Outta Here

Outta Here

by Esmée Denters



Preceding Justin Bieber's YouTube rags to riches fairy tale by a full 12 months, Dutch singer Esmée Denters became the first artist to sign to Justin Timberlake's Tennman label after he spotted her performing Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder cover versions on the video-sharing site in 2006. Not one to sit back and watch the pennies roll in, the former *NSync star not only features as executive producer on her debut album Outta Here, but has also co-written four of its tracks, and appears as guest vocalist on two, the Stargate-produced, sparse electro-funk of "Love Dealer" and the Timbaland-influenced, staccato-led R&B of "Casanova." Timberlake's constant presence could have overshadowed his protégé's first offering, but Denters proves she's just as capable without the aid of her superstar mentor. The clattering rhythms, lilting piano hooks, and power ballad chorus of the Ryan Tedder-penned "Victim" are just as epic as the anthems he wrote for Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, and Kelly Clarkson, "Admit It" is an intriguing fusion of jazz-inflected soul, brass-led hip-hop, and infectious dance-pop, while "Just Can't Have It" is a swinging acoustic midtempo whose simple but classy production fully allows Denters' powerful vocals to shine. Admittedly, the album's highlight appears courtesy of the Timberlake co-written title track, whose crunk beats, underlying rock guitars, and polished pop melodies would have provided a much better comeback single for Christina Aguilera than her recent derivative Lady Gaga pastiche. "The First Thing," a meandering attempt at a Mary J. Blige-style urban slow jam, and the melodramatic piano-led "Memories Turn to Dust" show that Denters is far more convincing as an Aaliyah-esque, futuristic R&B diva than a soulful balladeer. But at its best, Outta Here is as a well-produced, female-fronted companion to Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds which suggests that in the future, the next YouTube sensation could well be discovered singing one of Denters' very own songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2010
Label: Polydor Uk
UPC: 0602527315539
catalogNumber: 2731553

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Esmée Denters   Primary Artist
Richard Dodd   Cello
Pino Palladino   Bass Guitar
James Poyser   fender rhodes
Mike Elizondo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Espen Lind   Guitar
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Justin Timberlake   Vocals,Beat Box
Daphne Chen   Violin
Alexandra Leem   Viola
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Amy Wickman   Violin
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Tamae Lee   Violin
Michelle Bishop   Violin
Jr. Charles Parker   Violin
Davis Barnett   Viola

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Bryan Jones   Engineer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Composer
Robin Lynch   Instrumentation
Mike Elizondo   Producer,Instrumentation
Paul Foley   Engineer
Stargate   Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Julian Vasquez   Engineer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Noel Zancanella   Engineer
Paul Barry   Instrumentation
Ryan Tedder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Miguel Bustamante   Engineer
John D. Norten   Engineer
Chris Waugh   Engineer
Toby Gad   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
MachoPsycho   Producer,Engineer
Niklas Olovson   Instrumentation
Jim Beanz   Vocal Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Patrick "J Que" Smith   Engineer
Rob Knox   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Graham Archer   Engineer
Carlos Oyanedel   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Instrumentation
Robin Tadross   Composer
Josh Mosser   Engineer
P. Barry   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
R. Nevil   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer,Instrumentation
Hannon Lane   Producer,Instrumentation
Marcella Araica   Engineer

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