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JoJo is a very talented singer and from the several previews to her stand out single, she has done another great job with this record. JoJo (aka Joanna Levesque) releases her second major label CD titled The High Road. Armed with a top lineup of writers and producers, namely Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, Diane Warren, Sean Garrett, Bo Dozier, Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander, Ryan Leslie, and SoulShock and Karlin. The song ''Exceptional'', written by Diane Warren, struck a personal chord with JoJo: ''I've had low moments where I just didn't feel good enough... we all do,'' she says. ''This song definitely makes you feel better about yourself.'' Warren also penned ''Note to God''. And again, it was the tears that did it. When Warren first played it for JoJo and her mom on the piano, mom broke down on the spot. JoJo was so moved she recorded the song that night in under an hour. What listeners hear on the album is the raw and unedited end result. She picks up the pace with straight-out party jams like ''This Time'', produced by Scott Storch, and ''The Way You Do Me'' by Swiss Beats. With JoJo's complex vocalizations over highly-infectious beats, these songs are impossible to listen to sitting down. On the hard-hitting track, ''Anything'' (Bo Dozier), JoJo puts a funky new spin on a familiar 80's megahit Toto's Africa. Perhaps the record she's most proud of is ''How to Touch a Girl,'' which she co-wrote with Steinberg. JoJo admits the lyrics were influenced by real-life romantic events.''I was confused about a boy,she says, so I wrote this to tell him how to touch a girl's heart.'' The record's simple and sumptuous sonics are reminiscent of soul and jazz classics from back in the day. Not surprising, considering JoJo's greatest influences are artists like Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Etta James and Stevie Wonder.

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Back in 2004, when JoJo was 13 and seemed entirely too much like a character out of the parent-scaring movie Thirteen, nobody, not even her mom, could have guessed she had a disc as good as The High Road in her. What a difference a couple of years and a squadron of slicker-than-thou producers make. Beyond the addictive but not over-the-top radio hit "Too Little Too Late," The High Road is littered with pit stops both elegant (the dreamy-sweet ballad "Exceptional," the angsty, soulful "How to Touch a Girl," and the introspective "Note to God") and shoulder-shimmyingly fun (the sexy-funky R&B tease "This Time," produced by Scott Storch; the hip-hop heater "The Way You Do Me," done up with characteristic magic touches by Swiss Beatz; and the go-girl rock number "Comin' for You," whipped to a perfect-peaked froth by Soulshock). What makes these songs and others--particularly "Let It Rain," with its tick-tick-tick-tick beat--standouts is not raw artistry but careful, willful calibration. JoJo's vocals are full-throated, creamy, and increasingly Beyonce-like, but even when they veer in a Monica-reminiscent direction (check "Good Ol'"), they're given their due with wide-open beats and rhythms that feel less ratcheted-up than right in time. Expect The High Road to log a lot of travelers, none of them weary. There's not a pothole in sight. --Tammy La Gorce

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blackground
  • ASIN: B000H8SFK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this album you'll have a hard time believing that the singer is not yet sixteen at the time of writing this, and that she already has a platinum album under her belt. The first album "Jojo" spawned the hit single "Leave (Get Out)" when she was a mere weenybopper of thirteen, and this year she's acted in two movies in addition to putting together her second album.

First single "Too Little Too Late" has been out for months, and has helped to create a lot of advance buzz for this album, which in my opinion delivers the goods big time. The single is about moving on after a failed relationship, and if you cast your mind back (some of us further than others) you can identify with the lyrics: "I was young / And in love / I gave you everything / But it wasn't enough"

The album begins with the R&B track "This Time", where she takes responsibility for a break-up, but isn't ready to give up as yet, and then she launches into a hip hop track "The Way You Do Me" which could easily fit right in on any Beyonce / Christina Aguilera / Pussycat Dolls / Danity Kane album. The title track is a great R&B ballad, and then comes my favorite track "Anything" which samples "Africa" by Toto in fine style. Since hearing this track for the first time, it hasn't left the player.

