"Hard Knock Life" (taken from Annie) move; and the title song, though probably the best on the record, doesn't mesh at all with the feel of the other songs (it's intense, more Evanescence than Pink, and the chorus, with the inevitable strings, sounds a lot like Sarah McLachlan's "Stupid," the chorus "You can lay down, Mama/Let me be your cover/Let me be your mother" driving it along). There's a lot going on here, and the album's a bit too much and too little at the same time, simplifying where it needs to expand and adding when it needs to stay more basic. Joanna has a good voice, that much is clear, but This Crazy Life shows a promise that's not completely realized.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498541616
catalogNumber:
000680402

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joanna   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Celli
Jim Cox   Organ
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Ron Fair   Harmonica,Piano,Conductor,Wurlitzer
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Julie Gigante   Violin
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Ron Harris   Keyboards
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Trey Henry   Bass
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Gary Novak   Drums
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Linda Perry   Guitar,Piano
Barbara Porter   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Eric Ivan Rosse   Keyboards
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
David Walsh   Acoustic Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Mike Marsh   Drums
Stefanie Ridel   Conductor,Background Vocals
Nico Abondolo   String Bass
Darrin McCann   Viola
Tal Herzberg   Bass
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Dan Bonebrake   Bass
Chris Carrabba   Guitar
Sungil Lee   Violin
Birgitta Kock   Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Stephan Moccio   Piano
Anthony Mazza   Guitar,Keyboards
Justin Siegel   Drums
Shoshana Claman   Violin
Jonathan Biggs   Choir, Chorus
Susan Blackwell   Background Vocals
Bill Hughes   Conductor
Nathan Crow   Electric Guitar
Ron Harris   Bass
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Celli
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Scott Cutler   Composer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Ron Harris   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Harry   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
Stacy Ferguson   Composer
Dave Bassett   Composer
Anne Preven   Composer
Stefanie Ridel   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Renee Sandstrom   Composer
J.D. Andrew   Vocal Engineer
Michele Thomas   Artist Development
Tal Herzberg   Producer,Engineer
David Guerrero   Engineer
Chris Carrabba   Composer
Alain Bertoni   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Anthony Mazza   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Danie Velasco   Engineer
Nathan Crow   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Christian Hamm   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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This Crazy Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ALBUM IS AMAZING!!! I was blown away by this artists voice, she can really sing. This album is sooo good. There is something I like about every song, which is a rare find these days. I highly recommend it. You will NOT be disappointed. I bought the album because I loved the cover. I had no idea I would be listening to this CD over and over again.