Sunday, June 08, 2008

Album Review : Jesse McCartney "Departure"

1. Leavin’ (8/10) : I love “Beautiful Soul” way more than this song but this song is definitely one of the best from this album or if not the best,it’s explain why this song peaked at #10 on Billboard Hot 100.
2. It’s Over (7/10) : this break-up song which probably will become his 2nd single from this album has a catchy tunes on the chorus although it’s pretty bland on the verse.
3. Rock You Feat. Sean Garrett (4/10) : I can’t stand the rap in this flirty song,it’s pretty much a heavily R&B/hip-hop influenced song ,although I like the occasional female background vocal in this song.
4. How Do You Sleep (8/10) : I love this song,it’s a song about the way he's still longing for his girlfriend and still can’t forget her,the combination of electro mixing and everything is pretty good.
5. Into Ya (1/10) : it’s one of the worst song in this album,it’s almost tuneless and focused too much on the vulgarity of the lyric. I’m sure a hardcore fan of Jesse might be shocked hearing the lyric of this song.
6. Makeup (2/10) : the lyric of this song compliment the natural beauty of girls although he should’ve done a major makeup on the melody of the song because it’s crap.
7. My Baby (5/10) : a song about hoping to date a hot lady but too bad the melody is very mediocre.
8. Told You So (6/10) : I think everybody might've guessed what the story exactly in this song. Yep,you’re right. His girlfriend dumped him and regretted that decision because his new boyfriend is worse than Jesse. I’m afraid this song is a little bit verging on forgettable.
9. Relapse (7/10) : it’s pretty much has the same storyline as “How Do You Sleep” but this one is from the singer’s perspective. Love the chorus, hate the rest.
10. Runnin’ (5/10) : it’s not that he’s afraid of the commitment but something bothers him and makes him wanna run from the relationship,the melody of this song reminds me of Mario “Let Me Love You”.
11. Freaky (6,5/10) : it’s a club song with a short lyric in it,I heard some Steve Brown’s style on the background vocal in this song.
12. Not Your Enemy (8/10) : if you’re searching for a song that reminds you to Jesse’s previous albums,this is the song although it’s a ballad with great violin sound and fantastic vocal from Jesse and the medieval aura in this song makes this song a great soundtrack for movies.

Bonus Tracks (Asian Edition):
13. Bleeding Love (7/10) : I’m not a fan of Leona Lewis’ song although it’s pretty catchy because of constant airing on music channel. Jesse’s original rendition of this song (he wrote this song) falls short of Leona Lewis version because her vocal is way in different league than him and the melody in this song is pretty repetitive especially in the keyboard section.

Overall : this album completely shocks me because it’s major shift from Jesse’s musical history and in this album you get to hear a lot of electro/R&B/Hip-hop influence in almost every song because the producers of this album has been producing many great R&B/hip hop songs. Is it worth it to buy it?? Yes,if you love R&B/hip-hop but think again if you’re a pop music fan like me,many of the songs in this album are not my cup of tea.
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