If you think she's done there, think again - and then listen to the Janet Jackson type track "Like That", the powerfully belted "Let It Rain", the outstanding ballads "Exceptional" and "How to Touch a Girl" and the R&B tracks "Good Ol'" and "Coming For You". The album closes on an inspirational note with "Note To God".

This is an exceptional sophomore album from a talented young artiste who still has limitless potential.

Amanda Richards
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J92 on October 17, 2006
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...doesn't give me a word good enough to discribe this album.

So, I'll go with what I know.

Jojo's sophomore effort completely succeeds. There are no 'fillers' on this album. This of course, is solely my opinion and there are people who will definately disagree with this. All in all, this album is amazing and you should really give it at least a chance. You might end up loving it like I do.

1.) This Time- (17/20): After listening to the whole album, I've come to the conclusion that this is a rather bland opening to such an album. But it's still a good song, with great beats and nice vocals.

2.) The Way You Do Me- (17/20): Again, great 'swing' beats and it has such powerful energy in it, but...it just doesn't appeal to me as much as others. Most likely because I find it difficult to believe that a, what, 15 year old, could be singing this, but that's most likely me.

3.) Too Little, Too Late- (19/20): What else could get me hooked on this CD? Honestly, if I hadn't heard this song, I wouldn't have given this CD a thought, just because I wasn't too big a fan of her first CD, apart from the first single. It really is a wonderful song. Powerful voice, good emotion...it's all there. I would go on, but most of you have probably already heard it somewhere, anyway.

4.) High Road- (20/20): Inspirational, Strong, ... the list could go on. If there is a song that one should live by, this is it. The person she sings about (herself, I presume?) is what people should all be like. Instead of going for revenge, just let it go and take the 'high road'. Two thumbs up. Definately.

5.) Anything- (17/20): One of those, what I like to call, 'crusing' songs. It's good when you just want to chill or relax. And it's got a sample of the song 'Africa'.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on October 17, 2006
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Teen singer JoJo arrived on the music scene in 2004 with her self-titled debut. The single spawned the TRL friendly hits "Leave (Get Out)" and "Baby It's You." In an industry where young singers sometimes turn out new albums every year, JoJo took her time working on her sophomore album. In between albums she made two movies RV and Aquamarine.

It was a risk, because in this fickle music industry, often out of site means out of mine. JoJo found no problem returning to the music spotlight. The first single from her sophomore album The High Road, "Too Little, Too Late," immediately became a favorite on MTV's TRL and on Itunes. The mid-tempo ballad also raced up the Billboard Chart.

So how does The High Road measure up to JoJo's debut album? Well JoJo sounds more mature. Twelve solid songs are included on the disc which is filled primarily with mid-tempo ballads with a few bangers. The Swizz Beats produced single "The Way You Do," is sure to be well loved. Other uptemp songs on the album include the "This Time," (which proves to be a kind of boring song to open up a great album), "Let It Rain," (which evokes memories of an Aaliyah or Missy Elliot song). "Let It Rain," has a track that makes you want to bounce. "Good Ol'" is also a bounce style uptempo track.

Overall, The High Road is filled with ballads. JoJo used a sample of the early 80's ToTo song "Africa," for the song "Anything." One of the best ballads on the album is the title track "The High Road." Other stand out songs include the first single "Too Little, Too Late," "Like That," and "How To Touch A Girl."

The High Road is a good album. But it's very mature. This being said, JoJo's core fans may feel that the album is a little too grown up for them. On another note, she may make more mature fans.
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Jojo has a better voice than most other singers out there
Damn straight
Oct 24, 2006 by E. B. Davison |  See all 3 posts
This Album is HOT
I agree. This album is more mature, but...it's not everything I expected. After hearing the first album, it kind of comes up short. On her fist album...the production was a little better. Now don't get me wrong...I love the high road, but I think that mixing the high road with jojo's previous... Read More
Oct 8, 2006 by Ashton T. S. |  See all 2 posts
Cute butt bouncing in the air
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Nov 1, 2006 by paris |  See all 2 posts
PUSHED BACK!?!?
Yeah, it was..don't know what happened though.
Sep 12, 2006 by Nichelle Grant |  See all 2 posts
Too Little, Too Late single.
Download it from Limewire for free.
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