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.
Performance CreditsNikki 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 CreditsKevin 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
Dushyant Bhakta Engineering
Fredrik Thomander Producer,Engineering
Nikki Cleary Composer
Adam L. Kaplan Management
Larry Rudolph Management
Ben Foster Brass Arrangment
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nikki Cleary based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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!
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.
This is a really cool CD. I love summertime guys, walking on sunshine and 1-2-3. Nikki's voice is awesome!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.