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Former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks did not come to my attention seriously until she released her debut album, looking back at the sixth series I remember her but was not that impressed by the quality of many of the other performers so did not keep watching. I wasn't actually aware that she had won the sixth series of American Idol until she released her debut single.
This self titled debut album was recorded between June and October of 2007 and she released the album in November of the same year. Her album features a collaboration with Chris Brown and production from Stargate, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Robbie Nevil, The Underdogs, Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs, Bloodshy & Avant, Espionage, Emanuel Kiriakou, Klas Ahlund and finally Stephen Lipson.
This is a pretty good track to open the album with, It features a catchy drum beat and some gentle keyboard tones with the addition of the strings in the background. This track is summed up by these lyrics "just like a tattoo I'll always have you. You can understand her feelings.
2.) One Step at a Time
This beat sounds a little like Jennifer Hudson's massive hit If this isnt love. I like the way that this track flows as it's rather catchy and has a very natural flow which adds to the overall appeal of this track. This is about taking a relationship as slow as it needs to go so you get things right. Good stuff.
3.) No Air
I am not a fan of Chris Brown but I have to say he puts in the best performance of his career on this wonderful track about how you feel when someone you loved has left you. This was one of the best hits of 2008 and is one of the best tracks on the album for sure.
This track brings the album into a more uptempo feel with a catchy dance beat and some atmospheric sounds. This track showcases the natural quality of her voice. Once the track gets into full swing you start to hear the soft piano tones which add a nice touch alongside the catchy dance beat.
5.) Shy Boy
This is a funky track which has a dance feel to it, It opens with some great dance loops and then develops through the beat and some very interesting computer sounds. This track works rather well and is a pretty decent uptempo track with a good melody.
6.) Now You Tell Me
This is a beautiful piano led ballad which sounds a little like early Christina Aguilera mixed with a litte Pink rock chick. This is a very good track which shows the natural flow of Jordin Sparks' voice. This is One of the best tracks on the album.
7.) Next to you
This is a very good ballad which has a nice R&B beat which works well with the keyboard tones. Her voice is emotive yet understated. This track is about wanting to spend time with someone. This is one of the best showcases of her talent and is a pretty good track.
8.) Just for the Record
This is an interesting track which believe it or not opens like Guns and Roses. It then changes with the R&B beat. This is a very nice track which is about letting each other have their say in a relationship. This is a great indication of her vocal talent.
9.) Permanent Monday
This is one of the best tracks on the album and features a guitar intro which reminds me a little of Jeff Buckley. This was co-written with Walter Afanasieff who previously worked with the likes of Savage Garden and Mariah Carey amongst others. This is a slow rock ballad which works very well indeed.
10.) Young and in Love
This track was co-written by Cathy Dennis and has a recent Madonna sound to it in terms of the electro beat and the vocals are similar to Britney Spears on her latest. This is a decent uptempo track with some great electro hooks which give the track a very catchy feel.
11.) See My Side
This is a lovely ballad which opens with some gentle music box like sounds and these are accompanied by a very interesting hook that would be more at home on a drum and bass track but somehow it works superbly here. A very interesting track which takes on the same kind of feel as Justin Timberlake's My Love in the combination of Ballad like vocals and uptempo music.
12.) God Loves Ugly
A very strange title you may say and I would agree. This track opens with gentle guitar and soft keyboard tones. Sparks' voice comes in beautifully and this song is about having self confidence despite all the knocks you may get in your life. A very good ending to the album.
Jordin Sparks was the sixth American Idol winner and she has just released her second album. I have not heard it yet but on this evidence she certainly has a very promising career in music if she carries on producing quality like she has one some of these very promising tracks. If you liked the singles then give the album a go as there's more stuff to get your music buds going. This is A very solid debut from Jordin Sparks.
Jordin Sparks is yet another American Idol winner. Following on from Kelly Clarkson's massive global success, Jordin made a bid for worldwide stardom with her self titled album released in 2007 in America and then to the rest of the world in 2008.
I'm not a fan of American Idol or any of these reality style shows and Jordin first came to my attention when the song 'Tattoo' appeared on an internet site I surf regulary and I found myself really attracted to the voice of this young girl [she was 19 at the time].
Unlike Clarkson and other Idol winners however, Jordin lends herself to more a mixture of Pop and RnB, with an album that has some brilliant tracks on but just as many dud moments. It seems like the notion of testing the water as Jordin experiments with a lot of different styles, some which work brilliantly and others that just lack any emotion or any reason to make you listen to them at all.
It's safe to say that the record's main singles are easily the shining stars here. Opening song 'Tattoo' is produced by Stargate who have worked with the likes of Ne-Yo and Rihanna in the past. Anyone who has heard the Leona Lewis album track 'Angel' from her album 'Spirit' will definately recognise the beat and chord arrangements here and Jordin's vocals shine through proving she definately has the right voice for the pop business.
The song is a bit dull in parts and seems to drag on for far too long though there's something about the backing vocals and catchy chorus that make it a winner nevertheless.
'One Step At A Time' is a more upbeat offering. It's yet another catchy song that will crawl into your head and take up residence for days mostly because of the beat but at this point Istill find myself not really feeling any real magic from this CD, rather than just safe but good enough run of the mill pop tunes.
The album's standout track is definately 'No Air'. The huge global smash features supposed woman beater Chris Brown and its just perfectly arranged with stunning vocals and beautiful lyrics. The emotion and vulnerability from both of the singers just comes screaming through. It's one hell of a power ballad and makes you feel every single word. Chris Brown for once is also on fine form and in my opinion the end result is one of the best and most genuine love songs of recent years. Next up is 'Freeze', a track that uses heliumised vocals and is laced with an infectious and hypnotic beat that is reminiscent of Nelly Furtado's 'Say It Right'. The song is very dark and moody in places and is also a highlight of the record. Like with most tracks on the album, the production is solid throughout though the disappointing thing is after such a strong start to the CD soon after this shining pop-RnB fueled moment, Jordin's debut offering descends into limp ballads and boring songs that try too hard to sound like they're interesting.
