Perhaps it was inevitable, once Britney shot to stardom strutting in short skirts and, once she got there, she stripped to "Satisfaction" and teased Bob Dole's dog in Pepsi ads. Perhaps it was inevitable, once Christina got what a girl wants, and then danced as a French courtesan for a tie-in to Moulin Rouge. Perhaps it was inevitable once Jessica Simpson trashed her virginal image with a spread in FHM, or when Mandy Moore had videos directed by Gregory Dark, the auteur behind such extreme-porn as Sex Freaks. Perhaps it was inevitable, but nevertheless, Willa Ford is shocking, even to jaded observers of pop culture. She's presented as a panting, wanton teen tart, a girl that is desperate to be bad. On the front cover, she looks strikingly like Nomi Malone, Elizabeth Berkley's legendary loose-cannon white-trash stripper from Paul Verhoeven's classic Showgirls. On the back, she's dressed in vulgarly short short-shorts; inside, she's posed provocatively on a motorcycle, legs invitingly askew. (Plus, the month the album hit the stores, she was on the cover of the Maxim spin-off Stuff, with enough makeup to look like a raccoon.) And that's it -- that's how you know Willa was here, that's what the album is about. Maybe the lead single, "I Wanna Be Bad," has some post-Britney, Max Martin flair, and is pretty catchy, but that's the one time the entire cynical enterprise works. After that, things become startlingly crass in its commerciality, as each sub-Jessica Simpson dance-pop cut and syrupy ballad only enhance the sneaking suspicion that this is all about presenting middle-age record collector sex fantasies as modern pop (even the CD's label plays into this, looking like a 45 -- something that would make no sense to a teen audience, if that's indeed who this is for).
Performance CreditsWilla Ford Primary Artist,Vocals
Tim Kelley Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Andy Marvel Keyboards
Eve Nelson Keyboards
Bob Robinson Guitar,Piano
Gerry Leonard Guitar
Jennifer Carr Background Vocals
Michael Nigro Keyboards
Masa Shimizu Guitar
Technical CreditsRobbie Nevil Producer
Howie Hirsh Producer
Tim Kelley Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andy Marvel Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eve Nelson Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bob Robinson Producer,Engineer
DJ Skribble Producer
Cynthia Daniels Vocal Production Assistance
Anthony Acid Producer
Jason Flom Executive Producer
Rob Fusari Programming,Producer
Andy "Crazy Andy" Shane Executive Producer
Jennifer Carr Vocal Arrangements
Christina Dittmar Art Direction
Falonte Moore Programming,Producer
Willa Ford Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Sheppard drum programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Willa Was Here based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Wow!! Willa really kicks it when she sings one of her hit songs '' I wanna be bad'' You in the mood for hot music? This is the cd
I am sorry, but this girl can't sing and IS NOT BAD. Her lyrics says that, "I wanna be bad," which she's practically portraying in such a lame and pathetic way. It's like a desperate call for help. She's not an artist, in my opinion. She mainly just composes such a desperate way to show her "badness" with such bad music, which is not interesting, cute, hot, attractive, and not close to being the glue for the eye. She's no Britney. Not Christina. And defintely, not "Dirrty" and definitely NOT BAD in a good, postive, attractive way.
EW! If Willa is trying to appeal to the teen audience that Britney just lost, then she's not succeeding. I'm sorry, but this cd is just, quite frankly gross! If she wants to appeal to that age group, then tone it down, Willa!!!
1st of all, this cd is great!!! i have herd the whole cd and it rocks.
Okay, this CD is totally AWESOME!!! Better than Britney? YES!! I like Britney, but Willa is better! Willa has what most female pop stars don't, and thats attitude! Buy this album!
I just bought her cd and it rox. it is my fave cd right now. it havent taken it out of my cd player for days. i love it!