First Love

First Love

by Karina


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First Love

Like Keke Palmer and Tiffany Evans, Dominican-American singer Karina (last name Pasian) is an antidote to fellow young female artists who value objectification over respect (or believe the two things are synonymous). The material on her debut, First Love -- following a successful run on Star Search and a bidding war between Bad Boy, Interscope, and victor Def Jam -- is age-appropriate, a rare thing from a teenaged major-label artist in 2008. Karina does not merely steer clear from language and subjects that would make a parent cringe; "16 @ War," a collaboration with Tricky Stewart and the-Dream, is a somber anthem that is almost processional in nature, with each line carrying weight, from "Ain't no daddies where I'm from, there's just mad mothers" to "To him I'm just a transaction." Most of the album deals in heartache and being in love, but Karina handles her suitors in ways that would make any mother proud. Take "Slow Motion," a pro-abstinence song that might have more of an effect than the average parent-child talk: "Don't wanna mess with your pride/The question's not when but why." Her maturity level is nearly a fault; First Love is nothing if not a serious album. Even during the few boisterous productions, she seems to be keeping herself in check to make sure she is not having too much fun, like she's in a hurry to be considered an adult artist who is above making a pop record -- an area where she could have taken cues from Palmer and Evans. Still, the album is as needed as Palmer's So Uncool and Tiffany Evans -- proud and smart, real and relatable, packed with substance.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602517414310
catalogNumber: 000953802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karina   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers   Piano,Background Vocals
Troy Taylor   Various
Sarah Devine   Background Vocals
Syience   Strings,Keyboards
L.O.S. DaMaestro   Various
Karina Pasian   Background Vocals
Howard Britt   Strings

Technical Credits

Gordon Chambers   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Troy Taylor   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Kuk Harrell   Audio Production,Vocal Producer,Vocal Recording
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Don Vito   Producer,Audio Production
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Anthony Rutolo   Engineer
Shawn Campbell   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Shakir Stewart   Executive Producer
The-Dream   Composer
Ne-Yo   Producer,Audio Production
Rico Love   Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Syience   Audio Production
L.O.S. DaMaestro   Audio Production
Scott Naughton   Engineer
Cheese   Audio Production
Marshall J. Leathers   Audio Production
Howard Britt   Arranger,Programming
O.A.K.   Audio Production
Thaddis Harrell   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer

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First Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can not wait till it comes out!
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