Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jessica Simpson: country music debut

Jessica Simpson's jump from pop to country music may seem calculated to save her music career, but the Texas native says she grew up a country fan. Still, no one expected an album of waltzes and two-steppers. Predictably, her debut collection, "Do You Know," focuses on slick Nashville pop; no one will mistake any of the 11 songs as boot-scooting honky tonk or dirt-road country rock.

Guided by Nashville's Brett James and Grammy-winning producer John Shanks, Simpson handles her vocals with careful professionalism. She also co-wrote eight of the 11 songs, hooking up with contemporary country hit-makers Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird and Rachel Proctor, among others, for tunes that fit the current Nashville formulas.

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