Double platinum can be a big burden for some artists to bear, but Jo Dee Messina has followed up her juggernaut-level smash It's Alright with an album that more than lives up to its incendiary title and justifies the two years Messina spent working on it. The songs consistently drive home incisive lyrical messages, and the singer's committed performances make it clear that they're coming from the heart. The fierce "Down Time" is about regrouping with a vengeance in the wake of love's departure, while "That's the Way" counsels strength and self-reliance in the face of tarnished dreams. The high-octane drive of "Dare to Dream" is the perfect complement to the song's urgent lyrical message to "live, love, seize the day," while the righteous title song urges the ferocious pursuit of one's dreams. Nearly every song on the album carries a self-help subtext, but Messina makes even the most shopworn catchphrases work, simply by singing each song as if it were drawn from brutal personal experience. Even the relatively quiet, thoughtful "Bring On the Rain" -- a duet with coproducer Tim McGraw -- gets edgy when Messina's defiant attititude makes it clear that she can take whatever anyone can dish out, so bring it on. It's to the producers' credit that there's a minimum of grandiosity in the album's instrumental arrangements. Like Messina's powerhouse vocals, they drive the songs' themes home with dead-bang certainty.
Performance CreditsJo Dee Messina Primary Artist
Lisa Bevill Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Larry Byrom Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin Drums,Steel Guitar
Byron Gallimore Guitar (12 String Electric)
Michael Landau Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
John D. Willis Acoustic Guitar
Kim Parent Background Vocals
Technical CreditsTim McGraw Producer
Tina Arena Composer
Chad Brown Engineer
Dennis Davis Engineer
Byron Gallimore Producer
Julian King Engineer
Pam Reswick Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff Engineer
Richard Hanson Engineer
Steve Kaplan Engineer
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Ronnie Rivera Engineer
Steve Werfel Composer
Woody Woodruff Engineer
Matt Silva Engineer
Erik Lutkins Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Greg Fogie Engineer
Mike Dy Engineer
David Bryant Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i wont jodee messina back in Louisiana!!! She was great !!!!!
this is a really great cd. if you like the dixie chicks or faith hill, you'll love this!
At first I only wanted to listen to the one song I bought the cd for, but after I went through the whole cd I was converted to a true JoDee Messina fan. I love her voice and such inspiring lyrics. My boys 5 & 7 sing their little hearts out as soon as the music is turned on. They love the song BRING ON THE RAIN. It is a definite must have.
This album has songs that cover all emotions and desires. ''Dare To Dream'' is song about not being afraid to dream about your future and seising the day. JoDee Messina can sing like no other. She sings with such passion and poise that attracts your ear to listen to every word and the underlying messages that come with it. She tells the world through her songs that she can take anything that comes her way from a break-up to a just a horrible day. In ''Bring On The Rain,'' Messina dramatically displays her attitude towards life and all the people that try to bring her down. Through this song and all the others on the album, Messina is able to relate to her audience and express herself in an amazing way.
i love JoDee Messina she is soo cool!! oh yeah! my mom,dad,bros,& sis likes her too sooo SHE IS COOL!! WE LOVE YOU JODEE
I must say, this is one of those cds that you can listen to all day and night. There is always a song that fits my mood. Her incredible voice is perfect anytime of the day! Her concerts are amazing, her voice is amazing, and she's from MA!!!!
Jo Dee Messina has done it again! The red-headed firebrand spent two years working on her third release, but for her fans, it is well worth the wait. Burn is full of untempo, infectous, very singable songs. Some are saying it is a very good pop record...pop, country, rap, whatever Jo Dee does, she gives her all, so you know it will be the best record, no matter what genre. Some of the songs carry a common theme that over carries from I'm Alright, that attitude of ''I don't have time for your games, I don't need you, I can make it on my own''. The title track warns I am going to my all in the relationship and support you 110%, but you better ''Burn'' in return. ''Downtime'' says, I may be down, but, it has nothing to do with you. ''These are the Days'' is a sentimental tune about ''the memories you put in a box''. The other day (the one I can never remember) is ''Saturday Night'' an ode to girls night out. ''Angelene'' is a set-up song, it gives some background on the young girl from ''Even God Must Get the Blues'' (off the I'm Alright record). ''Closer'', ''Nothin' I Can Do'', ''Dare to Dream'', ''That's the Way'', and ''If Not You'' are just plain good songs, no two ways about it. This whole album is that way, just good, I cannot say a bad thing about Jo Dee Messina or her music. The poignant ''Bring on the Rain'' (with co-producer Tim McGraw) brings tears to my eyes, it is beatiful and hits close to home for me. ''But tomorrow's another day, and I am not afraid, so bring on the rain''
Jo Dee puts every thing into her records. She is just fantastic. Listen to her and learn.......