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Refreshing and progressive
on 28 December 2007
I have to say first off that I nearly didn't buy this album after I read the reviews on amazon.com (I bought the american import). The main reason I am putting a review on is because I think they were way off track, although its only my opinion. The reviews were critical of an album cover of Jordin with too much clothing and the content of the album being rushed, weak material. Many were critical of the lack of power vocals and higher octave notes. It put me right off. I still bought the album and am glad I did. Jordin's debut album is fresh and in many ways brings something new to the market. I think the reviews I read were written by people who mistake power notes for a balanced vocal ability to move effortlessly through a diverse vocal range. There is character in her singing and emotion, and there are plenty of notes at the top of her range. Additionally, they are not there for effect but as part of a crafted vocal arrangement.
The album starts off with Tattoo - this is probably the weakest song for me, although it is contemporary. It just brings nothing new. I still like it. Easy listening. One Step At A Time is an upbeat track which is catchy and energetic, I love the arrangement and Jordin has a strong vocal presence. No Air is my favourite. I love this ballad, its unique and well written and produced. Jordin and Chris sing beautifully together, there is great synergy in the song that makes you believe and feel every part of it. Freeze is a quite different track, upbeat and with strong vocals. Its not something I expected on the album, but its well placed and suited to Jordin. I also love Permanent Monday, which has a very strong writer and producer behind it. Its a powerful and emotive track.
All in all, this is a great debut album doing what a debut should - showing diversity while bringing something new. There is nothing rushed about it and it represents the material you would expect for someone of Jordin's age. The material is great and the maturity in music will come as she develops her amazing vocal talent. I am disappointed that the other reviews I read were so negative, there is a lot to be proud of on this album.