Jessica Simpson -In this Skin
Released: 19th August 2003 (7 and half years ago!)
Facts: Biggest selling album to date. Debuted at #2 on the Bilboard 200 and sold over 7 million albums world wide (WOW!!!!!!)
Lead singles: With You, Sweetest Sin, Take My Breathe away & Angels (Re-issue)
What is it like ?: It is on this record that jess forays into song writing. I guess when she puts her mind to something she does 100%. Therefore she has writing credits on all but two of the eleven track album. There is no doubt that this is a strong album. Again there are no duds on this. If I had to use one word to describe this it would be ‘sultry’ as the songs verge into mature pop. The theme still does focuses on love but not in the most predictable way. For instance, ‘I have loved you’ (which was intended to be released as a single) is a song she dedicated to the military service men. People we should value, though we may never meet. ‘You don’t have to let go’ was for Jess’ father and addressed her feelings on the balance of being a daughter and a wife. ‘My Way Home’ and ‘In this skin’ focuses on self discovery, empowerment and self love. ‘Everyday See you’ and ‘Be’ are wonderfully simplistic and melodic ballads and with the addition of her hit cover songs Take my breathe Away and ‘angels’ which is an angsty spin on the Robbie Williams orginal version, it is easy to see why this sold so many millions of copies.
Stand out tracks: There are so many. Ask a different person you would get a different answer. However apart from Jess’ signature tune of ‘With you‘, I love the power ballads ‘angels’, (which took some time to grow on me) and ‘Take my breath away’. I really adore ‘I have loved you’ and regret this was not released. ‘Be’ is a great listen too. I also really enjoy listening to ‘Forbidden Fruit’, which is a sassy and sexy song with a great beat and tempo though Jessica does not seem out of place with at all.
In a nutshell: Very strong third album where quality is maintained throughout and Jess addresses different types of themes and ideas about love-with a mature and sultry grace.
What were your favourite tracks?