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When Chantal Kreviazuk began her career in the late '90s, comparisons to fellow Canuck Sarah McLachlan were inevitable and irresistible. With 2003's What if It All Means Something, however, Kreviazuk is for the most part far removed from that ethereal piano-driven style. Smartly delayed until the obsession with underdressed teen pop tartlets had run its course, the album shows a new side of Kreviazuk: less self-absorbed, more at ease with her place in the grand scheme. There is a general theme to be gleaned from her rather lofty title: that of a woman looking with wonder at the sheer largeness of the world and carving personal space within it. For the most part the ...
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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
When Chantal Kreviazuk began her career in the late '90s, comparisons to fellow Canuck Sarah McLachlan were inevitable and irresistible. With 2003's What if It All Means Something, however, Kreviazuk is for the most part far removed from that ethereal piano-driven style. Smartly delayed until the obsession with underdressed teen pop tartlets had run its course, the album shows a new side of Kreviazuk: less self-absorbed, more at ease with her place in the grand scheme. There is a general theme to be gleaned from her rather lofty title: that of a woman looking with wonder at the sheer largeness of the world and carving personal space within it. For the most part the results are solid, limited only by some unimaginative arrangements and an unfortunate tendency toward repetitive refrains. The undeniably McLachlan-like "In This Life" was a smart choice for the lead single; with its bright lyrics and brisk arrangement, it's easily the best track of the lot. "Time" follows in that tune's sweeping, orchestrated style and is a solid cut in its own right, as is "Waiting," which benefits from a beautifully chosen electric piano melody and some effective yet unimposing backing vocals from Michelle Branch. There are a few dreadful filler tracks -- "Weight of the World" and "Ready for Your Love" being particularly insipid entries -- but on the whole, What if It All Means Something is an enjoyable album, neither arty nor obtuse, yet not a breakthrough on any level. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998648227
  • Catalog Number: 86482

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In This Life (3:51)
  2. 2 Time (4:07)
  3. 3 What If It All Means Something (4:03)
  4. 4 Julia (3:43)
  5. 5 Flying Home (Brenda's Song) (3:18)
  6. 6 Weight of the World (3:33)
  7. 7 Waiting (4:29)
  8. 8 Ready for Your Love (3:38)
  9. 9 Morning Light (3:57)
  10. 10 Miss April (3:38)
  11. 11 Turn the Page (3:47)
  12. 12 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chantal Kreviazuk Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Joyce Hammann Violin
John Kalodner Voices
Victor Lawrence Cello
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Gerry Leonard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Avril Brown Violin
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Paul Woodiel Violin
Mary Whitaker Violin
Todd Reynolds Violin
Sylvia Davanzo Violin
Krystof Witek Violin
Sherrod Barnes Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Adam Grabois Cello
Conway Kuo Viola
Ralph Farris Conductor, Viola
Jamie Edwards Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Gregg Wattenberg Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Conrad Harris Violin
Michelle Branch Background Vocals
Adam Hyman Viola
Jeff Allen Bass
David Gold Viola
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Technical Credits
Shawn Pelton Programming
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Art Smith Guitar Techician
Brian West Arranger
Raine Maida Composer
Chantal Kreviazuk Arranger, Composer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Chuck Zwicky Engineer
Gerald Eaton Arranger
Ralph Farris Arranger, Score
Dave Donelly Mastering
Jamie Edwards Arranger
Gregg Wattenberg Producer, Engineer
Prophet B.W. West Composer
Ross Petersen Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mostly killer, some filler

    this is another great album from chantal kreviazuk. from the soaring first single "in this life" to the amazing and overlooked second single "time," chantal wrote and delivered many great songs on this album. the only problem is she gets a little to pop for my taste on some songs towards the end, and some songs seem to be a little "filler." all in all, a great album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track]

    I agree much with Joseph's assessment, above, with the exception of calling "Weight of the World" a "dreadful filler track". It is catchy, uplifting, fun to sing along to, and has more than once helped me past a transient depression while listening to it! On the other hand, I'll go along with "Ready for Your Love" fitting that category, as it is way too "poppy" and retro for Chantal's otherwise thoughtful style of lyrics and melodic taste. Even so, I enjoy that song, too. I am also a fan of Sarah MacLachlan, and, perhaps surprisingly, it never occurred to me to compare the two. I'll agree with the similarities of the two artists (both Canadian, female, lead instruments being mainly keyboard, and their lyrics are generally thoughtful and the melodies are often light and ethereal), yet, Chantal never made me think of Sarah when I listened to her. Nevertheless, I'll agree it's likely: If you like the music of Sarah MacLachlan, no doubt you'll also enjoy that of Chantal Kreviazuk! I've enjoyed this album many times, as I have her first two, and highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track]

    I agree much with Joseph's assessment, above, with the exception of calling "Weight of the World" a "dreadful filler track". It is catchy, uplifting, fun to sing along to, and has more than once helped me past a transient depression while listening to it! On the other hand, I'll go along with "Ready for Your Love" fitting that category, as it is way too "poppy" and retro for Chantal's otherwise thoughtful and progressive style of lyrics and melodic taste. Even so, I enjoy that song, too. I am also a fan of Sarah MacLachlan, and, perhaps surprisingly, it never occurred to me to compare the two. I'll agree with the similarities of the two artists (both Canadian, female, lead instruments being mainly keyboard, and their lyrics are generally thoughtful and the melodies are often light and ethereal), yet, Chantal never made me think of Sarah when I listened to her. Never the less, I'll agree it's likely: If you like the music of Sarah MacLachlan, you'll very likely also enjoy that of Chantal Kreviazuk! I've enjoyed this album many times, as I have her first two, and highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CAPTIVATING MUSIC

    This album is truly beautiful. It is real music: it contains real instruments with real lyrics that come from the heart. I don't have a clue why she isn't popular- I think she's the best new artist here in America. The music is so uplifting and refreshing. It keeps me dancing even when I don't feel like it!

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