With his self-titled debut, American Idol's first-season heartthrob Justin Guarini proves that nice guys don't always finish last. Sometimes they finish second, which suits the mop-topped singer just fine. On the teen-friendly R&B- and pop-driven disc, it's clear why the charismatic-yet-vocally limited Guarini lost to the powerhouse pipes of Kelly Clarkson. But with pop legend Clive Davis and veteran producers including Babyface at the helm, Guarini's falsetto is tweaked to new heights. 'Face co-wrote and co-produced several tracks, including the playful, Tyrese-reminiscent single "I Saw Your Face" while Soulshock & Karlin check in with the infectious, Michael Jackson ringer "Sorry." That said, the 23-year-old is glaringly out of his league on a dreadful cover of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (sung flawlessly during American Idol's second season by runner-up Clay Aiken), and "Inner Child" has all the makings of a soccer anthem. Still, the Doylestown, Pennsylvania, native redeems himself on two winning Babyface ballads -- the Brian McKnightpenned "Condition of My Heart and "Thinking of You," co-written by Justin Timberlake. Wisely, the disc closes with "Timeless," a dynamic duet with Clarkson -- readying fans for their forthcoming movie musical, From Justin to Kelly. With American Idol's popularity still soaring, this record is Justin time.
Performance CreditsJustin Guarini Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mae McKenna Background Vocals
Edwin Bonilla Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion
Nathan East Bass
David Frank Drums,Keyboards
Paul Jackson Electric Guitar
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Ricky Lawson Drums
Steve Pearce Bass Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Piano,Keyboards
John Pierce Bass
Tim Pierce Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar (Nylon String)
Gavyn Wright Strings
Sean Hurley Bass
Dave Arch Keyboards
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Tony Dixon Keyboards
Manuel Lopez Guitar (Nylon String)
Nancy Anderson Background Vocals
Steve Mac Keyboards
Stockholm Session Orchestra Strings
Eric D. Jackson Guitar
Jeanette Olsson Background Vocals
Nate Butler Background Vocals
Tuff Singers Background Vocals
Janson & Janson Conductor
Oscar Merner Guitar (Nylon String)
Party Man Keyboards
Technical CreditsBrenda Russell Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Steve Kipner Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Gregg Alexander Composer
Brian McKnight Composer
Derek Bramble Composer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
David Frank Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Malina Engineer
Harvey Mason Composer
Lester Mendez Producer
Alex North Composer
Rick Nowels Composer
Bob Rosa Assistant Vocal Engineer
Hy Zaret Composer
Dave Arch Orchestral Arrangements
Matt Howe Engineer
Damon Thomas Composer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Joe Belmaati Composer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Dave Russell Engineer
Anders "Bag" Bagge Composer
Steve Mac Producer
Anthony Nance Composer
Justin Timberlake Composer
Chris Laws Engineer
Wade Robson Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Wayne Rodrigues drum programming,Pro-Tools
Damon Sharpe Producer,Engineer
Kelly Clarkson Duet
Justin Guarini Composer
Juan Cristobal Losada Engineer
Peer Astrom Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nate Butler Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Havana Hustlers Programming
Janson & Janson String Arrangements
Oscar Merner Composer
Chris Garcia Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Justin Guarini based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
I've been able to hear a lot of tracks because of pickthehits.com and I am BLOWN AWAY!!! If you thought he was good (or even OK) during American Idol... you will be incredibly surprised! "Sorry" is an amazing song, "I Saw Your Face" is beautiful and sexy, even "Get Here" has gotten a bit of a face lift and surpasses any other rendition, Justin's or anyone elses.
THis album couldnt have been greater as a debut album it has everything! The songs are great! Listen to some at pickthehits.com! everyone needs to buy this album when it is out JUNE 10th! you wont regret it woot woot!!
His self-titled CD contains some of the most soulful, soothing and sensual songs I have ever heard. Justin knows how to work a song to his own advantage and the result is something that won't soon be forgotten. In fact you want to replay it over and over. Watch this young man shoot straight to the stars and beyond!!!
This is a fantastic cd. The music, the lyrics and Justin's voice all make it work. I was anxiously awaiting to see what his first CD would sound like and I am very IMPRESSED. This guy has some talent and the diversity of his taste of music is present as well. A musician who can tackle something that everyone will love has to be appreciated. I'm THANKFUL that June 10th is just around the corner.
