Jukebox (Priscilla Renea album)

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Jukebox
Priscilla Renea - Jubebox (Official Album Cover).jpg
Studio album by Priscilla Renea
Released December 1, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Pop, synthpop, soul
Length 36:26
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Kidd, Soulshock & Karlin, Benny Blanco, Lil' Ronnie
Priscilla Renea chronology
Hello My Apple
(2009)
Jukebox
(2009)
Singles from Jukebox
  1. "Dollhouse"
    Released: August 18, 2009
  2. "Lovesick"
    Released: March 2, 2010

Jukebox is the debut studio album by American pop singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea. It was released on December 1, 2009. The album was critically acclaimed and spawned two singles: "Dollhouse", which garnered mild success, and "Lovesick", which failed to chart altogether.

Background[edit]

Six out of the eleven songs on the album were solely written by Renea. Renea wrote many songs like stories, by beginning with the verses and working on a chorus later, in order to make the songs more soulful and heartfelt.[1] Renea performs many of the guitar and piano pieces of her songs herself.[2] The album was originally due for an October 20, 2009, release but it was delayed by over a month for additional recording to occur for the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Star Tribune (favorable)[3]

The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Ivan Mitchell of Prefixmag called the album "abstract" stating: "lead single 'Dollhouse' is the kind of sassy, exuberant pop/rock/R&B hybrid that Rihanna would have probably done earlier in her career". He goes on to say that "'Fixing My Hair' finds common ground with the flashy torch soul productions of the 1980s".[4] Latifah Muhammad of ConcreteLoop stated that the album was "a delightful hybrid of poetic expression garnished with life lessons". She goes on to say that "the theme of Jukebox revolves around the old saying 'you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar' in that it manages to get a point across in a softer tone rather than boisterous and overbearing. Even though nothing really manages to ride above a steady boil, that's not always a bad thing. Jukebox is a pretty smooth ride null of any huge potholes or blunders, which is admirable and worth a good listen".[5]

Promotion[edit]

Renea promoted the album by releasing an EP before the album. Hello My Apple was released on March 31, 2009 for digital download. However, Renea never performed live to promote the album, and only promoted the album with singles. However, Renea did release videos via YouTube to give her fans a sneak peek of the album's songs before its release.

Singles[edit]

  • "Dollhouse" was released as the lead single from the album on August 18, 2009. The single failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 but did reach number eleven on the Heatseekers singles chart,[6] number thirty-one on the Hot Dance Club Songs [7] chart and number thirty-four on the Pop Songs,[7] becoming a mild chart success. A video was released in September 2009 and received critical acclaim.
  • "Lovesick" was released as the second and final single from the album on March 2, 2010. The single failed to chart at all.[8] The single was promoted with videos of Renea singing the song with fans.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Jukebox — Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Dollhouse" 3:32
2. "Lovesick" 3:23
3. "Pretty Girl" 3:07
4. "Baby Please" 4:27
5. "Rockabye Baby" 3:38
6. "Bacon 'n Eggs" 3:03
7. "Mr. Workabee (Intro)" 0:40
8. "Mr. Workabee" 3:10
9. "Stonegarden" 3:22
10. "City Love" 3:41
11. "Fixing My Hair" 4:23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priscilla Renea Prepares 'Jukebox' Debut". Billboard.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Landrum Jr., Jonathan. "Music Review: Priscilla Renea showcases insightful storytelling on debut CD "Jukebox"". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  4. ^ Abstract by Ivan Mitchell (2009-11-30). "Album Review: Priscilla Renea - Jukebox | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ http://concreteloop.com/2009/12/album-review-priscilla-reneas-jukebox
  6. ^ "Priscilla Renea Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Priscilla Renea Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  8. ^ a b "PRISCILLA RENEA - official website". Priscillareneamusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20.