'Next To You' is nice enough with sweet lyrics and Jordin's vocals on fine form though you find yourself being pulled more towards the beat and harmonies than the song as a whole. 'Shy Boy' is an awful inclusion as it attempts to sound like some RnB club jam and fails terribly. Jordin's vocals sound very uncomfortable and the track has been done a lot better by other artists. I did however vaguely enjoy 'Now You Tell Me'. The melody is constructed to fit a more rock orientated sound which is different for the CD and it seems to blend with Jordin's vocals nicely. Whilst the song is nice enough on the first few listens it soon settles into bland obscurity alongside the rest of the album's second half.
'Just For The Record' sounds like the love child of 'Tattoo' and 'Next To You'. The lyrics and beat have been recycled and Jordin's vocals are void of any emotion, instead sounding rather weak and bored much like myself at this point into the album.
'Young & In Love' easily takes the title of worst song on the album. It's another attempt to create something 'cool' and 'clublike'. Sadly in Jordin's case she is outdone by much stronger artists who seem to have grasped the style more completly. The result here is a song that has awful high pitched vocals that are out of sync with the bassline and just a pile of rubbish that is more assault to your ears than pleasant listening.
Last track 'God Loves Ugly' is a beautiful song with perfect harmonies and lyrics that will be able to touch anybody listening. It's a good enough ending to an album that seems to deliver four oustanding tracks and then descends into a dull and lifeless horror.
Jordin clearly has a lot of talent and that is shown in most of the songs by her soulful yet emotional voice but you only real feel the depth of her talent on 'No Air' as the rest of the songs rely too heavily on creating catchy beats and melodies in order to make the album sound as mainstream as possible.
Whilst that's not really a negative thing, the result is something that is quite lazy and miles below other artists doing the same thing. Jordin needs to raise the bar for her sophomore album due later this summer and capture the essence and the passion that is only evident in one or two of the songs on this debut CD.
*'This Is My Now' is also present on the CD and is the song that Jordin sang to win American Idol and released as a single there soon after.
01 - Tattoo
02 - One Step At A Time
03 - No Air [With Chris Brown]
04 - Freeze
05 - Shy Boy
06 - Now You Tell Me
07 - Next To You
08 - Just For The Record
09 - Permenant Monday
10 - Young & In Love
11 - See My Side
12 - God LOves Ugly
13 - This Is My Now
This is the best debut from any of the american idol alumni IMO
Jordin may not have the strongest voice, but she does have charisma, and bucketloads of it on this album.
if the craftmanship of this album isn't the best, it merely serves as a signal of what's yet to come from ms Sparks.
track by track
tattoo : cheesey lyrics, great delivery. ***
one step at a time : love the intro, again, not the best lyrics, but a def. grower. ****
no air : slightly biased about chris brown and his personal life, but as a song this works really well - over the top, pompous vocals, soaring over a simple melody in the background, all building up to the amazing last deleivery of the chorus. sounds great louder! *****
freeze : some great vocals on this upbeat dance number ***
shy boy : one of the less greats on the album. def. skip track , doesn't really showcase Sparks' voice at all. **
now you tell me : country tinged ballad. great vocals, corny lyrics ****
next to you : a slower ballad, a little bit boring in my opinion. **
just for the record : love the 2 - part chorus, sounds like the last song, but with knobs on ****
permanent monday : my favourite on this album. another slow burner, building up to an amazing crescendo *****
young and in love : another dancey number, doesnt really work well. *
see my side : a ballad with a very limited range showcasing Sparks abilty to do subtle as well as powerhouse vocals. ****
god loves ugly : worst song on the album by far. *
this is my now : the American idol winners song, one of the better ones! ***
worth the wait : if you can watch her do an acapella of this on youtube you should, its a great vocal. ****
a great start to ms Sparks possibly very long career.
This is the debut album of Jordin Sparks, the winner of American Idol Season 6 in 2007. I really liked Jordin when I watched the show, as she is a lovely, down to earth girl with a fantastic voice. She is only 19 but is capable of singing amazingly, as she often showed off on the show. Her style is poppy with a little bit of an R&B edge.
This album has gone platinum in the USA, and her singles have been consistently successful over there, but like most of the Idol winners she has been less popular so far in the UK, which in my opinion is mostly due to a poor publicity campaign. However her beautiful single 'No Air' with R&B singer Chris Brown did reach number 3 in the charts both here and in America and received a lot of airplay.
Despite the fact that I really like Jordin, however, I am less than impressed with her debut album. The tracklist is:
2. One Step At A Time
3. No Air duet with Chris Brown
5. Shy Boy
6. Now You Tell Me
7. Next To You
8. Just For The Record
9. Permanent Monday
10. Young And In Love
11. See My Side
12. God Loves Ugly
13. This Is My Now
The first song of the album, 'Tattoo', is my favourite track on the CD, so is a good way to start, though I suppose everyone has different tastes as I read a review on Amazon that says that 'Tattoo' is the weakest track. In my opinion it is a catchy, upbeat, poppy song with excellent lyrics and I am happy to listen to it over and over.
There are some other nice danceable songs too, especially 'One Step at a Time'. But some songs with the potential to be good, such as 'Freeze' and 'Just for the Record', peter out into nothingness and are not memorable at all. Some, like 'Young and In Love' are even worse, adding a weird electronica vibe to the album and not sounding like Jordin at all.
There are a couple of sweet ballads on the CD. The Idol winner's song 'This Is My Now' is powerful and very suited to Jordin's voice, though I am not impressed with the production on the track. 'Now You Tell Me' is a lovely song with poignant lyrics and a decent beat and tune and is my second favourite on the album. However 'God Loves Ugly' and 'Permanent Monday' are insipid, boring tracks which go nowhere.
In general I think that although there are a few very good songs on this album, Jordin has not reached her full potential and she could do much better if she were given songs that allowed her to show off her great voice. There are some wasted opportunities here, though at least it is not a CD of covers like a lot of the X Factor and Pop Idol winners used to produce.
This is a reasonable purchase if you like classy pop albums, but I can't imagine it will grow to be anyone's favourite CD. You can buy it on Amazon.co.uk for £6.97.
I don't really follow American Idol at all as I think we have enough reality shows of our own to keep up with in Britain, but somehow this young singer has caught my eye. I first saw her debut video on a music channel late one evening and the catchy melody and lovely voice made me look on the internet to find out more about her. After hearing that song a few more times, I decided I wanted to try her album so I got the mp3 version for Amazon and sat down to have a listen and I hoped it would be good. Luckily for me it was.
