Hot on the heels of his starring role in the 2004 TV series “Summerland”, Jesse McCartney graced the shelves of CD stores for the first time with his debut solo album, “Beautiful Soul”.
Four years and two albums on, Jesse is an international success.
On the eve of the release of this, his third album, Jesse has been secretly been selling millions of singles and albums throughout the world. Co-writing with One Republic front-man Ryan Tedder, McCartney has achieved global success with the track “Bleeding Love”, released by UK X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. The single has been somewhat of a phenomenon, reaching the top of the charts throughout the world, including in the lucrative United States market. The song’s pOpularity has seen it covered “disco-handbag” style by Jamie Knight for the UK’s Almighty label, acoustically by critically acclaimed UK artist Jamie Scott and by Jesse himself on this, his third album.
With his sophomore album out of the way, Jesse is now headed in a slightly different musical direction as the title of the album suggests, traipsing down the r&b-tinged pOp route.
And while lyrically light years ahead of Madonna’s latest long player and offering up glimpses of greatness, the album fails to be anything other than patchy. It seems Jesse wants that massive success stateside (it’s already debuted there at No.14) – and he’s not afraid to use the well-worn r&b key to gain access. There are some assuredly good grooves (My Baby, Freaky), some mistakes (Rock You), some Michael Jackson vocal channelling (Runnin’) and a bonus for Aussie buyers (McCartney’s own version of “Bleeding Love”).
It’s perhaps a shame that Justin Timberlake has set the bar so high for r&b artists, as everything else seems to pale in comparison, but Departure, if anything, points to an artist who’s in transition from child-pOp star to being a truly great artist in his own right.
AUSTRALIA – OUT NOW
UNITED STATES – OUT NOW
JAPAN – OUT JUNE 4
UNITED KINGDOM – OUT JUNE 16