CD Trouble [Bonnie McKee] (CD 620021),
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Trouble [Bonnie McKee]
2. When It All Comes Down
3. Open Your Eyes
5. Voice That Carries, A
7. Green Grass
9. Marble Steps
10. Sensitive Subject Matter
11. I Hold Her
12. Confessions of a Teenage Girl
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48431
Rob Cavallo; Bob Power; Allen Sides; Antonina Armato; Rob Cavallo; Bob Power
Bob Power; Jim Bottari; Dan Chase; Doug McKean; David Winslow; Marcus Lindsay; Allen Sides; Blair Wells
Personnel: Bonnie McKee (vocals); Bonnie McKee; Bob Power (various instruments, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion); Chislaine Fleischmann, Gloria Justin, Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky, Gregory Teperman (violin); Peter Nocella, Davis A. Barnett (viola); Jennie Lorenzo (cello); David McKelvy, Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Pete "JR" Wasilewski, Buddy Schaub (horns); Doug Petty, Robbie Kondor (piano); Patrick Warren (chamberlin); Paul Bushnell (bass instrument); Matt Chamberlain (drums); Daniel Chase (programming); Tim Pierce (guitar, electric guitar); Rob Cavallo (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums); Luis Conte, Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Bob Power; Chris Lord-Alge; Daniel Chase; Mark "Spike" Stent; Tim James; Tom Lord-Alge; Blair Wells.
Recording information: Candy Sound; Record One, Capitol Studios; Shelter Island, Chez Bob, N. Y. C; Tal's Studio; The Studio; The Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Cynthia Levine; Melanie Nissen.
Arranger: George Duke.
Unlike most of her teen pop peers in the early 2000s, Bonnie McKee gets writing credits for all the music and lyrics on her debut album. But though a songwriting team like the Matrix isn't involved, Trouble's producers (Rob Cavallo and Bob Power) have ensured that it features a slick, radio and video-ready sound that's comparable to what's out there. McKee too, as a songwriter, focuses on familiar themes of adolescent empowerment and the ways of the heart. One of the album's best moments is "A Voice That Carries," which winds rangy acoustic guitar effects around a prideful tale of modern cowgirl mosey. "I don't need anybody to lead the way," she sings. "I've got a voice that carries...Gonna carry me down to L.A." Lead single "Trouble," "January," and "When It All Comes Down" all pulse along on electronic percussion and multiple layers of crackling guitar effects, and McKee herself is surrounded by multiple vocal tracks. Slower material like "Sensitive Subject Matter" and the ballad "Honey" also showcase her voice, which is stronger and more expressive than the Avrils and Britneys of the world. ~ Johnny Loftus
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