Jordin Sparks was only 16 when she entered American Idol, and won the sixth series of the show. Her bdeut single went to number one in America, and since then her popularity has rocketed, releasing a massive hit with R'n'B singer Chris Brown and also cracking the UK market. This album was released back in April 2008 and although not a real commercial success, she seems to be quite well for herself considering she's only the 2nd American Idol winner to come over here after Kelly Clarkson a few years ago. The album contains 13 tracks, and here's the breakdown.
Tattoo: This was Jordin's debut single in the UK, and it did only manage number 24 so wasn't a massive hit. It is quite an average pop song really, with the song not stretching Jordin's powerful vocals at all. I do like it on as background music as its a very easy-listening track but it's not the best on the album, particularly when it comes to the vocal performance. 3/5
One Step At A Time: The third released single from Jordin's album, this song is again a typical pop number but I quite like this one. It has a good beat, and it's hard not to listen and not tap your feet to it. Quite a positive song, the lyrics are actually good when you listen to them in depth and Jordin's voice very much suits this song. She's able to let loose some of those high notes without overpowering the song and thats what makes it listenable. 3/5
No Air: This is Jordin's most popular song in the UK, possibly because of the inclusion of young male singer Chris Brown into the mix. Despite that, this is definitely my favourite song on the album and one of my favourite's of 2008 as a whole. It's a real pop/R n B number and is a ballad which is sung beautifully by both Jordin and Chris. Their voices complement each other really well and the power in Jordin's voice is balanced perfectly with Chris' soft male vocals. A real joy to listen to, and the best song on the album. 5/5
Freeze: Opinion seems to be really split about this song, but I absolutely love it, and it's a close second behind No Air for me as the best song on the album. I actually heard this in HMV whilst browsing and had to jot down the lyrics as I loved the song and was surprised to see it's a Jordin Sparks song. The beat is incredibly prominent throughout this song, and makes the track stand out from other pop songs. Jordin's voice seems soft on the choruses and blends nicely with the strong beat, but she belts out the chorus with such power it's brilliant. It's very distinctive because its unusual chorus and is a winner for me. 5/5
Shy Boy: Departing from the straight up pop songs with its electro-sounding intro, this song is most definitely different from the first four songs. It seems like there's less singing on this song for Jordin yet which means it doesn't really sound that much like her as it sounds somewhat synthesised vocally but still it's very good. It's chorus and verse seem to blend together but it works with this song, which again is led by its catchy beat. 3/5
Now You Tell Me: This one starts out like it's going to be our first real ballad on this album yet by the chorus we get more strong drums (sensing a theme yet?) with some good vocals yet Jordin isn't given enough to work with. It's an very average song and one I can probably skip when I'm listening to the album in my car. Again, I feel this really could have showcased Jordin's powerful voice more towards the end but sort of just drops off without any of that, and consequently its a tad disappointing. 2/5
Next To You: Another slow song follows with 'Next To You'. Again it sounds like Jordin is holding back with those vocals, so much so that those loud drums are overpowering her voice in the chorus which is quite annoying. I really like the lyrics of this song but feel that again vocally it's not the best song in terms of vocals. The melody is relaxing and is a nice listen but I wish Jordin was able to let it go a bit more for this one. 2/5
Just For The Record: Another medium-tempo number which fits nicely in with the sound of the album so far. It starts off quiet but builds up into the verse with a catchy sounding chorus that we hear glimmers of Jordin's voice but still feels held back. I do like the melody in the chorus however, but its still very much an album track. The lyrics are very much lovey-dovey and Jordin sings with real emotion which is what makes this song better than its predecessor for me. 3/5
Permanent Monday: When this track came on when I was listening to the album, my first thought was "what on earth is a Kelly Clarkson song doing on my Jordin Sparks album?". It sounds so much like Kelly that its quite uncanny actually, but still I love it. Again another slow start for this song and a nice powerful deep vocal for Jordin which is a bit different to the previous songs. It's much rockier with a powerful chorus and heavy beat. The strong chorus does allow Jordin to belt out those notes well, and this is one of the few tracks on the album where we really hear Jordin let go and blast out that voice. 4/5
Young and In Love: Kooky - that's the best way to describe this odd song. I'll admit I wasn't fond of it at all when I first listened but it's a real grower and now I love it. Again her vocal is somewhat synthesised so you can't tell at first listen who is singing, but the chorus saves the whole song for me. It's got a catchy melody, with a brilliant electro sound over it with its odd track as well. Odd but different and I really like it, nice to see Jordin trying something a bit different. 4.5/5
See My Side: At first listen, you'd think this had a child's lullaby beginning because it's very "plinky-plonky" (techincal hey?!) and sweet, and Jordin's softly-softly vocal works well with that. However, I just don't like this song at all. It never really seem to go anywhere and is a bit of a bore to be honest. I am actually scared that it could send me to sleep when I'm driving. This is probably the only song on the album I actually intentionally skip, and it's wishy-washiness does NOT wash with me. Dull, dull, dull. 1/5
God Loves Ugly: As this one is right at the end of the album, I will be honest and say that I haven't listened to this one anywhere near as much as the others so haven't got too much of an opinion of it, possibly because its another sickly ballad like See My Side. Vocally, it's not at all strong with Jordin having to restrain that powerhouse voice to match the softness of the track, but it just doesn't work for me. Not a favourite at all, and bores me a bit to be honest. I'd have thought from the title it'd be an inspirational song but no, sadly not. 1/5
This is My Now: This was Jordin's winners single, her first release in America after she won Season 6 of American Idol. While it is the typical sort of power ballad with "deep and meaningful lyrics" (I'm thinking "A Moment Like This", "It's My Goal" and "Hallelujah" here people) it is actually one of my favourite winners singles. It is probably the only song to really show us Jordin's voice completely from its soft beginning to the powerful ending where Jordin lets go and finally lets us hear her REALLY sing. It's a shame they've left until last because it's brilliant and deserves to be at the beginning with the much stronger songs.
This album is definitely a mixed bag with some really good songs but there are a couple of real duds on there as well. Luckily for Jordin though, the good songs far outweigh the bad and I could easily listen to the first half of this album frequently. In fact, its one of the only ones which is in my CD player in my car a lot as I really enjoy listening to it. Jordin's voice is fantastic, especially for her age, but I do wish she was allowed to show off its power and strength a lot more on the album. Perhaps her second offering will be stronger and contain even more great musical material. I'd definitely recommend it if you're into pop music as there's a nice variety on there to suit everyone.
