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Reviewed by Mike Farley
The first track and single, “Tattoo,” is the best song of the bunch, but then it’s a steep ride downhill. “One Step at a Time” follows the same formula of another Idol alum, Katharine McPhee shotgun vocals and bouncy, annoying snyth beats. It’s the kind of contrived crap that will have you hitting “next.” So we will. “No Air” is a duet with up and comer Chris Brown, and if it weren’t for the variety of having Brown share vocal duties, this one would score an F too for its pure boredom. “Freeze” features Sparks shrieking in the chorus like a cat in heat, and it’s just nails on a chalkboard.
The formula created by these L.A. and New York songwriters just gets worse too, as evidenced by tunes like “Now You Tell Me” and “Permanent Monday.” And as a bonus track, they give us “This is My Now,” that positively awful song Sparks sang when winning Idol. A bonus? How about paying me for the pain inflicted on my ears?
No doubt Jordin Sparks will have some success, because after all, she won American Idol based on the fact that Americans voted for her. She’s young, she’s cute and she has a decent, if at times shrieky, voice. But even the American music-buying public won’t stand for garbage like this being released for much longer. They can’t possibly, can they? Unfortunately, the only thing that will stop the formulaic pop song machine is a serious dip in sales. Otherwise, enjoy your cookies.