10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennette McCurdy began her acting career while only eight years old, and she's appeared in everything from the 2003 film Hollywood Homicide (alongside Harrison Ford) to the teen sitcom iCarly. But that doesn’t mean her 2012 debut album sounds like the product of a precocious Mouseketeer. McCurdy sings county pop as if she grew up in Nashville listening to Shania Twain and Reba McEntire. “Generation Love” opens with an endearing narrative about the differences between McCurdy’s and her mother’s generations. With melodic banjo and watery pedal steel notes, her delicate restraint and self-sung harmonies set a lovely tone here. While “Heart of a Child” pulls on the same old sentimental heartstrings synonymous with greeting cards, McCurdy sounds like she’s finding her own style in the genre-crossing anthem “Stronger” and the rootsy bounce of “Put Your Arms Around Someone.” She closes strongly with “Have to Say Goodbye,” where the classic tones of '70s AM gold (dig that old grinding Hammond organ) blend with smoother R&B accompaniment while McCurdy sings soulfully.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennette McCurdy began her acting career while only eight years old, and she's appeared in everything from the 2003 film Hollywood Homicide (alongside Harrison Ford) to the teen sitcom iCarly. But that doesn’t mean her 2012 debut album sounds like the product of a precocious Mouseketeer. McCurdy sings county pop as if she grew up in Nashville listening to Shania Twain and Reba McEntire. “Generation Love” opens with an endearing narrative about the differences between McCurdy’s and her mother’s generations. With melodic banjo and watery pedal steel notes, her delicate restraint and self-sung harmonies set a lovely tone here. While “Heart of a Child” pulls on the same old sentimental heartstrings synonymous with greeting cards, McCurdy sounds like she’s finding her own style in the genre-crossing anthem “Stronger” and the rootsy bounce of “Put Your Arms Around Someone.” She closes strongly with “Have to Say Goodbye,” where the classic tones of '70s AM gold (dig that old grinding Hammond organ) blend with smoother R&B accompaniment while McCurdy sings soulfully.

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About Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy has initially forged a career as both a singer and actor. Born Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy on June 26, 1992 in Garden Grove, CA, she began her acting career at the age of eight, inspired by Harrison Ford, who she had the opportunity to work with in Hollywood Homicide. McCurdy appeared in 2000 on MAD TV, has been seen frequently on Nickelodeon as Sam Puckett on iCarly, and has garnered roles on many other television programs since 2001, including CSI, Law & Order, Will & Grace, and Malcolm in the Middle. In 2005 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series; Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine, and for her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. Her debut album was released in the summer of 2009, and her first single, "So Close," was available digitally. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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