Available on Amazon.co.uk for £6.98. Released in April 2008 on the '19' label.
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Now I don't know if I'm the right person to be reviewing this CD as it's not my type of music, but I borrowed this CD from a friend as I enjoyed her music on American Idol but I dind't know if she would be as good.
Who is Jordin Sparks?
Jordin Sparks is a 18 year old American pop/RnB singer from America, the sixth season of American Idol was what she found fame in, when she found herself being the youngest ever winner of the show at just 17 years old.
She released this album in 2008, here is my review:
Track 1: Tattoo
I like this song, I hate when she goes hey at the beginning it makes the song sound really tacky, however I really do love the drum beat throughout the track. Her voice is amazing, I didn't think she deserved to win on American Idol, but I think I might change my mind at the moment.
I remember the first time I heard this song and it was on MTV and I was watching the video which is very brilliantly done, and fits with the song. I really think this is a great start to the album, her voice is not ever going to be the best voice ever known, however it is pleasant to listen to and this song is just brilliant.
A very catchy and nice track to listen to, a great start to hopefully a good album.
Track 2: One Step at a Time
This is another track that I saw the video to in the first place, I remember that I liked it because they were walking to the drum beat, however the song in my opinion wasn't fantastic, for me her vocals were brilliant on American Idol, however she wasn't good at songs like this, her main calling is ballads or songs like Tattoo where she can show off her vocal range.
This is a good song however, but I was more interested in the drum beat throughout than her voice, despite the fact her voice wasn't brilliantly powerful and I don't like how the song goes, I did find it very catchy and listenable.
Track 3: No Air
I knew if I reviewed this album, I would have to review this song. I hate it right out, I can't stand Chris Brown, and of course this song features him and that's what makes it good. I'm going to ignore Mr Nasal as he is called in my eyes, and concentrate on Jordan and the music.
I do love the beat to this track, I think the midi file would sound brilliant and Jordin's voice works brilliantly with the song she is given and she takes so much away from Mr Nasal it is almost, almost bareable to listen to. This is the track that got Jordin Sparks known and good on her, it is a good production, she could have shown off her vocal range that I know she has a little more, but she is powerful within this track.
Track 4: Freeze
So far the highlight of this album for me, has been the base line beat throughout the tracks and this is no exception, however I hate some parts of it. As like quite a few people who might be listening to the album, will know how powerful Jordin's voice is, but this song is probably the best to show off this however it is the weakest on the track so far, even behind No Air.
The fact that it is weak is the fact that I will never listen to it again, this is because of the chorus when they sing Freeze, god this is painful to listen to. I am disappointed that she hasn't let go, but I think this song would be brilliant without that Freeze bit through the track.
Track 5: Shy Boy
I love the start of this song, the beat again is just amazing, however I think her vocals are quite weak in this song, it doesn't sound like her. I think this could be counted as a disadvantage for Sparks, because if I heard this song on the radio, I would probably not only turn it over, but I wouldn't realise it was Sparks at all.
Think she could do better, her vocals are not up to par on this track and it's the weakest track so far, but still it fits in with the rest of the album.
Track 6: Now You Tell Me
We almost get a ballad within this album, it's a lot slower than the other tracks, she has tried to do an RnB track with a different style and for me it doesn't work brilliantly. If you are going to do a slow song then don't go for the RnB style as well cause it just doesn't work.
The drum beat in the background doesn't work with her voice which like always is just good, that's the one problem I have with the album so far, I know how powerful her voice is and I know how good her vocal range is, but no, you don't really get to hear that in this album, you get little glimmers in this song, but for me, none of this song works well together.
Track 7: Next To You
When it first starts it sounds like another RnB slow song, but the beat unlike the previous song actually sounds pretty good, however of course, where the hell is her voice? I really am starting to get annoyed with the fact she is holding back with her vocals, as she can sing way better than this, you can hear it on other songs on the album, but she's almost pulling back with this track and letting the music overpower her.
This song had the potential to be the best on the album however her voice was no where near good enough and to be honest the song bored me.
Track 8: Just For The Record
Another sap love song, I have to say I've had enough of these tracks. Again though her voice is overpowered by the rest of the music and the song is very boring and it would be one that I would skip over as it's just quite a boring and predictable track that is a waste of my time.
A good sung song, however it's too sappy and it's not fun to listen to.
Track 9: Permanent Monday
At the start this sounds really good, it starts quite acoustically, and Jordin's voice is shining, it's not the best I've heard her but it's still good. It's probably the slowest song on the album and for me, this is when Jordin shines but of course, she doesn't let it all go, it's like someone told her to pull her voice back a bit and not show her vocal range, and for me this is a great disappointment.
This is a nice song to listen to but I have to say, like the previous track it's quite boring and I'm pretty sure I won't be listening to it again and this is one of the best on the album.
Track 10: Young and In Love
I was just about to call up the record company and say they the bloody let Britney sing this song as this who she sounds like. It's awful, really awful; they have put synthesisers on the track which makes it even worse.
Why does she go for songs like this? She has a very soulful voice but then she lets her voice be drowned out and lets it sound like this, another bummer track.
Track 11: See My Side
Not really expecting much, let me guess what this track is going to be? RnB, techno and boring, well it's another slowish song, the xylophone in the background sounds awful, don't think I've ever heard one of these being use in a modern track, but yes Jordin has done so.
The song is not enjoyable to listen to, her voice is pulled back and she hasn't shown off her pipes to say the least, just a boring track which is nowhere near going to be a hit or anything like that.
Track 12: God Loves Ugly
In this song, Jordin is talking about someone telling her she is not pretty. From what I've heard in the media, I think she is talking about the press, I know a lot of people said she was fat and was not a good role model for young girls. I have to disagree, I would rather look like Jordin than bloody Britney or something like that.
This song is nice, however there is something missing, nothing seems to gel, I think this song could have been done acoustically or something, as for me it's ruined by the instrumentals and the choir and stuff like that. An okay song, not brilliant however.
Track 13: This is My Now
This is a good song which is not brilliant, I recognise this song and have a feeling this was the song she released after Idol or something like that, but this is probably the most powerful vocal on the whole album, and for me she doesn't sing as brilliantly as I know she can in this track.
