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Departure [Enhanced]

Jesse McCartneyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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It’s been two years since the release of Jesse McCartney’s Departure, an album that showcased an edgier pop/R&B sound, reflecting his growth as a singer and songwriter. The album’s first hit single, “Leavin',” (produced by Tricky and The Dream) was a blockbuster smash, becoming the #1 most played Top 40 single of the year. The song spent 6 weeks at #1 on ... Read more in Amazon's Jesse McCartney Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B001690X6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow. May 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese version well worth the extra money! July 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never heard of him, but I like this album May 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I always check for new music Mondays to see who is releasing what, but I didn't see anybody I knew so I got ready to close the website when the beat to "Leavin" dropped. I immediately started playing the full album, and I'm digging this guy's voice, melody, and the beats. From reading the other reviews, apparently this is very new for him. I don't know what audience he's trying to reach, but I can easily see songs from this album getting some radio play on R&B and Pop stations. He may not want to be compared to other artists, but Jesse's voice reminds me slightly of Justin Timberlake's due to subject matter and chorus lines. However, it's more happy than Timberlake, and I get more pop than R&B (think Donnie from "Making the Band 4"). I just bought this album in case I don't hear it on my favorite radio stations. "Not Your Enemy" is a song I can learn from unfortunately, but "Leavin" is probably my favorite track although all of them are really good.

Note: To the reviewers who are saying this album is Rap or Hip Hop, minus "Rock You," which absolutely reminds me of Justin Timberlake, nothing on this album has rapping on it. It's definitely R&B and pop though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I have many of Jesse Mccartney cd. This one i listen to a lot when going to school and to work.
Published 7 months ago by Mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this cd still play it
i really liked this cd it was only 2 songs i thought he was trying way too hard to sound black but other than that it was worth the purchase
Published on December 28, 2009 by R. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio Friendly music
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? Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Daniel Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
No talent to speak off here just a male britney. In 20 years he will regret this when his cd skips during a "live" performance.
Published on August 12, 2009 by Deimos
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally surprised with this cd!
I did not expect to like this cd but was really surprised with Jesse's voice and the maturity of the songs. "Makeup" and "Freaky" are pretty much teen fillers which I always skip. Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by Gabe Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Published on May 9, 2009 by SHELLY_LOVES_JESSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Departure? No - Evolution!
Just a phenomenal album - Jesse's growing up and, like any artist nay any person evolving. Let's look at the past year - Co-wrote Bleeding Love which was a humungous hit -... Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Mencken
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly, fittingly Perfect!
In 2004 17 year old Jesse McCartney's debut album Beautiful Soul went platinum. Then he dropped off the radar. Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by E. L. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Adult Songs with 80s Feel
I am 41 and I love this album. There are ONLY 2 of songs on the ENTIRE album that I could do with or without. The others are fantastic! Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Crystal Hickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know ya had it in ya, Jesse!
Whoa! This album was an unexpected surprise, I love it! It is defiantly a departure from his previous work. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by Honeygirl
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