Justin Justin Justin ~~ I was really excited to hear the rest of your CD after watching your sing 'I Saw Your Face' on American Idol. I was alittle disappointed at the material they choose for Kelly Clarkson's CD, and was truly hoping your song selection would be much better. I am not disappointed. Some of the tracks on Kelly's CD you really hear that amazing voice she has but some are way too commercial for me and I felt cheated and sad because her voice stands in merit on it's own. Hopefully, her next CD Clive Davis will dig alittle deeper into the song selection to really show case her voice. Please Clive let her fly, her talent is something we haven't seen since the old Whitney or Mariah before they sold out. Enough said about Kelly--- Justin I am so totally blown away by this CD. The collaboration with Babyface, Brian McKnight and Justin Timberlake unbelievable. The songs drew out your voice and talent. You will definitely not fall victim to the 'One Hit' wonder syndrom if you continue on this path. Keep stretching that voice but please don't sell out. I have to say that the only track I didn't like was the remake of Unchained Melody but hey I never really cared for that song anyway. I look forward to your next CD!
After a long wait, Justin's CD has FINALLY arrived. Great stuff! I've heard several tracks from pickthehits. Although Justin tackles different genres, he retains his distinctive style. These tracks allow Justin to showcase his incredible voice. He has incredible phrasing/timing and a hypnotic voice. "Sorry" is deliciously original. Very interesting background beat, great intro, nice "mood building" throughout the song...Great bridge. I NEVER get tired on this song! Also, love the "message". On "One Heart too Many", Justin experiments with the Latin flavor. Very sensual. Nice rhythm. Catchy beat and lyrics. Justin shows that "vulnerability" prevalent in the popular Latin artists. I absolutely LOVE "I Saw Your Face". SO sensual. Love the studio effect (echo). So effective! Nice sultry background beat. Great R&B vibe. Both "Be a Heartbreaker" and "How Will I Know" are so romantic. You just melt listening to these two songs. Wow! A guy who understands women! Thank you! A guy who knows exactly what women want to hear! His two cover tracks, "Get Here" and "Unchained Melody" are quite beautiful..you will treasure these two tracks. This version of "Get Here" is totally different than any of Justin's previous versions. This version is very low-key, very soulful. I love his harmonizing in "Unchained Melody". You hear it, but it's very subtle. Quite beautiful. Soothing. It draws you in...Has a "floating" quality. His "Inner Child" can simply be defined as fun and joyful. It's a taste of absolute freedom. It may not quite "fit" with the style of some of the other tracks, but he does give it his "Justin touch". Justin has a very distinctive voice and a personal style, so he makes each song his own. I really can't wait to hear the rest of his CD. Love how he commits to each song and puts part of himself in each interpretation. Justin Guarini is definitely an "original." I'm looking forward to following him throughout his career.
When he wrote that song "sorry" he really meant to say that he was sorry for singing all these songs
Okay, I'm from Doylestown, home of Pink and Justin Guarini. When his CD came out on the 10th, I was second in line; I couldn't wait to get Justin's album. However, I purchased it solely for that reason; it's JUSTIN's album. When I popped it into my CD player, I was pleasantly surprised; it's really good. Guarini proves that his Idol success wasn't a fluke; his self titled album has hints of R & B, pop, jazz and rap. He takes on classic hits and new songs bound to become chart toppers. When Justin's 2nd album comes out, I'll be sure to be in line, and not because he's from Doylestown. Justin is a true talent. I highly recommend this album.
I've heard tracks from this upcoming album. My only challenge is to figure out which one I love the most. They are all hits. I think you're going to be surprised!
Wow! what a surprise this album is. i was expecting loads of AI cheese on this album, but it is far from it. It has a great R&B vibe to it, there is even a bit of latin thrown in! "I saw your face" is like butta baby!! sooo smoooooooth, you want to melt! You will be very surprised with this cd, so check it out!
I am so happy that J's album is coming out next week. All the songs are wonderful and he sounds fantastic. I think everyone will be surprised. Sorry and OHTM are my favorite but the rest could very well be hits too!
Justin Guarini has out done himself with the release of this sensual, soulful masterpiece. This CD has a little something for everyone! The songs are each delivered withthe passion that only Justin Guarini can produce.
This album is a great surprise from the curly haired hottie from the first American Idol. Let's just say I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! It has a little of everything.... R&B,pop ballads, Hip Hop, and even some latin flavor. Let's just say it has a very smooth sexy sound... and don't be surprised if you see most of these songs become hits.
In my opinion Justin has the same beat (tempo) to about 8 of the 13 songs on the album. The album has a lot of R&B and some ballots. The album's best songs are "Inner Child", "If You Wanna", and "Timeless". The entire album is taking him out of the bubble gum (american idol) style because of the R&B on the album. The songs like "Unchained Melody", and "Get Here" do not mix well with the R&B style of the rest of the album.