Another great song, and her vocals are so much more powerful than they are on other tracks, but it doesn't gel as much as I would like. An okay album, not brilliant to say the least.
Jordin follows in the footsteps of some fantastic singers, and for me when she won, she was too young, too juvenile to cope with not only producing an amazing album but to cope with the media. She was like a moth to a flame with the media as soon as she became known, with them saying she was fat and not a good role model and you can hear a lot of her hurt within this album.
For me Jordin as the youngest ever winner of Idol, was always likeable on the show. I enjoyed listening to her sing and everything like that, but for me, Season 6 was the weakest Idol yet as the two in the final were just okay, Jordin could sing well, but I had heard it all before.
I had managed to borrow this CD from a friend who seems to have all Idol CD's and I have already given this CD back to her, even before I have written the opinion, not only will I not be willing to listen to the album again, but I won't be putting any of the songs onto the album.
The album is really spilt into two different genres, you have the RnB section which you can hear at the start of the album and then she goes into what I thought would be the best part for her and that is the ballad type music however, in the end it turns out the songs I almost enjoyed were at the beginning and were RnB style songs.
For me there are only two great songs on the album, Tattoo is brilliant, I already have that on my IPod but however I can't believe I'm saying this but her duet with Mr Nasal aka Chris Brown, who can't sing for anything, was actually one of the best on the album.
For me the biggest letdown was the fact she didn't show of her voice enough, she has strong pipes however she just lets her voice be pulled back or overshadowed.
You have heard it all before with this singer, to compare her to her other Idol contenstants, she is a mix of Kelly Clarkson, Fantastia and Jennifer Hudson, however like them she doesn't show off her powerful voice, she is almost afraid to let go and for me, that makes this album a waste of space I have to say.
I have to say I didn't even notice that she had any good lyrics in the whole album so they can't have been that good at all. I have to say the idea behind the Tattoo lyrics and the video produced is very good, so this is one good point about the lyrics.
Quality & Consistency of Tracks
This is another CD where it is again one hit and the rest are all pretty bad I have to say, the song Tattoo has to be my favourite, and I have to admit I did think No Air was good, even with Mr Nasal. It's a shame that this album wasn't very good because I was expecting quite a lot from her.
Value For Money
You can get the album for £6.98 and in my opinion it is not very good value for money, this is because there is one or two songs that sound bareable, the album is way too juvenile and alright to be counted as a good album, so it is not very good value for money, I think if it gets to about £3 then maybe you might as well take a listen.
Should You Buy The Album?
It's very juvenile album and this is one of the reasons I wasn't a fan of her in the first place when she won Idol and she has pulled of some good songs. For me I think she should do what Kelly Clarkson did and pull away from her record company as they seem to be letting her create some quite awful tracks.
Hope this helps
Jordin Sparks first came to light in the sixth series of reality television show American Idol. On 23 May 2007, Jordin Sparks became the youngest ever winner, at an age of just seventeen.
Now I am a huge fan of American Idol and did want Jordin to win. So when her self-titled album was released, I had to buy it. And I honestly adore it, it's definitely one of my favourites.
Okay so let's get talking about the tracks.
2. One Step at a Time
3. No Air with Chris Brown
5. Shy Boy
6. Now You Tell Me
7. Next To You
8. Just For The Record
9. Permanent Monday
10. Young And In Love
11. See My Side
12. God Loves Ugly
The album kicks off with Jordin's second single 'Tattoo', an incredibly catchy tune. It's a typical heartbreak song about how your ex is still in your heart. I make it sound rubbish but it's actually a fantastic song and is sure to have you singing along from the moment you hear it. Second is her third single 'One Step At A Time', again another really catchy one. From the opening footsteps and 'dadada', you just know you're going to love this song. Third is Jordin's fantastic duet with singer Chris Brown. This has been a hit all over the world and although some find it irritating, I love it! The single sales speak for themselves. Next up is 'Freeze', a song with a heavy beat and what can only be described as xylophones. A few squeaky ''Freeeeze!'', slightly ruins this song I think. However, it's a really good song still. 'Shy Boy', is yet another different sound, using the same xylophone noises. This song has a slightly robotic feel to it. The song says how she doesn't want a rock boy, fly boy etc, but just a shy boy. It's again, a good song. 'Now You Tell Me' kicks off a stream of slower love songs. Pianos for the verse, with a slightly heavier drum beat for the chorus. It's not your typical slow love song. 'Just For The Record', is more of a typical love song, with a country edge and whistling sounds. This song really shows off Jordin's vocal ability. 'Permanent Monday' is another slightly 'countryish' song, she's definitely drawn some inspiration from Carrie Underwood (Previous AI winner). We can all relate to this song, as no one likes Mondays! 'Young And In Love' is a blend of both parts of the album. It's a love song but without the slowness, there's tons of funky beats in this song. It kind of reminds me of a Eurovision song to be honest, but in a good way. 'See My Side' is the penultimate song, yet another love song, and again a mixture of the slower and more up tempo. It starts with what sounds like harps and then flows into more of an R&B format. Last up is 'God Loves Ugly'. As Jordin has always let her fans know she's a Christian, i'm quite surprised more of her album isn't God orientated. However, there's only the one song that mentions God. This song is one everyone can relate to. When people put you down and you feel 'ugly', she's letting us know God loves us. I'm not religious in the slightest but this is one of my favourites on the album.
Overall, as you can probably tell, I do actually love this album. It's really difficult to pick fault with it as I do love every song on this CD. My favourites are Freeze, No Air, One Step At A Time and God Loves Ugly. But I'd happily listen to this album forever. It's really worth it. Don't be put off by the whole reality TV thing, she's a talent and I'm sure she's going to make it huge!
I for one am extremely excited for her next album to be released in 2009!
After hearing 'No Air' played time and time again on my local radio station, I thought it was about time I purchased Jordin Sparks' self-titled debut album. It was reduced in Woolworths to £10.99 so I grabbed myself a copy. I've never watched American Idol but I know Jordin Sparks won the show in 2007, aged just 17. She is a pop artist and has achieved huge success in America. I've just uploaded the CD to iTunes and I will review it as I hear the tracks.
Track 1 - Tattoo: This was Jordin Sparks' debut single and although I've not heard it before, I feel it's familiar. I know what it is! This sounds just like Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' one of my all time favourite songs. It's certainly impressing me and it's so hard to believe how young this girl is. There is so much power in her voice and it reminds me of that of Shania Twain, just much smoother and more suited to the pop genre.
