05 6 / 2012
I’m gonna try to make this short… And my English isn’t at its best here…
After the big success her two first singles had in 2009, we were promised a full album that year. The album eventually wasn’t released and instead, she signed a deal with Capitol Record Nashville (a big mistake). It seems like her music career was more important to her back then than it is now. After recording and writing the songs, she released another single and we were promised a full album later that year. And this is where it started going down hill. An EP was released instead and the album was supposed to be released later in 2011. That didn’t happen as well. And then, once again, another single was released and we were promised an album shortly after that. Only in late 2011, she started picking the album cover and tracklisting. Then someone had the stupid idea of STILL not releasing the album and releasing another preview EP in the US only (that caused a lot of illegal downloads online - including myself). Only a few months later, without an announcement from Jennette or Capitol Nashville, we get the full album (which is actually only 3 new songs).
Her fans have waited 3 years for only 10 songs? 3 of them have already been released 2 years ago, the single was released a year ago, and 3 of the 6 new tracks were released a few months earlier. And let’s not forget that 2 tracks that she performed ”Never Let Me Down” & “The Summer Song” are still unavailable. At least they gave us “Broken Umbrella” for free which was nice of them. In my opinion, they should’ve also included “Not That Far Away”, “Never Let Me Down”, “Me With You” and “The Summer Song” - would that be too hard for Capitol to make it a 14-track album and not a 10-track one? With an album that features only 3 new tracks, you can expect a lot of illegal downloads.
Cover and Booklet:
A cover of an album is the first thing that people look at: it’s a first impression of the album. If I didn’t know who Jennette was or what type of genre she sings, I would have been sure she was another pop singer like the rest (because of that cover). I think they should have chosen a pic from her “Not That Far Away” photo shoot as the cover of her album. Also, the booklet has this “disco” kind of feeling in my opinion… I’m happy iTunes changed the cover a little bit and made it less pink-ish.
I follow Jennette McCurdy and Capitol Records Nashville on Twitter, non of them mentioned the album before the day of the release (Jennette did, Capitol didn’t). That’s really bad promotion: an artist should announce the album release date a few months before to get the fans excited and ready to buy it. She has a million followers on Twitter - I’m sure that would have helped the album sales if she tweeted it before. I want her to get the hell out of Capitol Nashville cause they are doing nothing but holding her back (although the make great music together). And something tells me she wants it too. Doesn’t is seem suspicious that she didn’t mention her album until the day of the release. She obviously knew it and saw JustJennette’s tweets about it. Maybe she wants it to flop? Maybe that’s her way of getting signed off from her label? Hmmm…
Finally, The Tracks!
When it comes to the tracks, you can’t say they aren’t good. Some of them are great, some of them are amazing, and some of the are just good. “Generation Love” is one of Jennette’s best songs and a great way to start the album. The lyrics and music are the highlights on it. “Don’t You Just Hate Those People” is one of my favorites by Jennette as well - it’s powerful, has a country feeling in it and the lyrics are funny. I still don’t understand how they put this song after “Generation Love” (this song talks about hate, the other one talks about love). “Break Your Heart”, after listening to it two years I still love it, not as much as I loved it back then, but still love it. “Better” is amazing. I don’t even need an explanation, the song speaks for itself. “Heart of a Child” is so emotional and powerful (like “Better”) and Jennette is at her best in this song when it comes to vocals, but I think it has a little too much elements in it. I can’t explain it, I’m sorry. I wish I could but I can’t… But I still think it’s amazing! “Love Is On The Way” is a great motivational song with a country-rock feeling, Jennette sings great in it too. “Stronger” is an ‘oldie’ and I still like it, even more than I used to before, I’m proud of Jennette for writing this amazing song. “Put Your Arms Around Someone” is another great song that just gives you a happy feeling. I love the instruments in this one the most. “Place to Fall” is like the little and less-successful brother of “Heart of a Child”. I think it sounds a little too similar to it, but I still like it! The album ends with a good feeling: “Have to Say Goodbye” - a great song but not one of my favorites.
Amazing - “Generation Love”, “Hate Those People”, “Better”, “Heart of a Child”, “Broken Umbrella”
Great - “Love is on the Way”
Good - “Place to Fall”, ”Have to Say Goodbye”
I’m still very upset that “Never Let Me Down” wasn’t released. McCurdians should ask Jennette to make it available somehow… Overall, the album’s songs are great and they will the definitely keep being played on my iPod for years…
You’re crazy if you just read all of this…
13 4 / 2012
Time to be Honest (McCurdians, Please don’t hate me):
It was only a matter of time until she stops getting interested in making music. What can you expect? Since she signed to Capitol Nashville her album has been delayed for 2 years now even though the songs were ready to be released. Plus, not a lot of people take her as a serious country artist. She was so enthusiastic about starting her own music career in 2009-10 and in 2011-now it seemed like she isn’t so enthusiastic about it anymore. Too bad… And to be honest, lately I have been prefering her music more than her acting. In seasons 1-3, she was the best on the show. But to me, I think she lost her touch, her edge, in seasons 4-6. So her acting is less important for me than her singing at the moment. She just needs to release her album right after the production of this season of iCarly and before her own TV show starts. After that her fans will be satisfied and she won’t have to answer questions that some of us ask about her album and her music career.
I hope you don’t think I’m being hypocritical by writing this, I just think that after what she wrote I might as well write what I think. Do you agree with me, don’t you? Tell me!
P.S if I have spelling/grammar mistakes I’m sorry! :P