Twenty Ten: Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Conveniently released as his career comes full circle, Twenty Ten is the first greatest-hits collection from the original Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian, who has recently returned to his talent show roots, this time as a judge, on his homeland's version of The X Factor. Initially awarded a six-album deal, it's a testament to his vocal abilities and songwriting skills that, unlike many of his fellow winners, he's remained popular enough to see out his rather ambitious Sony contract, scoring five number ones since his victory in 2003. This comprehensive two-disc, 30-track collection, which reveals a subtle and natural progression with each album, explains why he's managed to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Conveniently released as his career comes full circle, Twenty Ten is the first greatest-hits collection from the original Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian, who has recently returned to his talent show roots, this time as a judge, on his homeland's version of The X Factor. Initially awarded a six-album deal, it's a testament to his vocal abilities and songwriting skills that, unlike many of his fellow winners, he's remained popular enough to see out his rather ambitious Sony contract, scoring five number ones since his victory in 2003. This comprehensive two-disc, 30-track collection, which reveals a subtle and natural progression with each album, explains why he's managed to survive once the show's publicity machine died down. Three tracks appear from his debut, Just as I Am, including first single power ballad "Angels Brought Me Here," the biggest-selling song of the decade, alongside a re-recorded version of his most well-received Idol performance, "Climb Every Mountain," all of which sound as formulaic and generic as you'd expect from an Idol winner. But like his U.K. counterpart, Will Young, Sebastian showed that he was more than just a pop puppet for album number two, the R&B-influenced Beautiful Life, which featured co-writes with the likes of Robin Thicke, Rahsaan Patterson, and his own idol, Brian McKnight. Its three singles, the funky "Out with My Baby," the jazz-fused "Oh Oh," and the acoustic slow jam "Kryptonite," are all included here, showcasing a more authentic soul voice that had previously been smothered in layers of MOR production. It's a sound that he surprisingly abandoned on third genre-hopping album Closer to the Sun, represented here by the melodic pop ballads "Taller, Stronger, Better" and "Cover on My Heart," the Kelly Clarkson-esque feisty rock number "Elevator Love," and the chilled-out orchestral title track, none of which really played to Sebastian's strengths. He returned to what he does best for follow-up The Memphis Album, a collection of Memphis soul covers produced by Booker T. & the MG's guitarist Steve Cropper, where he impressively more than held his own on heartfelt and passionate renditions of Al Green's "Take Me to the River" and Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'." Five tracks appear from his most accomplished album to date, Like It Like That, which was inspired by its predecessor's authentic classic soul sound, including "Art of Love," an emotive duet with American Idol Jordin Sparks and the brilliant Brill Building pop of the title track. Unfortunately, the Eve-featuring "Who's That Girl," one of two new tracks on the album, surrenders to the David Guetta-style electro-R&B sound that's become annoyingly ubiquitous of late, but the bluesy James Brown-esque "If I Really Loved You" and the bonus disc featuring acoustic reworkings of ten of his hits suggest this is just a momentary blip. Sebastian has failed to make any impact outside Australia, but as the consistent Twenty Ten proves, his joyous, effortless, and soulful vocal talents deserve to be heard by a much bigger audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886978007223
  • Catalog Number: 7800722
  • Sales rank: 72,847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who's That Girl (3:40)
  2. 2 If I Really Loved You (4:43)
  3. 3 Like It Like That (3:49)
  4. 4 All To Myself (3:43)
  5. 5 All I Need Is You (4:05)
  6. 6 Angels Brought Me Here (4:00)
  7. 7 Out With My Baby (3:39)
  8. 8 Oh Oh (3:06)
  9. 9 Taller Stronger Better (3:24)
  10. 10 Cover On My Heart (3:59)
  11. 11 Closer To the Sun (3:53)
  12. 12 Elevator Love (3:41)
  13. 13 Art of Love - Jordin Sparks (4:01)
  14. 14 Attention (3:28)
  15. 15 Hold On! I'm Comin' (3:16)
  16. 16 Climb Every Mountain - Sydney International Orchestra (2:57)
  17. 17 Kryptonite (4:00)
  18. 18 Never Hold You Down (3:20)
  19. 19 My Beautiful Friend (5:06)
  20. 20 Take Me To the River (5:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Out With My Baby (3:32)
  2. 2 Like It Like That (3:32)
  3. 3 All To Myself (4:04)
  4. 4 Closer To The Sun (4:14)
  5. 5 Kryptonite (4:43)
  6. 6 Art of Love (4:18)
  7. 7 Angels Brought Me Here (3:55)
  8. 8 Elevator Love (4:05)
  9. 9 All I Need Is You (5:59)
  10. 10 Oh Oh (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guy Sebastian Primary Artist, Piano
Eve Rap
Richard Lush Horn Engineer
Terpain Richmond Percussion, Drums, Spoons, Wood Block, Tin Cans
John Foreman Conductor
Rudolf Osadnik Concert Master
Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Grecco Buratto Guitar
Matthew Ottignon Flute, Saxophone
Carl Dimataga Guitar, Ukulele
Brad Evans Saxophone
Adam Ventoura Double Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer
Al Green Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
DNA Additional Production
Gary Pinto Composer
Eve Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Chong Lim Orchestration, String Arrangements, String Conductor
David Porter Composer
Lester Snell Horn Arrangements
Sean Hurley Composer
Craig Porteils Engineer, Vocal Engineer
John Foreman Producer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Ryan Harris Composer, Producer
James Roche Producer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Stuart Crichton Producer
Oscar Gaona Mastering
Andre Harris Composer, Producer
Pro-Jay Producer
Beau Dozier Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
James Gass Composer
Martin Pullan Mastering
Billy Bush Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson Composer
Zac Rae Engineer
John Reid Composer
Robin Thicke Composer, Producer
Curry Weber Engineer
Calvin Turner String Arrangements
Peer Astrom Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Guy Sebastian Arranger, Composer, Producer
Andreas Levander Composer, Producer
Ken Laing Orchestra Leader
Jarrad "Jaz" Rogers Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Phil Turcio Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Brendan Dekora Engineer
Dylan McKeever Engineer
Carl Schubert Vocal Engineer
James Griffiths Engineer
Bojan Dugic Engineer
Fredrik Odesjo Composer, Producer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Dominique Geurbois Orchestra Leader
Carl Dimataga Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bryon Jones Producer
Anders Bagge Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Adam Reily Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Bruce Heald String Arrangements
Alun Firth Composer
Abigail Sie Engineer
Ramesh Sathiah Programming, Additional Production
Tod Deelay Engineer
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