The track starts off at a rather slow tempo, but the pace quickens as the song proceeds into the catchy chorus. Many albums begin with a slow introductory song but Jordin Sparks seems to have put her best song right at the start of the album. I hope she has kept up the high standard with the rest of the album.
-Song Rating *****/*****
Track 2 - One Step At A Time: The song starts rolling out and it sounds like a nursery rhyme. This is definitely not a good start to the track. The weird humming by Jordin does nothing to impress me. It improves slightly as it continues and it has a good RnB feel to it. I don't think anything about this track makes Jordin Sparks stand out. The vocals are good but sound quite uneasy and overall it's rather dull. Oh no Jordin! Let's hope the next track's better!
-Song Rating **/*****
Track 3 - No Air: Oh yes! I can't fault this track as I absolutely love it. It's a duet with Chris Brown and the two young artists' singing is effortless. Their voices compliment each others beautifully and this song is a real treasure. I love singing along to this song and it brings back great memories of the summer.
-Song Rating *****/*****
Track 4 - Freeze: The vocals on this song are great but the song itself is rather dull. Jordin Sparks is repeatedly screeching 'Freeze' in a rather annoying tone and mid-way into the track all I want to do is 'freeze' it. I'm disappointed by this and I actually hated every minute of listening to it! Not for me I'm afraid.
-Song Rating */*****
Track 5 - Shy Boy: The opening electric sound to this track is a bit annoying and sounds very 90's. As the track continues, it does get slightly better but I find Jordin Spark's voice quite annoying to listen to on this track. The beat is good but in this track all I hear is a 17 year old girl with a voice lacking vocal maturity. I can imagine young girls liking this pop/RnB style music but it's certainly not my thing.
-Song Rating **/*****
Track 6 - Now You Tell Me: This song is marginally better than tracks 4 & 5. It has a slow tempo and the rhythm makes it quite pleasant to listen to. It certainly isn't a show stopping piece though.
-Song Rating ***/*****
Track 7 - Next To You: This song shows off a very different range in Jordin Sparks' voice. It reminds me of some of Mariah Carey's songs, in her younger days. I think this song shows off Jordin's great talent although this ballad isn't anything to rave about. I really don't like the end of the song though. By three-quarters through I couldn't wait for it to end.
-Song Rating ***/*****
Track 8 - Just For The Record: I really like this track which is a bit of a relief. After the past few I was beginning to think I'd wasted £10.99 on a dull album. Although this doesn't make up for all the tracks that haven't impressed me, I could certainly listen to this a few times through. Jordin's voice sounds really pure in this track and I prefer this to many of the other songs which I imagine would be more popular amongst little girls.
-Song Rating ****/*****
Track 9 - Permanent Monday: I'm not in the mood to listen to depressing music right now so this song isn't grabbing me and fails to impress. I have to say though that I will try playing this one if I'm having a bit of a down day but right now I'm in the mood for happy music to chill out to.
The song does seem quite good though and reminds me of the sort of tracks offered by previous American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson. I can't help but feeling though that Kelly Clarkson would do a better job with this song.
-Song Rating ***/*****
Track 10 - Young And In Love: This track's better! It has a great modern sound which brings Jordin in to the current era. The rhythm does get slightly monotonous but overall I like it. It's still not a winning track though and can in no way compare with the likes of 'Tattoo' and 'No Air'
-Song Rating ***/*****
Track 11 - See My Side: I don't think Jordin Sparks has the right type of voice for this slow number. I'm really not feeling it!
-Song Rating */*****
Track 12 - God Loves Ugly: By this point I'm almost giving up with the album and if it wasn't for me writing this review, I would put something better on long ago. This starts off very slow and so far I don't think I'm going to like it. I didn't like the title for a start and the song itself isn't much better. This is definitely the worst song so far. It seems to get worse as it goes on, this album. Let's hope she can redeem herself slightly with the last track.
-Song Rating */*****
Track 13 - This Is My Now: This is another ballad and I quite like it. Jordin Sparks sounds really relaxed and this is an OK song.
-Song Rating ****/*****
I wouldn't advise anyone to purchase this; in fact I would discourage them. It's dull, boring and apart from 2 or 3 songs there is nothing great. A disappointment from Jordin Sparks. Her voice is good though so perhaps in the future we'll see something better.
After Jordin Sparks won American Idol in 2007, the pressure was on to deliver an album which could match the crossover appeal and subsequent success of those by previous winners, namely Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson and Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood. However, Kelly is a pop-rocker and Carrie does countrified pop - can Jordin sell as well as those two lovely ladies when her genre is more of-the-moment, teen-aimed pure pop?
The record kicks of with Tattoo, also the lead single, a Stargate-produced number in the vein of Beyonce's smash hit Irreplacable in terms of production values. It's certainly a good way to kick things off; the 'just like a tattoo, i'll always have you' hook is as catchy as they come and Jordin's well-delivered, emotional vocal matches perfectly with the slightly-electronic midtempo beat. The song was a hit in the US and Australia and acts as a good introduction to the music of miss Sparks, affectionately tagged J-Speezy by some loyal fans. One Step At A Time follows, and continues in largely the same vein; tinkling, soft production with warm vocals layered on top. The song's sentiment is lovely; Jordin encourages her audience that whatever their ambition or aim in life is, 'it's gonna happen when it's supposed to happen - one step at a time'. Although with this album my favourites change all the time, One Step was my personal preference for a long while; it's a thing of subtlest beauty and is well on it's way to being another hit for miss Sparks, already having dented the US Top 40.
The album's biggest hit follows; No Air is a duet with Chris Brown, a perfect pairing given both artists' appeal to the older teen audience and their similarly soothing vocals. The harmonies are gorgeousness defined, and the 'tell me how I'm sposed to breathe with no air' lyric is inspired. Jordin didn't contribute to the writing of the album, but it'll be interesting to see whether she does so next time around, when rewarded with more time to put out a record. Either way No Air is a true hit; exploding on charts around the globe, and with good reason. It is a true anthem, so melodic and atmospheric in it's sound. Next is Freeze, a true standout with production so stunning that it deserves to win multiple awards. Over a muffled, swooshing beat with alarm sounds layered in, Jordin's already-beautiful vocal is manipulated to sound other-worldly. The whole song is so earth-shatteringly futuristic sounding without even seeming to try that the listener is left wondering just how anybody was inspired enough to come up with such a masterpiece. However it arose, it's a bloody good thing because Freeze is a future global smash which will truly affirm Jordin's name as a real American Idol.
