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Dress Rehearsal

4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B000IFSGJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Picked up this cd on the day of release as I was very excited for it, beng a huge supporter of her first album. I enjoy this album an awful lot. The lead off single "Simple Life" is just so fun and catchy even though the writing talents of CDJ are not displayed. However another fun tune is "Squeezin The Love Outta You." This one is just a great time. As is "Head over High Heels." I love puttign these tunes on in the car. The title track is an incredibly written tune. CDJ is just a great writer and it shows.

One complaint. Her lyrics are always way above average however, some of them do not neccesarily translate to song. They may be better served as poetry than lyrics. This is nto to say there is a bad song on the album, it is just that some of the feel is not as good as it could be with these weighty lyrics.
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Being the creator of such hits such as "I'd Be Yours" (Linda Davis), "Single White Female" (Chely Wright), "When We Don't Talk" (Ilse DeLange) amongst others, Johnson has parlayed her craft to this her sophomore album "Dress Rehearsal." Save for "Simple Life," Johnson has had a hand in co-writing all of the tracks here. Collaborating with other Nashville writing elite such as Craig Wiseman, Shaye Smith, Charlie Black, Troy Verges, "Dress Rehearsal" is tailored made for radio. It's a polished pop country album offering a cornucopia of songs dealing with topics safely reprised within country music's canon.
Johnson's preference for the rustic life, a theme well explored a la Alan Jackson and Mary Chapin Carpenter, is the thesis of the lead single "Simple Life." "Simple Life" starts off well with an organic feel with some jaunty guitar work but soon gives way to become, in an ironic way, one of Johnson's busiest track. With its tepid melody and suffocating production, "Simple Life" is not my choice for the first single. Much better are "High over High Heels" and "He's Mine"-both peppy, upbeat, pop-country fares that would not be out of place in fellow Canadian vocalist Shania Twain's repertoire.
Living in the aftermath of 9/11 country music, thanks to Tim McGraw, Brad Cotter, Alan Jackson, have been proliferated with songs encouraging us to cherish life and cape diem ("seize the day"). Johnson adds her take on this tired and true theme on the title track "Dress Rehearsal." Without any shove of new insights, nevertheless, Johnson sings home a timely message, "Life doesn't wait for us to get it right... Time is irreversible, this ain't no dress rehearsal.
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This is CD is incredible! I love it! Every song is fantastic!! I especially love "Squeezin' The Love Outta You", "Head over High Heels" and of course, her latest single, "Die of a Broken Heart". This is a must have CD if you are a country fan!!
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Being the creator of such hits such as "I'd Be Yours" (Linda Davis), "Single White Female" (Chely Wright), "When We Don't Talk" (Ilse DeLange) amongst others, Johnson has parlayed her craft to this her sophomore album "Dress Rehearsal." Save for "Simple Life," Johnson has had a hand in co-writing all of the tracks here. Collaborating with other Nashville writing elite such as Craig Wiseman, Shaye Smith, Charlie Black, Troy Verges, "Dress Rehearsal" is tailored made for radio. It's a polished pop country album offering a cornucopia of songs dealing with topics safely reprised within country music's canon.

Johnson's preference for the rustic life, a theme well explored a la Alan Jackson and Mary Chapin Carpenter, is the thesis of the lead single "Simple Life." "Simple Life" starts off well with an organic feel with some jaunty guitar work but soon gives way to become, in an ironic way, one of Johnson's busiest track. With its tepid melody and suffocating production, "Simple Life" is not my choice for the first single. Much better are "High over High Heels" and "He's Mine"-both peppy, upbeat, pop-country fares that would not be out of place in fellow Canadian vocalist Shania Twain's repertoire.

Living in the aftermath of 9/11 country music, thanks to Tim McGraw, Brad Cotter, Alan Jackson, have been proliferated with songs encouraging us to cherish life and cape diem ("seize the day"). Johnson adds her take on this tired and true theme on the title track "Dress Rehearsal." Without any shove of new insights, nevertheless, Johnson sings home a timely message, "Life doesn't wait for us to get it right... Time is irreversible, this ain't no dress rehearsal.
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Carolyn Dawn Johnson's second album DRESS REHEARSAL was well worth the wait for me. I was really impressed with her debut album ROOM WITH A VIEW, and highly anticipated this one. The first single (the only song she didn't write on the album) was "Simple Life", and it was a mild hit entering the top 20. It's a nice bluegrass tinged song about appreciating the simpler things in life. The second single was the heartbreaking ballad "Die of a Broken Heart", which I will admit I wasn't keen on at first but it grew on me. The album falls between fun uptempo songs and moving ballads, there's a good balance between the two. The third single is "Head Over High Heels" which will hopefully be a big hit, it's instantly catchy and memorable. "Squeezin the Love Out Of You" is a nice attitude song. "He's Mine" is good too. The album closer "I'll Let You Go" is a moving ballad, about her brother (just like the title track from her first album was). Other highlights include the inspirational title track.
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