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This Crazy Life

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Album Review

Way back in 1996, young Joanna Pacitti garnered national attention after she won — and then lost — the title role in Annie for its 20th anniversary tour. After performing the show on the road, Joanna was fired shortly before the opening night on Broadway because she wasn't sufficiently convincing the producers of her acting abilities. Though she took the not-so-subtle clues given to her and retired from acting, that persistent spirit remained strong in her and her former character apparently never died, and by 16 Joanna found herself nicely set up with a record deal from Geffen. The five years it took between then and the release of her debut were allotted so that Joanna could grow and develop as an artist under the tutelage of masters Linda Perry and Diane Warren, among others. Sure enough, This Crazy Life has what a post-Kelly Clarkson pop album should have: plenty of strings, haunting synth grooves, aggressive electric guitar, slick production, a romantic piano ballad, an emo cover, and warm, catchy melodies all around. The opener and the first single, "Let It Slide," starts off with a dark R&B groove that turns into a barrage of rock chords by the time the chorus arrives — a formula that, by the time it's used on "Your Obsession," is not quite as fun anymore. "Just When You're Leaving" should be, if it's not already, incorporated heavily into one of the MTV faux-reality shows; "Tip Toe" is all organ and Wurlitzer and funk guitar; "Ultraviolet" starts with children singing — in a very Jay-Z-"Hard Knock Life" (taken from Annie) move; and the title song, though probably the best on the record, doesn't mesh at all with the feel of the other songs (it's intense, more Evanescence than Pink, and the chorus, with the inevitable strings, sounds a lot like Sarah McLachlan's "Stupid," the chorus "You can lay down, Mama/Let me be your cover/Let me be your mother" driving it along). There's a lot going on here, and the album's a bit too much and too little at the same time, simplifying where it needs to expand and adding when it needs to stay more basic. Joanna has a good voice, that much is clear, but This Crazy Life shows a promise that's not completely realized.

Customer Reviews

Well Done Debut...But Lacks Something Special

I, like many others, had been waiting for a while for Joanna's debut cd to arrive. At last, it is here. Sadly, its an average debut from a very talented singer. Joanna's vocals stand out on the first single, "Let It Slide" and the beautiful cover of "Screaming Infidelities." Sadly the majority of the album is all over the place. Starting as a nice pop album it slowly shifts back and fourth between rock, indy, and even an odd hint of country during "Drifter." The lack of a specific genre turns this CD from possible being great to lackluster. It almost seems like the record label didn't exactly know where or how to give Joanna her own sound so they decided lets include all different types. Usually, when this occurs the album, here's just another example, to be far from great. The easy stand out tracks besides 'Let It Slide' and 'Screaming Indfidelities' have to be 'Broken,' '4th Of July,' 'Just When You're Leaving,' and 'Miracle.' The majority of the highlights this album gives all seem to be ballads, which in the long run does not sell the records. The album should have focused on producing more songs like 'Let It Slide' so it appeals to a broader audience. I do not think this will be the last we have heard from Joanna. I suggest at least buying the tracks I mentioned above.

awsome

I love the song Let It Slide, the first time I herd that I fell in love with it. I suggest you listen to it because you will love it to.

WOW

I was impressed by the first single, but it didn't really stick with me. But after I heard "Ultra Violet", I was hooked! Joanna has a beautiful voice and style to match! I also reccomend "Screaming Infidelities", "Tip Toe", and "Just When You're Leaving".

Biography

Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '00s

After winning a nationwide search for the title role in the 20th anniversary tour of the musical Annie, 12-year-old Joanna Pacitti thought her career in show business was set. However, things didn't turn out exactly as planned for the young performer, who had grown up singing in her father's barbershop in Mayfair, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, when just three weeks before the show hit Broadway, Joanna was fired and replaced by her eight-year-old understudy. At 16, Joanna, armed with a demo of some...
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