Shy Boy is the first of three tracks on the record produced by Scandinavian electro-pop gods Bloodshy & Avant. The result is, in the best way, exactly what you'd expect of the collaberation, all electro bleeps and processed, near-robotic vocals. The lyrics verge on ridiculous as Jordin's namechecks the long list of stereotypical men she will not be pressured into going for. The song probably doesn't reflect her true personality to the max, not is it particularly individual - it's incredibly similar to B&A's work with Kylie on her X album, for instance - but it's of-the-moment and the production is stunning. Now You Tell Me follows, and introduces live, indie-rock-esque instrumentation into the mix for the first time. Jordin's relaxed vocal owns the guitar- and drum-filled backing track and the end result is lovely, a song big-sounding and yet laid-back in equal measure with a catchy hook to boot.
Next To You is a downtempo number which borders on balladry and features gorgeous lyrics on the topic of a teen romance - 'told my girl that you thought I was out of your league; what a fool, I've gotta get next to you'. The song evokes simpler times when sex wasn't on the menu and the only worry was finding a way to tell that special somebody how you feel for them, and Jordin and her team of writers should be applauded for the beauty of it all. Just For The Record features a melodic chorus on which Jordin elongates her words; the sound is summery and joyous and typical of the album in general. Jordin clearly excels at light, poppy numbers with a positive message and an upbeat vibe. Permanent Monday is the album's first real negative, a poorly-paced song with a forgettable chorus but cute lyrics. It's by no means bad but it pales in comparison with the far-superior slower works already experienced on the album.
The Bloodshy & Avant body of work continues next in the form of Young And In Love, a truly fabulous electro-pop number with all of the expected bloops and bleeps and a huge, addictive chorus which sees J-Speezy triumphantly pose the question 'who are they to decide if it's wrong, if it's right, to be young and in love like that?'. The coldness of the vocals in the verses balance perfectly with the more passionate sound of the chorus. This is an improvement on Shy Boy in that it's a more natural-sounding combination of a pure pop singer over synthesised bleeps. See My Side is the final B&A number, and completely untypical of their body of work. It's a near-ballad with a hugely fabulous beat which loops an explosion-esque sound. The vocals are broken down one syllable at a time in the chorus, as Jordin bargains 'see-my-side, and I'll see-yours-better'. The entire song has an almost lullaby-like quality which is cute and charming in massive doses; it's a definite highlight.
The final two tracks sadly bring the album to a close with a thud to the ground; God Loves Ugly is a cringingly-bad, overly-predictable effort with a message so cheesy that Edam probably wouldn't hold a candle to it, and This Is My Now is typical, generic Idol-winner's song fare with the usual I've-finally-got-to-where-I-always-wanted-to-be message, although Jordin can't pull it off so well given that she's only 17 years old. It also features cryingly boring production and in an ideal world could have been left off the album, although being a mere bonus track is perhaps rejection enough.
The album is a surprisingly wonderful effort, especially given Jordin's age. What she doesn't add to the set in terms of self-contributed lyrics she makes up for with a big, warm personality which splashes itself all over every song. This is perhaps the key to miss Sparks; she's loveable, and with this quality in mind is well on her way to becoming a genuine popstar who is here to stay...
...and few popstars can boast a debut album as brilliant as this.
I went through a bit of a crazy stage last weekend with my ipod and decided it needed a thorough revamp which resulted in me downloading about a dozen new albums. One of the albums I came across was that of 18 year old Jordin Sparks. I'd never actually heard of her as I don't follow the show but came across one of her song's on a local radio station and instantly loved it.
Who is she?
Jordin Sparks is from Arizona in America and found her fame within the music industry as a contestant on the sixth series of American Idol. She shot to fame more so when she won the show back in May 2007 after a successful run on the show where she was never in the bottom two. Her album was released back in November in America and she's released four singles from it over there. It only went on sale in the UK back in April and her first single "Tattoo" is proving quite popular on radio stations over here already despite only reaching position 50 in our charts.
The overall sound of the album is undeniably American pop and very similar to the early releases of artists such as Delta Goodrem and Jessica Simpson. Despite her being advertised as an r n b star I'd argue that the majority of these songs fall more into the soft pop arena, they're all enjoyable yet quite softly sung and not overly upbeat. The album has fourteen songs in total which is quite a good number considering my aversion to artists that only release short albums!
"Tattoo" is the first track on the album and her first single over here in the UK. It could easily be sung by any pop princess, her voice is melodic and perfectly suited to this type of music and at times she does try to inject a little soul into it. Although it's not the most memorable of songs I must have only heard it on the radio once or twice before I found myself singing along and wondering who it was by. It definitely reminds me of the type of music that Atomic Kitten used to sing.
The second track on this album is "One Step at a Time" which is slightly more upbeat sounding that the previous track and is arguably as infectious. It is however one of those songs that are a bit sickly sweet and is clearly aimed at the young teenage market as it has a very strong message throughout; don't try to rush, especially when falling in love, just take one step at a time. Despite that educating notion towards the track it is quite a likeable song.
"No Air" is one of my favourite tracks on the album and clearly attempts to delve more into the r n b field as it's a duet with American artist Chris Brown. Despite this fact it's not what I'd have expected of him, it is a little wishy washy a bit like the previous track and very slow in both mood and tempo. The chorus speeds up a tiny bit and I really think they could have made more of this, from hearing about the show she definitely has a powerful voice but it's all but wasted on these first three tracks.
"Freeze" sounds a little more Britney Spears-esque before she delved into the fully sexy artist mode, there seems to be a little more substance to it and it certainly sounds a little more seductive. Despite this fact it never really gets going, from the opening I expected it to really take off but it remains within the safe and slow pop field. "Shy Boy" opens in a similar way but attempts to venture into a more r n b dance track and fails quite considerably really.
"Now You Tell Me" is a beautifully sung melodic ballad which typically reminds me of Delta Goodrem, it's got that same sense of innocence to it. Surprisingly the chorus really does pick up in this track and is actually quite uplifting, there's also a hint of anger to the lyrics which make a refreshing change and allow her to inject some emotion into the track. "Next to You" is very similar, except it lacks the body of the previous track, as is "Just for the Record."
