Young female musicians' popular takeover of radio and MTV in 2002 and 2003 wholly eradicated the marketplace of Britney Spears and her ilk. The benefit of this is a matter of personal taste. But what is clear is that the success of artists like Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Vanessa Carlton set the pop music cycle in motion once again, and the music industry clamored to strike with the next anti-Britney while the iron was hot. Transplanted New Yorker Lucy Woodward gets her chance with While You Can, her Atlantic debut. Co-produced by John Shanks, While You Can reassembles many of the elements that made stars of such Shanks-produced artists as Branch and Sheryl Crow, wrapping Woodward's strong, sexy, and slightly Kim Carnes-y voice around homogenous alternative pop arrangements that nonetheless make for memorable tunes. Following a trend established by Lavigne, Woodward's single "Dumb Girls" was originally introduced online via the AOL Breakers Series. Woodward and her song were featured on demographic-specific pages like "AOL Teen," and soon the track had been streamed over 500,000 times. When "Dumb Girls" arrived at radio stations, the Internet exposure ensured a fan base would already be thriving. The punchy, mid-tempo song finds Woodward kicking herself for letting the catch of the day go, with the tagline "Something like this only happens to dumb girls." Complete with teeth-baring mentions of flipping the bird and a few low-level cuss words, the song is a perfectly packaged advertisement for Woodward and While You Can -- gritty, confident, but still romantic. While You Can is loaded with knockout hooks ("Trust Me [You Don't Wanna See This]" and "Trouble With Me" are standouts), and a hint of soul ("The Breakdown") amongst the predominantly pop-alternative arrangements works well with Woodward's powerful, expressive voice. But the record is ultimately derivative of what has come before. It's a drawback to the artists above, as well as previous players like Natalie Imbruglia and Nikka Costa, that the perfected sheen of major-label production tends to dilute the musician's individual creativity. Even when she has songwriting input, as Woodward does, the formula is usually what ends up shining through. And when it's applied to an entire album, that formula grows tiresome.
Performance CreditsLucy Woodward Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Pino Palladino Bass
T.M. Stevens Guitar
Tad Wadhams Bass
Patrick Warren Keyboards
John Shanks Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass
Denny Weston Drums
Greg Bieck Piano,Mellotron,Mini Moog
Jennifer Karr Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Drums
Technical CreditsMarc DeSisto Engineer
Vini Poncia Executive Producer
Patrick Warren String Arrangements
John Shanks Producer
Richard Bates Art Direction
Craig Kallman Executive Producer
Denny Weston Engineer
Ron Shapiro Executive Producer
Mark Valentine Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Marc VanGool Guitar Techician
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While You Can based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Lucy's CD has very cool songs, catchy lyrics, and her voice, although different, is great. dumb girls and trust me (you don't wanna see this) are great!
I got this cd a couple weeks back and it pretty much hasn't left the cd player. Woodward had such an amazing voice. Dumb Girls probably (in my opinion) is the best song on the album
Lucy Woodward is the new shining star! Her CD is absolutely amazing. She has powerful vocals that resonate throughout her songs... I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone who is tired of the typical teeny bopper music that is out there - this is the real stuff!!!
"While You Can" is one of the best CD's I've listened to in a while. Each song has it's own style, making it good for whatever mood you're in. I recomend it for any music lover!
im listining to this cd right now in a listning party that is on netscape.com , and i like what i hear. Move over Avril and Michelle! Lucy's comin' your way! This is a great cd, and im planning on going out and buying it. Id never even heard of her name before this, and now i really like her. :-) so check it out! it's brand new!
I was very surprised when I listened to this Cd. Unlike the other unrecognizable pop singers, Lucy Woodward is a unique and rockin singer! I give this album 5 stars because Lucy stands out from the crowd. A great album, filled with songs that keep you rocking on!
This is such a fun album, its so much fun to sing too. This album has made her one of my favorite artists. How could u not love her, she is so talented and I hope she never stops.