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Jagged Little Thrill
     

Jagged Little Thrill

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by Jagged Edge
 

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Jagged Edge broke through from modest commercial success to star status with their second album, J.E. Heartbreak, which threw off three major hits and sold in the millions. The task for the follow-up, of course, is to keep the momentum going. The group and producer Jermaine Dupri deliberately previewed the album with a mid-tempo

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Jagged Edge broke through from modest commercial success to star status with their second album, J.E. Heartbreak, which threw off three major hits and sold in the millions. The task for the follow-up, of course, is to keep the momentum going. The group and producer Jermaine Dupri deliberately previewed the album with a mid-tempo dance track, "Where the Party At," featuring rapper Nelly, which was bulleting up the charts when the album was released. It effectively countered the group's image, based on its massive hit "Let's Get Married," as a ballad-heavy, domestically minded outfit, the sort of people not much interested in finding out where the party is at. But the album reaffirms that image, with only a few exceptions. All of Jagged Edge's lyrics are written by twin brothers Brendan and Brian Casey, despite the inclusion of guest rappers on four tracks. (As on the previous album, the more edgy raps have had their vulgarities clipped; wouldn't it have made more sense to ask the rappers to curb their language upfront?) And the Casey brothers are very concerned with promoting responsible behavior among their male peers. Dupri has pushed their more prescriptive sentiments to the end of the album (while making sure the few mid-tempo and up-tempo tracks are near the start), but it is these songs that really define Jagged Edge's viewpoint. On "This Goes Out," the Caseys proclaim tolerance for dodgy actions taken to make ends meet and support children, but they draw the line on "Respect," which preaches against domestic violence. Then, on "Hero of Household," they make clear that it's the man who's supposed to wear the pants in the family: "There's gotta be a leader, and that's me." Such sentiments may not please the women otherwise attracted by the group's call for "Responsibility."

Editorial Reviews

Vibe - Andrea Duncan
With their third LP, JE continues to balance streetwise sensibilities, straightforward love ballads, and up-tempo party joints. And as the title suggests, the guys are taking a decidedly more agressive stance -- providing more rhythm and less blues. The tracks are layered over hard-hitting, play-it-loud-in-your-jeep beats. And content-wise, Thrill is more of a jaded bachelor's soundtrack than an ode to living happily ever after.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099750334492
catalogNumber:
900718

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Performance Credits

Jagged Edge   Primary Artist
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Diane Barnett   Violin
Larry Gold   Cello,Conductor
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Brandon Casey   Keyboards
Billy Odum   Guitar
Gary U. Smith   Keyboards
Jason Perry   Guitar
Ralph Stacey   Bass
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Julieanne Mijares   Costume Design
Jason Rome   Producer
Brian Casey   drum programming
James L. Hunter   Graphic Design
Gary U. Smith   Producer,Engineer,drum programming

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Jagged Little Thrill 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK THAT JAGGED EDGE IS THE HOTTEST GROUP,BECAUSE THERE ARE SO SEXY,FINE AND CUTE AND I LOVE THERE VOICES AND THERE HAVE THERE OWN STLYE AND THAT IS WANT I LIKE ABOUT THEM.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is da best jagged edge cd i have heard in a while.jagged edge is the best R&B group there is because i like their voices and all of there songs. jagged little thrill is a good CD because they talk about experiences that they have had and that is why i like them and i hope that one of these days i get to meet them in person, the one i would really like to meet the most is Brandon.i like that name alot and he sings pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago