Jordin Sparks, the “American Idol” Season 6 winner turned-fiery-pop songstress, is back, and this time she’s ready to do battle. Sparks’ latest set, “Battlefield,” is in stores now.
Where there’s Sparks, there’s bound to be fire.
Jordin Sparks, the “American Idol” Season 6 winner turned-fiery-pop songstress, is back, and this time she’s ready to do battle.
Sparks’ latest set, “Battlefield,” is in stores now.
Like other high profile Idols, Sparks has a lot riding on the release. Both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood followed their debuts with even bigger sophomore sets. I believe this will also ring true for Sparks.
Sparks’ first album went platinum with a boost from massive hit singles “Tattoo,” “One Step At A Time” and the perfectly matched duet with Jive Records labelmate Chris Brown on “No Air.” That album had enough fuel to ignite the start of what I’m sure will be an amazing career.
“Battlefield” is the perfect next step. It explodes with potential singles while also showing a more mature vibe and growth as an artist. Sparks co-wrote four of the album’s 12 songs and also enlisted the production efforts of industry heavyweights Dr. Luke, T-Pain and Harvey Mason Jr. to help facilitate the album’s sound.
I was excited to hear the new music, since I’ve been a fan from the start. I remember watching her on “AI” and being blown away by her vocal abilities.
This record has a slightly edgier variance, which works to her advantage. Pop music with a rock flair is “in.” Cases in point: Clarkson, Pink and Rihanna.
“Battlefield,” the lead-off single, is already ablaze on the Hot 100. It gives Sparks the rough edges to compete against other contemporaries. You’d better listen to her and get yourself some armor. I think the girl means business.
Speaking of the Rihanna influence, “S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)” (not a cover of the Rihanna song, either) sounds like a song Rihanna would do. It’s an excellent upbeat dance number energized by Shannon’s ’80s dance floor epic “Let The Music Play.” It’s by far the best track and easily the next single.
“No Parade,” “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” “Watch You Go,” and “Let It Rain” continue to please the eardrums, but then something magical happens. The beautiful voice that made you fall in love with her on “AI” returns on the ballads “Faith” and “The Cure.”
“Faith” is a perfect inspirational anthem. Sparks’ incredible vocals wrap around the song’s lyrics as if she’s singing them just for you. Maybe she is!
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.