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That Girl (2014)

Artist: Jennifer Nettles
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Format: CD
Sku: 259718111
UPC: 602537525256
UPC 14: 00602537525256
Release Date: 1/14/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Falling
2. Me Without You
3. Moneyball
4. That Girl ~ (previously unreleased)
5. This Angel
6. Jealousy
7. This One's For You
8. Know You Wanna Know
9. Thank You
10. Good Time To Cry
11. Like A Rock
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Matt Sweeney, Smokey Hormel (guitar); Alyssa Park, Michele Richards, Jacqueline Brand , Sara Parkins, Josefina Vergara, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Andrew Duckles (viola); Suzie Katayama, Steve Richards (cello); Chris Bleth (alto flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, oboe); Steve Kujala (alto flute, bass flute); Marty Krystall (clarinet); Brian Scanlon (tenor saxophone); Joel Peskin (baritone saxophone); Dan Fornero, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Gray, Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Joe Meyer (French horn); Steven Holtman, David Stout (trombone); Doug Tornquist (tuba); Ian McLagan (keyboards); Chad Smith (drums); Lenny Castro, Alex Acu¤a (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Andrew Scheps.
Muze PNote Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA.
Muze PNote Editors: Jason Gossman; Dana Nielsen.
Muze PNote Photographer: James Minchin III.
Muze PNote Arranger: David Richard Campbell.
Muze PNote That Girl is Jennifer Nettles' first solo record since she co-founded pop-country's superstar act Sugarland. Produced by Rick Rubin, it's mostly a collection of originals, co-written with some of the music industry's most successful songwriters. For his part, Rubin has chosen a familiar stable of sidemen -- Matt Sweeney, Smokey Hormel, Jason Lader, ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith, Alex Acu¤a, and Lenny Castro -- but his work here is busier than is the norm. Winds, strings, and horns also make appearances. The first single and title track, with its faux Latin groove -- complete with handclaps and congas -- is a left-field pop song kissed by McLagan's B-3 floating about the guitars and bassline until it becomes the driving engine of the tune under her voice. Opener "Falling," initiated by a pair of acoustic guitars, is completely self-written and feels closest to what Nettles has done with Sugarland. It whips itself up into a dynamic anthem with a weave of country and gospel underscoring the song's drama. "Without You" and "This Angel" are essentially acoustic ballads that get painted with strings about midway through. "Moneyball" and "Good Time to Cry" use Southern soul as their jump-off points. That said, they are so self-consciously retro, they feel somewhat restrained by the genre formula. "Jealousy," co-written with Kevin Griffin, is a shiny, breezy, summery pop song kissed by Brazilian rhythms and fluid acoustic guitars. It's also in the R&B camp, but it's modern and more natural in its well-polished yet effective presentation. "This One's for You," a sultry love song co-written with Sara Bareilles, contains a simple melody but showcases a dynamite chart displaying an intricate interplay between piano, electric guitar, and horns as they frame the obvious emotion Nettles puts into the song. These two cuts are the album's finest moments. "Now You Wanna Know," co-written with Richard Marx, is a straight-up barroom rocker with a chanted male backing chorus and driven by McLagan's Jerry Lee Lewis-esque piano. The lone cover is Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" that closes the record and features the Dap Kings' horns. It begins as a stately acoustic ballad, but quickly becomes a crossroads where old-school Southern soul and gospel intersect. It's looser, rawer, inspired, committed: it works. She should use it as an inspiration for her next solo offering. No one doubts the power in Nettles' throaty contralto, but some of these songs feel too calculated or require more subtlety to completely pull off. That said, these simple shortcomings won't -- nor should they -- deter her fans. That Girl was obviously designed to showcase her diversity as a vocalist and songwriter, and to cross over to a pop audience (but don't expect country radio to ignore it) -- more than likely, it will. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Rick Rubin

Engineer: Dana Nielsen; Greg Fidelman; Sean Oakley; Eric Lynn

Artist Overview

Singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles began her recording career as part Soul Miner's Daughter. That pair recorded two albums, received widespread critical notice, and sold respectably. After the band broke up, Nettles created her own band and recorded three solo albums: Story of Your Bones, Gravity: Drag Me Down, and Rewind. At the debut Independent Music Awards, she received the award for Independent Artist of the Year. In 2003, she co-founded Sugarland. After five studio albums and one live recording, Nettles took a break from the band, had a child, and recorded a solo album entitled That Girl with producer Rick Rubin and an all-star cast. It was released in January 2014. ~ Thom Jurek
Artist Influences
Etta James | Janis Joplin

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Have A Nice Day
Muze Music Compilations Have A Nice Day (Tour Edition)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Tuskegee
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5
Muze Music Compilations Modern Love

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/14/2014
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001916302
Music Label Name Label : Mercury
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537525256

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone - "Nettles' voice is brassy enough for Broadway or vulnerableÿenough for college radio, depending on how she chooses to wield it; as a no-frills platform for those pipes, this solo debut satisfies."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Nettles,Jennifer
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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