Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

by Delta Goodrem

CD(Australian Import)

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As stated in many interviews and press releases, Mistaken Identity, the second release by Australian beauty Delta Goodrem, was fueled and inspired by a central event that occurred in the young star: her tumultuous battle with lymphoma and the struggles of remission. Therefore, it is without surprise that the second release by Goodrem is a much darker, introverted look at the pain and emotional issues handled in her life. Mistaken Identity, contrary to Goodrem's first release, Innocent Eyes, is a ballad-packed album with dramatic beats, moodier lyrics, and deeper meanings beneath the singer's icy pure vocals. The result is chilling, turning the Mandy Moore-esque tones on Goodrem's first release into haunting Celine Dion power ballads. In many cases, this transition works well. Goodrem's voice is very well suited to the adult contemporary market, and the spot-on delivery bodes well for her, since her public battle with cancer validates many of the tough topics tackled on this second release. However, since this is only Goodrem's second album, her need to be more artistically expressive at such a young age might tend to be written off as immature and vapid, particularly since words like "emotional suicide" don't fit with gorgeously talented 20-year-old starlets with enough pop potential to make up for all the schlock in the market. The album is an odd misstep in the sense that Goodrem falls far from the market that made her a pop star, and though the tunes on a song-by-song basis are probably equal on each album, this dark spin on pop music doesn't truly reflect the market where Goodrem might find the most success. Still, when the talent is too good to be denied, like on "Extraordinary Day" or "Almost Here" (a duet with Irish pop singer Brian McFadden), Goodrem's sophomore outing isn't as much a slump as it is an entirely detached spin on the Australian's pop career -- a sidestep on the road to stardom that needed to be made to make sense of the pain that affected her life at such a young age. In that sense, this album is not a mistake at all; however, in terms of making Goodrem a multi-dimensional pop star, Mistaken Identity stalls her career, since it is not accessible enough to market on the bulk of mainstream radio, which could easily hold back a pop artist who needs to be as accessible as possible. However, it's quite reassuring to see a genuine talent possess such grace and maturity in the face of a health challenge that entered her life at such a young age.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/28/2004
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC: 9399700128413
catalogNumber: 518915
Rank: 218116

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delta Goodrem   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Anton   Bass
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards
Guy Chambers   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Autoharp,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Matthew Gerrard   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Eliot Kennedy   Bass,Guitar
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Acoustic Guitar
Guy Pratt   Bass Guitar
Frank Ricotti   Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Vibes
Eric Schermerhorn   Electric Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Dave Arch   Piano
Billy Mann   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Randy Cooke   Drums
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Vince Pizzinga   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Ashley Soan   Drums
Richard Flack   Tambourine
Conrad Korsch   Bass
Pete Thorn   Guitar
Bryan McFadden   Vocals
Ami Richardson   Background Vocals
Christopher Rojas   Guitar,Strings
Gary Nuttall   Background Vocals
Gary Nutall   Background Vocals
Mark Cooper Smith   Bass
Tim VanDerKuil   Electric Guitar
Paul Stanborough   Electric Guitar
Daniel Pearce   Drums
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Power   Producer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Bridget Benenate   Composer,String Arrangements
Jim Brumby   Engineer
Guy Chambers   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
John Fields   Producer,Engineer
Matthew Gerrard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Adrian Hannan   Composer
Sally Herbert   Orchestral Arrangements
Eliot Kennedy   Composer
London Session Orchestra   Contributor
Paul Pimsler   Programming
Krish Sharma   Drum Engineering,Piano Engineer
Jimmy Briggs   Engineer
Billy Mann   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Gary Barlow   Composer,Programming
Vince Pizzinga   Arranger,Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Richard Flack   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Paul Barry   Composer
Delta Goodrem   Arranger,Composer
Jason Rankins   Engineer
Christopher Rojas   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Matt Vaughan   Programming
Matt Bartram   Engineer
Brian McFadden   Composer
Steve Price   Engineer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer

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