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by Jamie O'Neal
Jamie O'Neal follows up her Grammy-nominated 2000 debut with an even more formidable disc. Brave made early inroads with the hit single "Trying to Find Atlantis," a blazing album opener marked by a wailing fiddle and soaring electric guitar. O'Neal cuts loose with some serious vocal pyrotechnics in likening the search for a perfect man to


Jamie O'Neal follows up her Grammy-nominated 2000 debut with an even more formidable disc. Brave made early inroads with the hit single "Trying to Find Atlantis," a blazing album opener marked by a wailing fiddle and soaring electric guitar. O'Neal cuts loose with some serious vocal pyrotechnics in likening the search for a perfect man to the hunt for the mythological lost city, a notion that's expressed in the catchiest chorus of the year thus far. Her rueful but boldly expressed recollections of lost innocence in "Naïve" are bolstered by an '80s synth-pop backdrop, lyrical references to Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," a whimsical "na-na-na" background chorus, and hard-rock guitar licks. Yet O'Neal is equally effective when fueling more subtle tunes with the same fire, as on the piano-and-strings power ballad "When Did You Know," a remarkable vocal display of both strength and deep feeling in service to a query about a dying love affair. In fact, O'Neal's sophomore effort displays both variety and depth -- from the acoustic-based tear-jerker "Follow Me Home" to the guitar-heavy country-rock salute to camaraderie in "Girlfriends" ("Girlfriends kick ass!" O'Neill howls); from the forceful but deliberate ballad "Brave" to the banjo-and-guitar country workout in "I Love My Life." Like her girlfriends, O'Neal kicks ass.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At first, the cover to Jamie O'Neal's second album, Brave, is a little disarming -- with her bronze tan and blonde hair, O'Neal not only looks like Tara Reid's older sister, but looks like she's ready to leave country for pop. While it's easy to get past the initial shock of the image -- a picture is just a picture, after all, a way to bring attention to an album -- the music on Brave never quite answers the question of whether O'Neal wants to be a pop or country singer. Elements of both are scattered throughout the album, at times making for some jarring juxtapositions, as when "Naïve" with its looped drum machine butts heads with the mawksih working-class ballad "Somebody's Hero," and neither tune feels like it belongs on an album that contains such Gretchen Wilson-wannabe tunes as "Devil on the Left" and "Girlfriends" (whose call-and-response "kick ass" chorus is way too close to "Redneck Woman"). The frustrating thing about Brave is, O'Neal does both the MOR pop and mainstream country well, but they don't sit comfortably together on an album. There are too many shifts in tone and mood to make this album an easy album to hear from beginning to end and, worse of all, there's not a knockout single in either style to give listeners a way into the record. O'Neal has a powerful voice and is a sturdy songwriter who does sound good in both the pop and country settings, but she hasn't yet come up with a way to reconcile both sides within her music, nor has she committed to following one style or another. Consequently, Brave is promising and intriguing, but never quite satisfying.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie O'Neal   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Organ,Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion
Gary Prim   Keyboards
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Kelly Back   Electric Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Rodney Good   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Owen Hale   Drums
Tony Harrell   Accordion
John Hobbs   Organ
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Melissa Murphy   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Organ
Jonathan Yudkin   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello,Bazouki,national steel guitar
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Charles Rutherford's Jazz Pacific Orchestra   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Rivers Rutherford   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Robby Emerson   Hand Clapping
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Background Vocals
Roxie Dean   Background Vocals
Dana Good   Hand Clapping
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Tracy Broussard   Hand Clapping
Jeremy Deloach   Hand Clapping
Aliyah Good   Guest Appearance
Griffin Good   Guest Appearance
Autumn House   Background Vocals
Cindy Jenkins   Background Vocals
James Lowery   Acoustic Guitar
Timothy Moore   Hand Clapping
Minnie Murphy   Background Vocals
Maggie Rutherford   Background Vocals
Tania Smith VanHoy   Hand Clapping
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Travis Toy   Dobro
Toni Vance   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Tim Mensy   Composer
Jimmy Murphy   Composer
Rodney Good   Engineer,Contributor,overdub engineer
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Waters   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Annie Roboff   Composer
Steve Ledet   Engineer
Tom Nichols   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Shaye Smith   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Lisa Drew   Composer
Robby Emerson   Contributor
Jamie O'Neal   Composer,Producer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Dana Good   Contributor
Chip Matthews   overdub engineer
Zach Turner   Composer
Tracy Broussard   Contributor
Jeremy Deloach   Contributor
Michael Thompson   drum programming,Loop Programming

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Brave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not stop listening to Jamie O'Neal's CD Brave. There is so many good songs on there like "Trying to Find Atlantis "Somebody's Hero", "Devil on the Left", and any girls out there who are a fan of her music there is a song on there called "Girlfriends" which that song is sassy and it totally rocks. So if you don't have this CD by her go out ond get it, it is totally worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been eagerly awaiting some new material from Jamie and this CD does not disappoint. "Naive" is a wonderful ballad, and "Somebody's Hero" is emotionally moving. If you like impressive country vocals then this album is for you.