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2008 album from the teen dream, who is now all grown up. Departure is a more mature 'departure' for McCartney, whose multi-platinum 2004 debut album Beautiful Soul launched his career as an international singing star. With star writers and hit making producers such as Sean Garrett (Usher, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown), Tricky & The-Dream (Rihanna, Mariah Carey), J.R. Rotem (Britney Spears, Sean Kingston, 50 Cent, Rihanna) and The Clutch (Omarion, Timbaland, Ciara, Bobby Valentino), Departure has an edgier Pop/Urban sound than Beautiful Soul and Jesse's sophomore album, 2006's Right Where You Want Me reflecting Jesse's growth as a songwriter and young man. 12 tracks in all.

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Disc: 1

  1. Leavin'
  2. It's Over
  3. Rock You
  4. How Do You Sleep
  5. Into Ya
  6. Make Up
  7. My Baby
  8. Told You So
  9. Relapse
  10. Runnin'
  11. Freaky
  12. Not Your Enemy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B001690X6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J.A. VINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely loved this CD, and I shouldn't have, for reasons that should become obvious.

The CD is aptly named, as Jesse McCartney makes an unquestionable departure from his earlier offerings, and distances himself--perhaps permanently?--from the bubble gum world of Disney. (That's almost always a good thing, artistically.)

I didn't expect to like this CD. My only exposure to Jesse McCartney was "Beautiful Soul", a song I happened upon recently, and enjoyed immensely. I was surprised when I downloaded "Leavin'", and liked it, as it had a distinct hip-hop flavor (although still subtly infused with pop), and I've never been a fan of hip-hop. Perhaps I'm getting too old. My grandparents thought Elvis Presley was the devil, I thought he was the King of Rock and Roll, so...I don't know. After hearing "Leavin'" a few times, I liked it, a lot. Then I did something I knew I shouldn't: I looked up the lyrics.

I'm hard of hearing, so lyrics aren't always a big part of a song for me. I hear the music first, and discern the lyrics later, if ever. The lyrics to "Leavin'" were-- peculiar. Perhaps it's an age thing again, but much of the lyrics were incomprehensible to me. And that's when I had a copy of them to read along with the music.

(Before I go here, remember that I'm giving the CD a 5-star review...)

"Hey baby girl, I've been watching you all day (all day x3)
Man that thing you got behind you is amazing (amazing x3)
You make me want to take you out and let it rain (let it rain x3)
I know you got a man but this is what you should say"

So, if I understand this correctly, the girl has a great, *cough*, rear-end, and that makes him want to take her out and "let it rain". I get the great rear-end part, but "let it rain"?
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When I first heard "Leavin" about two months ago, I was like "wow", Jesse McCartney is going for a hip hop sound which I didn't mind because I love hip hop. I really like a lot of the songs on his album. He's really grown as a singer and an artist. His lyrics mean a lot more but I also think that some of the tracks were just thrown together without a lot of planning. I despise the song "Rock You". It really degrades him as a vocalist. It's very annoying. I'm not a big fan of "Makeup" either. But that's just me. I like his slower songs. It's a good CD and I think it's worth the buy but it would be a lot better without the two songs above.
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This is the Japanese version of Jesse McCartney's third studio album, Departure. I purchased this edition knowing that it would come in a proper CD jewel case with a lyric book, rather than the environmentally correct eco-package that the North American version is released in.

Departure is quite a change in direction from Jesse's last studio album, 2006's "Right Where You Want Me." Moving away from the rock-lite direction he'd moved into after his "Beautiful Soul" album and into a more Pop/R&B direction akin to Justin Timberlake.

The result is good, I didn't like "Right Where You Want Me" as much as I liked "Beautiful Soul," his 2004 debut solo record. The opening track "Leavin'" makes me want to drag myself to the dance floor for a slow groove and doesn't stray much further from the dance floor after that.

The highlight, for me, of the Japanese edition is his cover (even though he did write it, and presumably made a demo of the track) of "Bleeding Love." "Bleeding Love" was a massive worldwide #1 single for X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, and Jesse doesn't try to compete with Leona's powerful version. Instead, his version is stripped down, and highlights Jesse's voice, which sometimes gets lost in the production of some of the other tracks on this album.

This is the track list for the Japanese version of "Departure":

01. Leavin'
02. It's Over
03. Rock You [Feat. Sean Garrett]
04. How Do You Sleep
05. Into Ya
06. Make Up
07. My Baby
08. Told You So
09. Relapse
10. Runnin'
11. Freaky
12. Not Your Enemy
13. Oxygen [Japanese Bonus Track]
14. Bleeding Love [Japanese Bonus Track]
15. Leavin' (The Bimbo Remix Edit) [Japanese Bonus Track]
16. Leavin' (JFK MSTRKRFT Remix) [Japanese Bonus Track]
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Remember the kid with the floppy blonde hair that was the teen heart-throb of the moment a few years back with the release of Beautiful Soul? Yes, Jesse McCartney is back with his third album called Departure.

There's no doubt that the guy can sing but the album does nothing to prove that he'll have any longevity in today's music scene. The title is deceptive. There's no departure here - there's nothing on offer that can't be generated by every other act today, there's no departure from the flash in the pan appearance of his debut release and there's certainly no departure from blending in with what's currently getting airplay.

He does try his hardest though. He even tries some pop/hip-hop stylings with Rock You featuring Sean Garrett, who has written for everyone who is anyone and has produced more than a few of the tracks. It's a bit bland and it will disappear from your memory before the next song is half over. He does, however, do a better than expected version of Bleeding Love which was penned by himself and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic fame. His attempt has honesty that you can't find on any of the other tracks on the album. Sadly though, next to Leona Lewis, his version pales in comparison.

Overall, the album is full of the fluff and disposable radio fodder with nothing that will make you want to hit the back button. It's great background music if you're having a lazy afternoon with friends. It's simple, it doesn't require thought and if you have teenage sisters, it'll make a great gift - they'll swoon over it. My sisters love me now.
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