What's Left of Me [Bonus Track]

What's Left of Me [Bonus Track]

by Nick Lachey

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What's Left of Me [Bonus Track]

Gossip hounds hoping that Nick Lachey's first post-divorce album would be laden with songs about his doomed marriage to Jessica Simpson will be pleased -- scratch that, delighted -- with What's Left of Me. If the album title doesn't clue you in to what it's all about, a glance at the song titles tip off its content: "I Can't Hate You Anymore," "On Your Own," "Outside Looking In," "Everywhere But Here," "Ghosts," "You're Not Alone," "Resolution" -- it's a virtual greatest-hits of brokenhearted laments, all sequenced as if it were a concept album about a man coming to terms with a painful divorce. To top it off, the centerfold photo finds Lachey sprawled out on a mattress in a grungy trailer, a stack of worn books, a TV with rabbit ears, and an empty beer bottle within reach, all bearing the unmistakable subtext that this is what the separation from Jessica has left him with (he also offers the following thanks: "most importantly, Miller Brewing...thank you!" -- but don't get ahead of yourself and think that this is a nod of gratitude to the beverages that got him through this difficult time; it's part of an extended thank you to "all of my friends who help to satisfy my sports addiction," which takes up as much space as his business, family, and fans thanks). So, this second album from the former 98° star provides plenty of voyeuristic satisfaction, as each song -- whether it's written by Lachey or not (and chances are, it is, since he has writing credits on eight of the 12 songs) -- plays into the theme, which makes it kind of like the boy band Blood on the Tracks. And it's hard not to have sympathy for a guy whose sexpot ex allegedly cuckolded him through her affairs with Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera (it's possible to imagine a more humiliating list of lovers for Lachey, but even if you added anyone from Wilmer Valderhama to Artie Lange to that list, it wouldn't seem as bullying, as violent as that pair; it's practically a Jackass stunt). Lachey also deserves credit for not patterning his record after Jon Secada's early work, which the Backstreet Boys inexplicably did. He tries hard to sound modern, incorporating elements of anything from Ashlee-styled modern pop (ironic, isn't it?) to Coldplay, whose spacy surfaces are heard throughout (most notably on "Beautiful," whose echoing piano riff can't help but recall "Clocks"). This gives What's Left of Me a relatively fresh feel, although the songs slavishly follow the boy band formula for the turn of the century. That doesn't mean What's Left of Me isn't interesting -- Lachey's valiant twin struggles to modernize his sound and get past his impending divorce certainly make this album interesting. It's memorably odd, and even if it suggests that Lachey may have a rough time growing old with his signature sound, it still is hard not to finish the album and have a twinge of sympathy for the guy. Plus, he'll likely have the last laugh: he and Jessica had no prenup, so half of that marriage is his, so even if What's Left of Me fails to kick-start his career, he's probably not gonna wind up struggling to get by in that trailer. [The 2006 edition includes one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Sbme Import
UPC: 0828768486023
catalogNumber: 768486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Lachey   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Luke Brown   Background Vocals
Jess Cates   Piano
Peter Ljung   Piano
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Dan Needham   Drums
Jimi Englund   Percussion
Wally Gogel   Bass,Guitar
Emanuel Kiriakou   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dan Muckala   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Martin   Guitar
Corky James   Guitar
Jamie Cullum   Piano
Sebastian Nylund   Bass,Guitar
Chuck Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Wells   Piano
Xandy Barry   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Greg Johnston   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeff Bova   Programming,String Arrangements
Jess Cates   Composer
Liz Vidal   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
David Channing   Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Wally Gogel   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Drum Engineering
Emanuel Kiriakou   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing
Dan Muckala   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andreas Carlsson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nick Lachey   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Skye McCaskey   Engineer
Sean M. Kinney   Art Direction
Jamie Cullum   Composer
Chris Steffen   Engineer
Jeff Cohen   Composer
Peer Astrom   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rob Wells   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Lasse Mårtén   Drum Engineering
Xandy Barry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Drum Engineering
Jim Corouana   Vocal Engineer
Greg Johnston   Composer
Luke McMaster   Composer
John D.S. Adams   Engineer

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