This Crazy Life

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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.
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498541616
  • Catalog Number: 000680402
  • Sales rank: 234,650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Slide (4:14)
  2. 2 Ultraviolet (3:46)
  3. 3 Broken (3:16)
  4. 4 Screaming Infidelities (4:06)
  5. 5 4th of July (4:33)
  6. 6 Tip Toe (4:09)
  7. 7 Drifter (3:26)
  8. 8 This Crazy Life (3:56)
  9. 9 Just When You're Leaving (3:26)
  10. 10 Let Go (3:49)
  11. 11 Your Obsession (3:49)
  12. 12 Miracle (3:57)
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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
Christine Ermacoff 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
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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY NEW FAVORITE CD

    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.

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