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Paige, Jennifer - 2001 Positively Somewhere


JENNIFER PAIGE - POSITIVELY SOMEWHERE (2001, HOLLYWOOD RECORDS)
Jennifer Paige - vocals

Guests:
Guitars - Tim Pierce, Mark Shulman, Russ Desalvo, Kevin Dukes, James Harrah, Sonny Lallerstedt, Jerry MacPherson, Eric Darken
Keyboards - Kim Bullard, Russ Desalvo, Bennett Salvay
Bass - Patrick Carroll, Jackie Street, Freddy Washington, James Gregory, John Pierce
Drums and /Percussion - Alex Acuna, Patrick Carroll, Eric Darken, Michael Urbano, Tony Morra
Cello - Rudy Stein


Background
I think I've just heard one of the potential pathfinders of the melodic rock/pop scene. Perhaps an indicator of where commercial melodic music is headed? Her name is Jennifer Paige. The perfect merger of todays dance oriented genre and heartfelt melodic pop. Not sure how she's managed such an accomplishment, but anyone who can sing with heartbreaking conviction with music swimming in rich melodies is doing bloody well in my books! Talking of books, she takes a literal leaf out of chapters previously read by the likes of Tina Arena, Mariah Carey, and Natalie Imbruglia, and perhaps Britney Spears. The latter not only in sound, but in looks as well. 'Positively Somewhere' is her second effort. While her self titled debut from 1998 spawned the worldwide hit 'Crush', this one takes a new direction, and there's no doubting Jennifer's matured in the process, and learnt a lot from her debut experience. As a result, the new album has been put together with some of the top production houses in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.

The Songs
The music makes a stop at many doors along the melodic neighborhood, multi-dimensional in approach, and is a well produced affair without being overly glossy. There are some exquisite songs here. The dramatic 'Feel So Far Away' has some cool keyboard lines last heard on Seal's debut, followed by the foot tapping 'The Edge', with sonic guitar bursts through the middle. I'm sure the other song to appeal to melodic rockers is 'Stranded'. The chorus has a lot of similarities with the aforementioned Ms Imbruglia. Think 'Torn' and you get real close. The commercial jangle of 'You Get Through' is simple, captivating, and easy on the ear, like Jewel meets the Nelsons in a Coffee House! The high-stepping dance beats of 'Stay The Night' takes a journey back to the eighties a la Paula Abdul, while 'Not This Time', though another dance-stepper, is more modern and contemporary in style. Jennifer's first single is opener 'These Days', and will easily slide into the aural senses of the youth audience via radio, as will the teen angst-ridden 'Here With Me'. Elsewhere, 'The Way Of The World' and the latin infused 'Make Me' will ensure this album gets ample air time on my CD player.

In Summary
'Positively Somewhere' will appeal to a wide audience, such is it's winning charm. It's got a bit of everything.. dance flavour, atmospherics, real instruments (just check out the cast list above), vocal gymnastics, and class songs. You will soon see Jennifer in the movies, playing a singing waitress in the new Disney venture 'The Country Bears', also featuring Christopher Walken, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Don Henley. In the meantime, get absolutely positively acquainted with Miss Paige and this album.

URL: www.jenniferpaige.com

Track Listing:
01 These Days
02 Here With Me
03 Stranded
04 Make Me
05 Way Of The World
06 Not This Time
07 You Get Through
08 Feels So Far Away
09 The Edge
10 Tell Me When
11 Stay The Night
12 Vapor

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 28 2008 14:02:49
The first album was really good, but not that consistent in terms of songs as great as 'Crush'. Will have to investigate this one!
#2 | rostoned on July 28 2008 16:01:35
Always considered her very weak and nothin more than a puppett/doll in the record company's hands, which was briefly a flavor of the month with 'Crush'. Looks it isn't her case, will investigate.
#3 | gdazegod on July 28 2008 18:45:28
This is far better than 'Crush'. By a country mile!
#4 | trillion1999 on October 28 2011 15:35:33
I love Crush(the song).Love this cover that implies this babe is all dressed up in her birthdays finest.Will hear!
 
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