I am so surprised at the album Justin has put out. It has everything, R&B, POP, Latin, love songs and a new edition of Get Here and Unchained Melody. You will love every song! Pick it up, and one for your friend!
Amazing album from an amazing singer. A must buy.
Amazing tracks !! The CD isn't out yet but I got to hear a few tracks from pickthehits.com. And so far, I'm impressed! It wasn't what I expected. I thought the album will be all about POP and cheesy songs I've heard from the show. But no, not at all. I love the soulful, R&B vibe in Justin Guarini's new songs I Saw Your Face and Heartbreaker. I also love One Heart Too Many which has a latin beat. The song Sorry is so wild and edgy and the vocals are amazing. I even love the new version of Get Here. I can't wait to get the CD and hear the rest of the songs !!
This CD is a breath of fresh air for the music industry! Justin Guarini may have lost the American Idol "crown" to Miss Clarkson, but he WINS with this CD!! Sorry is a very unique song, One Heart Too Many gives off a Latin vibe and Inner Child is a fun, "throw your hands in the air" kind of song. There are three remakes, Get Here, the song that made Justin a household name, gets a different mix, Inner Child, and Unchained Melody. There is something for everyone on this debut album, pop, soul, R&B, Latin and good ol' fun! This CD is gonna be a HIT!
I have only heard about eight of the songs all the way through and love them all. Everytime I think I have decided on a favorite song I hear a new song from the CD and I change my mind. Those who watched Justin on American Idol will be pleasantly surpised by this CD. The music on this CD is amazing, it has something for everyone. Justin Guarini should be really proud of all his hard work on this CD.
Color me impressed. This guy has delivered the goods. I've heard 9 full tracks at Pick the Hits and parts of the remaining 4 at another site. Although the album offers diversity, when the songs are heard in succession, it makes for a cohesive listening experience. Guarini's distinctive voice is soulful, sometimes seductive, and layered with a pleasing vocal finesse. Another one of the pleasures of listening to Guarini is his innate ability to meaningfully deliver each song's lyrics. It's an intangible quality that separates good singers from the exceptional. Stand outs are the sensuous "I Saw Your Face", the intriguingly different "Sorry", the Latin flavored "One Heart Too Many", and the emotional "How Will I Know". Bottom line: The guy is impressive and the CD is excellent.
was surprised with his music style and singing when I checked sample of his songs! I particularly love I Saw Your Face (totally goes with his sultry singing voice); Be a HeartBreaker, Sorry and One Heart Too Many. check them out!
I was very surprised when I heard this album. After listening to Kelly I was waiting for Justin to come out and blow me away. Now that I heard the cd I found that his voice didnt ring through, most of the songs seemed the same. He has the potential to be a great singer but really, this cd left me disapointed.
I have had a chance to hear several tracks off his upcoming debut album and it is FABULOUS! Justin Guarini has produced a STUNNING album!
This is a very strong debut from Justin Guarini, the runner up from the first American Idol. There are various styles, R&B, pop and Latin. One Heart Too Many - Has a great Latin vibe with Spanish guitar. It's a nice, mellow song with a great melody. I Saw Your Face - A very sensual song with an R&B flavor. Should be a single Be a Heartbreaker - Sexy, R&B style with soft vocals. Unchained Melody - Strong vocals and heartfelt, but this song has been covered to death. Sorry - The first single from this debut. Strong drum beat opens up this unique song, great vocals and interesting. How Will You Know - Nice ballad with soft vocals, R&B style. Inner Child - Fun, pop gem with Justin sounding like he's having a blast! Condition of My Heart - Written by Brian McKnight, this is a pretty R&B ballad. Doin Things (We're Not Supposed To) - Sexy, old school style with very adult lyrics. If You Wanna - Funky beats throughout this one, Justin had a hand in co-writing also. Fun, party type song. Thinking of You - Co-written by Justin Timberlake, this one is very pretty and soft, nice vocals, Justin shines on this one. Get Here - Brand new version of the song that showed Justin's abilities to the TV watchers all across the world, nice, understated vocal too. Timeless (duet with Kelly Clarkson) - The main duet from the movie, From Justin to Kelly, this is a nice song, but there are times when Kelly overpowers Justin with her loud vocals, while he sings soft and smoothly. This is worth getting, you will be pleasantly surprised
I've heard some of the tracks from this CD and they are really good! Can't wait to buy this CD on June 10th! You won't be disappointed!