Nikki Cleary

Nikki Cleary

by Nikki Cleary


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Nikki Cleary's eponymous debut arrives on Jive after a whirlwind flirtation with success that began with a novelty hit and facilitated a name change, all before the performer's 15th birthday. It started a few years ago with "I.M. Me," a ditty with lyrics derived from instant messaging slang ("LOL") and online inside humor ("This girl wide web is hot stuff"). Unsurprisingly, the song caused a sensation online, and its brief publicity spike landed the young singer a recording contract with Jive. But while she had been known as Brittney Cleary, the presence of a certain other Britney on Jive's roster encouraged a moniker shift. Nikki Cleary's full-length introduction is lighter than acne-free face wash, less damaging than the least damaging hair conditioner, and sweeter than Frosted Wild Magicburst Pop-Tarts®. She has a wide-open singing voice that isn't hidden behind hand-fluttering vocal histrionics, and while the album's persistent use of pitch correction and "robot Nikki" vocal processing is irritating, the singer's easygoing, high-school-musical talent still shines through. Chatty lyrics like "Called my girls on the phone" and "He's been sweatin' you all day" abound; a faux cell phone conversation lights up the intro of "Sorry for Myself." It's music made exclusively for the Radio Disney set, a fan base who likely won't notice the blatant indiscretions taken with a fizzy, mall-ready reset of the Grease classic "You're the One That I Want," since Cleary performs the duet with Dream Street dreamboat-in-training Chris Trousdale (who sounds almost exactly like Nikki). "Summertime Guys" and additional cover song "Walking on Sunshine" channel the Go-Go's through Pro Tools, while "1-2-3" and "The Game" are dance-pop lemon drops. The album has the staying power of ice cream on August asphalt. But Cleary and her people understand and endorse its fleeting, summertime crush quality, making the record read like the histrionic headlines of a high-school yearbook.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Jive
UPC: 0828765372121
catalogNumber: 53721
Rank: 236584

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nikki Cleary   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Kevin Paige   Background Vocals
Steve Kipner   Guitar
Douglas Carr   Keyboards
David Frank   Keyboards
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Lance Morrison   Bass
Ander Wikstrom   Guitar,Background Vocals
Stephanie McKay   Background Vocals
Jeff Coplan   Drums
Pamela Sheyne   Background Vocals
Kamil Rustam   Guitar
Kristine Blond   Background Vocals
Alexis Krauss   Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Dorian Cheah   Guitar
Fredrik Thomander   Bass,Keyboards
Fredrick Boström   Bass
Camilla Brink   Background Vocals
Holly Telfer   Background Vocals
Becky Corcoran   Background Vocals
Emma Roads   Background Vocals
Tom Rees-Roberts   Trumpet
Chris Trousdale   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin Paige   Producer,Instrumentation,Engineering
John Farrar   Composer
Steve Kipner   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer
Douglas Carr   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Nick Foster   Arranger,Producer
David Frank   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Dean Murphy   Engineering
Kimberley Rew   Composer
Guy Roche   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Michael Tucker   Engineering
Ander Wikstrom   Producer,Engineering
Kara DioGuardi   Producer
Mike Rose   Arranger,Producer
Charles McCrorey   Engineering
Jeff Coplan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Engineering
Pamela Sheyne   Vocal Arrangements
Ryan Freeland   Engineering
Rich Tapper   Engineering
Christine Mundie   Contributor
Elisa Garcia   Art Direction
Supaflyas   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Engineering
Dushyant Bhakta   Engineering
Fredrik Thomander   Producer,Engineering
Nikki Cleary   Composer
Adam L. Kaplan   Management
Larry Rudolph   Management
Ben Foster   Brass Arrangment

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Nikki Cleary 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nikki Cleary, formerly known as 'Britney Cleary', has recently signed on to Jive and changed her name to 'Nikki' so there wouldn't be two Britneys on the same label (sounds like someone else we know, mr. combs ;). Her voice is pure and as good as you could expect. She's got an Avril-punkish side and than a good-girl side... Her song '1,2,3,' is still a hit on the Radio Disney top 30 and I can't wait for her CD to come out on Aug. 5!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this CD is good. I like 1 2 3. This CD is mostly about being in love and breaking up, which was what made it only good, not great. I think she has a nice voice, but I don't really like all of the words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really cool CD. I love summertime guys, walking on sunshine and 1-2-3. Nikki's voice is awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about nikki cleary when she was known as Brittney. i heard the song I.M me and i thought it was terrible, and had no buisneuss singing. i only bought this CD for the song 'you're the one that i want' with Chris Trousdale. but, i fell in love with most of the songs on this CD. she has an Ok voice, nothng spectacular, but she's a lot better then Britney Spears. It was worth the 13$ to get the CD, and i think that most pre-teens/teenagers would enjoy this CD, especiaqlly if you've been dumped, or in love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, let me just clarify that the reason I put "sort of" in the title of this review is not because her album is sort of good. Rather, it's sort of a debut because although it is her debut album on Jive Records (home of Britney Spears, *NSYNC, American Juniors, etc.), it is NOT Nikki's musical debut. When she was younger, she sang a song called "IM Me" written by her own father. Her real name is Brittney Cleary, which is the name that she used for the 'IM Me' song. When she got signed to Jive, she dropped Brittney and went for a name her manager suggested -- Nikki -- instead. I had heard her IM Me single a coupel of years ago and liked it, but I did not hear of her again until I bought some cereal and there was a sampler CD included. '1,2,3' (Nikki's first single off Jive) was included on the CD, and I loved it! Then, I heard that was doing a remake of 'You're the One I Want' (the Grease song) with Chris Trousdale (Dream Street member) and I was thrilled, because Chris is one of my favorite singers! The remake is AMAZING, and so is Nikki's entire album. Her newest song, 'Summertime Guys' (KimPossible soundtrack) was even written by her! Make sure you check this out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this cd is going to do really well. i heard clips of her songs from her street team. and they rock. my favorite its probably 1-2-3 and your the one that i want. they are both great songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely LUV her cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-2-3 is sooo cute, Sorry for Myself is so real, The Game is cool, and the rest of the songs just sound awesome!!!!!! Nikki is the next britney!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY THIS CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicci Cleary 1-2-3 is my best song. Her songs are really good. At least she's better then Brittney ,but Jamey spears is hot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nikki (aka Brittney) has an amazing voice that is obviously hidden by the robotic revisions they make on the songs. A couple is okay, but the track editor didn't use them wisely. She has talent, and there's no reason to hide her voice. These bubble-gum pop songs are a little annoying. She could be using her voice in such a better way than this! I would love to hear her sing the National Anthem, or a little edgier songs. Overall, though, because of her talent, I give her three stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nikki is the coolest I don't get why she would change her name what matters is her songs and how she wants them to feel. She really has an inspiring bio. too. It teaches us you may have a hidden talent.