by Jordin Sparks
3.7 12

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Jordin Sparks didn't get any traction until she received a boost from Chris Brown via their duet "No Air," the one moment on her 2007 eponymous debut that felt unquestionably modern, so it makes perfect sense that her second album,Battlefield, ditches almost all lingering American Idol pageantry for stylized pop and R&B pitched halfway between Rihanna (whose "S.O.S." is essentially rewritten here, with Shannon's "Let the Music Play" substituted for "Tainted Love") and Leona Lewis. Jordin has had enough success to hire some of 2009's biggest hitmakers in the business, including T-Pain and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. Most of these namebrands are recordmakers, not songwriters, so it's not a great surprise to find Battlefield works as a collection of productions where Jordin's voice is merely one element of the overall picture. This sentiment doesn't apply quite as strongly to the clutch of Sparks' collaborations grouped toward the end of the album -- all ballads, some with vaguely spiritual overtones such as "Faith," whose chorus inadvertently flirts with John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith In Me" -- but for the first two-thirds of Battlefield, it's all a cool, expertly crafted modern pop and R&B, which is enough for Sparks to sustain her momentum.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Jive
UPC: 0886974466826
catalogNumber: 744668
Rank: 288407

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jordin Sparks   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Lucas   Keyboards,Various
Don-E   Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
Louis Biancaniello   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeff Bova   Strings
Mike Payne   Guitar
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Andrew Hey   Guitar
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards
Luke   Drums,Keyboards
Dapo Torimiro   Guitar,Keyboards
Ryan Tedder   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dameon Aranda   Background Vocals
Michael Biancaniello   Guitar
Toby Gad   Various
Mich Hedin Hansen   Percussion
Greg Hagan   Guitar
Mintman   Various
Keely Hawkes   Background Vocals
DaMystro   Conductor,Various
Pilfinger   Keyboards
Jeremy Shaw   Various

Technical Credits

Lucas   Arranger,Programming,Audio Production
Chris Barbosa   Composer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jeff Bova   Arranger,String Arrangements
Cutfather   Producer,Audio Production
Scott Cutler   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
David Kopatz   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dave Lopez   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Andrea Martin   Composer
Carlos McKinney   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Sam Watters   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Anne Preven   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Benny Blanco   Audio Production
Harvey Mason   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ed Chisolm   Composer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Josh Alexander   Composer
Noel Zancanella   Engineer
Neely Dinkins   Engineer
Luke   Programming,drum programming,Audio Production
Dabling Harward   Engineer
A.M.M.O.   Audio Production
Fefe Dobson   Composer
Dapo Torimiro   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Toby Gad   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Phil McIntyre   Management
T-Pain   Composer
Mich Hedin Hansen   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Dawn Rose   Producer
Kevin Jonas   Management
Frankie Storm   Composer
Jordin Sparks   Composer
Mintman   Audio Production
Sam Mizell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Shane Stevens   Composer
Scott Naughton   Engineer
Lasse Kramhøft   Composer
Keely Hawkes   Composer
Pete Hofman   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Michael Sarner   Director,Producer
DaMystro   Arranger,Audio Production
Pilfinger   Programming,Audio Production
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Lucas Secon   Composer
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Carsten Mortensen   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Jeremy Shaw   Composer,Audio Production
Christa Black   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Adam Smith   Programming

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Battlefield 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last time I checked being on a battlefield consists of death and destruction. What does Jordan Sparks know about this? Nothing except using a pitiful metaphor as it suits her. If the song and album were entitled Buffet, that would make more sense.
librachic More than 1 year ago
One of the best female singers i've ever heard!Jordin has a great voice and this album is fresh and better then her previous one.I would definitely recommend her CD!
TRANCE_FREAK More than 1 year ago
I don't usually listen to this kind of music but I wanted to hear Jordin Sparks' new album and I actually liked it. I would really recommend it to my friends and anyone else. Great album and a good number of great tracks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for anyone who love Jordin's first CD. Your going to fall in love all over again. With songs like Walking On Snow, Battlefield, Don"t Let it Go to Your Head, And my favorite It Takes More. Watch you go is another song to look for. This young Diva is only 19 and can only get better.
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