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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jordin Sparks Benefits From Working With Swedes, Not Clive Davis, On Her Debut

Surprisingly, Jordin Sparks' self-titled debut (out now) is packed with pretty decent pop. In fact, it's almost close to being a solid, sugary-sweet album, but a few by-the-numbers ballads drag it down a bit. Chalk the good tunes up to Jordin working with a bunch of the Swedes (including Robyn collaborator, Klas Åhlund). It's also one of the rare albums from an American Idol winner that isn't tainted by the geriatric hands of Clive Davis.

Is it just coincidence, then, that it's miles ahead of the usual Idol fodder? Here are the tracks to download, in order of pure pop hotness:

"One Step At A Time" - An upbeat dance track that has a beat similar to Ne-Yo's hit from earlier this year, "Because Of You." Interestingly, though both "Because Of You" and Sparks' "Tattoo" were produced by StarGate, this one was crafted by Robbie Nevil, Jonas Jeberg and Cutfather.

"Shy Boy" - A superb, squiggly electro number written by Christian Karlsson, Henrik Jonback, Pontus Winnberg and Klas Åhlund, and produced by Bloodshy & Avant -- the team behind Britney Spears' "Piece Of Me." (Åhlund also wrote and produced Robyn's "Handle Me.")

"Young And In Love" - More electro from the above writers (along with Cathy Dennis) and producers. This one sounds like vintage Madonna.

"No Air" - An epic, sweeping ballad featuring Chris Brown. It's a grand pop duet done the way duets ought to be -- with two young singers crooning atop shimmery synths, handclaps and a soaring, multi-tracked chorus.

"Freeze" - This borders on being a bit of a copy of Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right," but it's still pretty rad. It's the only track Jordin gets a writing credit on. Like current single, "Tattoo," it was co-written by Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, Mikkel S. Erikson and Tor Erik Hermansen, and produced by StarGate.

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  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    From having absolutely no interest in wanting to hear this crazy bitches stuff, I am now 'researching' the mp3's on the internet. If it's good enough to buy and I do just that, they should send you a cheque for commission.

  • At 8:25 AM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    Eh, I'm not into her. I hate when people think that singers who belt out songs have great voices. Vocally, she was all over the place, in a bad way.

    I felt like this whole contest was designed for her to win. Plus, she won the junior Idol competition. She was the look the Idol wanted.

    I think Idol was afraid to let Melinda (who was incredible) win and loose the younger audience like Taylor Hicks did. I mean, do you even her anything from him?

    I saw clips of Jordan at some Pro-life demonstration (before Idol). Really turned me off.

  • At 2:04 PM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    ok this is the third review i have read that i trust that paints her album in a positive light. I may well have to investigate...

  • At 8:17 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Adem & Adem, you might be surprised! The bitch has some jams.

    El Marv, I hear what you're saying, homeslice. I'm didn't watch Idol this season, and didn't pay attention to her at all, but was given a promo and was wowed by it. I couldn't tell you a thing about her as a person, though. Maybe she's into goats and peanut butter?

  • At 12:59 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Well, with "No Air" and this review, color me intrigued by this album! Off to iTunes to sample it is...


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