"Permanent Monday" has a more Kelly Clarkson feel to it with a slightly darker tone to the track and a bleaker feel to her voice. After that we have "Young and in Love" which attempts the Britney Spears r n b type sound again before being completely trampled down by "See My Side" and "God Loves Ugly" which are both wishy washy ballads. Finally we reach the end of the album with "Worth the Wait" and "This is My Now" which was the song that she released after winning - very similar to the majority of songs released by pop idol winners; inspirational to a certain extent before becoming getting very dull after a few plays.
As you can tell this is quite a brief review compared to some of my other album reviews and I think this reflects my general feelings towards the album. I wouldn't say it's a bad album by any means but it's certainly targeted towards female teenagers who like their pure and soft pop music. If you do like Delta Goodrem or Jessica Simpson then I'd certainly recommend you give this a listen, she has a lovely pure sounding voice but after listening to the first four tracks I was ready to switch off. It'll no doubt stay on my ipod but I doubt it will be played much for fear of falling asleep with the lack of life and sheer monotony of it!
Thanks for reading!
"When I look at Jordin I see diabetes, I see heart disease, I see high cholesterol" - MeMe Roth
Whilst when we get a winner of our reality music competitions they manage to dominate the charts, at least for a few weeks following their victory, the UK has been more reluctant to grab hold of America's reality show winners. That's not to say they love anything we've came up with from 'X-Factor', as Simon Cowell is still working hard on his campaign to feed Leona Lewis to the larger audience. Jordin Sparks became the sixth winner of American Idol in 2007, and they are now on their seventh season - this is a show the same as 'Pop Idol', which we tired of after just two seasons yet across the pond the competition still manages to garner record ratings. The most well known of these American Idol winners is probably the original winner, Kelly Clarkson, who had some modest success here.. however, now Jordin Sparks shall be trying to 'crack the UK' with a different genre of music in mind.
At just the tender age of 17, Jordin was the youngest winner in history, however being so young didn't mean she missed her fair share of controversy. The National Action Against Obesity group sensationally claimed that Jordin was not a vision of health, and rather of 'unhealth', and was a reflection of todays compromised health society. On her audition that would see her qualify to the Hollywood round of the show, Simon Cowell criticized her for being, 'too cute'. Despite all this, upon her victory Jordin became the first winner to sign to Jive Records, famous for also being Britney Spears' label. 'Jordin Sparks' is the name of her self-titled debut album, released worldwide in November '07 yet getting absolutely no exposure or promotion in the UK. This was a quickly produced album, aproximately six months, compared to the almost a year Cowell spent working with Leona Lewis. Critical response was very positive, with the album peaking at #10 in the US chart.
"Idol has crowned winners with even bigger voices, but it hasn't given us a one who's any easier on the ears" - E! Weekly
1. Tattoo (3.54)
2. One Step at a Time (3.26)
3. No Air ft. Chris Brown (4.24)
4. Freeze (4.13)
5. Shy Boy (3.22)
6. Now You Tell Me (3.07)
7. Next to You (3.17)
8. Just for the Record (3.56)
9. Permanent Monday (4.12)
10. Young and in Love (3.24)
11. See My Side (3.44)
12. God Loves Ugly (4.15)
13. This Is My Now (3.51)
Similar to how Leona Lewis' album, 'Spirit', featured her X-Factor winner single as a bonus track, 'This is my Now' was the winners single from American Idol 6. The track was the winner of a songwriting competition of which thousands entered, and was actually the first time I heard Jordin as the winning performance was all over YouTube. During the final, Cowell famously said that Jordin's performance wiped the floor with her opponent, sounds familiar? This then prompted complaints that the song was better suited to Jordin, who went on to be only the second winner not to peak at #1 with a winners track. 'This is my Now' only peaked at #15, although this could be put down to the track only being released digitally. Everything about the song is exactly the same formula that you see from winners singles.
'Tattoo' would be the first real single release, and the head track to the album, which out did her winners single peaking at #8 in the US charts and #3 in Canada. An official release to the UK market is expected late March '08. Written by the same team that has worked with Beyonce Knowles and Ne-Yo, as well as writing the worldwide hit, "You're Beautiful" for James Blunt, the premise behind the song is of someones love sticking with her like a tattoo. Whilst many had this down as a definate chart topper, criticism came saying the song was too similar to 'Irreplaceable' - Beyonce and a mix of Rihanna and JoJo records. Despite not being true R&B, featuring guitar melodies, the video is getting airplay on MTV Base.
"If I should die before I wake, it's cause you took my breath away" - Jordin Spark featuring Chris Brown
'No Air' is without a doubt one of my favourite tracks on the album, as it features the perfect partner for her in 18 year-old Chris Brown, who is famed for his performance of 'Thriller' at the World Music Awards as well as now Rihanna's new bit on the side. Whilst many could say that singing about someone leaving meaning you can't breath is every bit as cheesy as her first two singles, there is something that works incredibly well about this ballad, and I'm sure it's working exactly how they hoped it would for the young audience. The longest track on the album, I love every second of it, and definitly had to be the second single release. Still fairly new to the US chart, its current peak is #13, making it Jordin's second biggest success and showing there is more appeal to the artist from her debut album rather than just her weekly appearances on American Idol.
There are still ten other tracks to discuss on the album, as if her three releases don't make this worth the money alone. Production appears to have been done to a near perfect level on this album, with tracks sounding how you would expect them to, 'Freeze' sounding icey cold. Tracks also have bubbly beats and defining moments that will stay in your head, such as the chorus to 'Shy Boy'. Around track six the album seems to go on a run of slower songs, and as nothing lives up to the standard of 'No Air', things go slightly amiss from 'Now You Tell Me' to 'Permanent Money'. I think 'Young and in Love' sounds like a crossover between a Britney Spears and a Hiliary Duff song, but that could potentially lead to being material for a third single release from the album. Obviously the management team behind Sparks think a lot of people that voted for her to win were the younger audience, and that is representative of an album that is mostly about love, with 'God Loves Ugly' thrown in at the finish as a feel-good song for those who do not feel the most beautiful and also expresses Jordin's religious beliefs. Jordin Sparks won the Best New Artist award from the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. I thought the word 'coloured' was racist.