The Bottom Line
Is Jessie James the second coming of Shania Twain? It doesn't take much imagination in listening to "Wanted" and watching the accompanying video to make that leap. However, Jessie James has the vocal pipes and charisma to be distinctively her own as well. Perhaps Taylor Swift will have some competition on the way for the affections of the pop-country crossover crowd.
- Solid, quality singing
- Strong pop-country beat
- Sexy lyrics
- Could use stronger distinction from the obvious Shania Twain connection
- Written by Jessie James, Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan, and David Hodges
- Produced by Mitch Allan
- Released May 2009 by Mercury Records
Guide Review - Jessie James - "Wanted"
Someone must have been thinking there is more gold to mine in pop-country crossover beyond Taylor Swift's massive success. Shania Twain did it in the late 90's and early part of this decade. Now Jessie James is looking for stardom with an appealing rock-edged take on country-pop. It is hard to identify strong country elements here so much as see the image and appearance of Jessie James which will make you think country. It also sounds like Jessie James has listened to KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" more than once or twice.
It's a superstar committe of songwriters that worked on "Wanted." Led by Kara DioGuardi, there is surefire pop, country and rock experience here. Lyrically, "Wanted" is undoubtedly sexy in its attitude of erotic commitment to a lover. Jessie James also contributed her own songwriting talents extending beyond simply singing the tune.
Thus far pop radio has been open to the charms of "Wanted." However, sales have lagged a bit. The self-titled first album from Jessie James is due in stores July 28, 2009 and may provide an additional boost for this talented newcomer. For now, don't miss the solid rock beat, quality vocals and a sexy good time of a song in "Wanted."