After nearly a four year hiatus, pop singer Jesse McCartney has released three singles that will be on his new album, in which he goes retro and gets in touch with his emotional side. The proof of this is evidenced on his latest ballad The Other Guy and the Prince-like R&B tune Superbad.
For The Other Guy, which was released by MTV on July 18, McCartney tells the story of what it is like to be a cheating girlfriend’s “great escape” from her boyfriend. Though the song is a simple piano and strings ballad, it greatly shows off the singer’s strong vocal range, particularly on the lyrics of the chorus: “Girl, I’m sitting here wondering what it is that we’ve done/ Baby, who am I? / To be the other guy/ ‘Cause I’ve seen tables turned/ A world of hurt/ I never want to feel twice/ I know what’s it like from the other side.”
It has been ten years since the pop singer first swooned his way into teen heartthrob status. After leaving the boy band Dream Street, 2004 saw the release of McCartney’s solo debut album Beautiful Soul, with the title and lead track becoming an instant hit. In addition, he had also gotten cast on the WB Network series Summerland, which premiered in the fall of the same year. Very quickly, he had young girls crushing and screaming for him long before the likes of Justin Beiber and Zac Efron, who was also his co-star on Summerland.
In the years that followed, Jesse McCartney kept busy with both music and acting. After Summerland ended its short run in 2005, he released a live album and the next year saw the release of his second studio album Right Where You Want Me. Along with his own musical career, he had also helped launch the career of pop singer Leona Lewis by co-writing her mega hit Bleeding Love. Though he does sing his own version of the song from time to time, he knows and greatly accepts that he does not quite match the fire of it like Lewis does.
As the singer matured, so did his music. In an effort to shed his teen heartthrob image and step into serious musical endeavors, he released a handful of R&B flared albums, starting with Departure in 2008. However, it was around 2011 that Jesse McCartney put his focus more on acting than music. His voice can be heard as the character Theodore in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.
He has also played a recurring role on the Lifetime Network series Army Wives, and will soon be seen in the upcoming film Chernobyl Diaries. In recent news, it was announced that he will guest star on the new ABC Family series Young and Hungry, which will have him working alongside his Diaries co-star Jonathan Sadowski.
On his new album, titled In Technicolor, McCartney not only gets in touch with his emotional side, but he also goes deeper into his love of retro R&B and funk music. In a KISS FM radio interview, the singer talked about how it is a reflection of the 70s and 80s pop-funk and R&B he grew up listen to at a young age.
The album’s cover gives even more evidence of the vintage vibe. With the singer wearing a gray suit and the lettering in Technicolor-like font behind a light blue background, the cover looks as if it was an album released in the early 1980s.
In Technicolor is set for release on July 22, 2014, and will be also be supported by a recently announced North American tour starting on July 25. The tour will kick off in Charlotte, N.C. and will end on Sept. 4 in Anaheim, CA.
Whether McCartney is singing the teen pop songs that gets young girls emotional and frantic, whether he goes into his retro Michael Jackson vibes for a new album, or whether he is showing off his talent as an actor, none of that matters. What matters is that he is the one who will be taking control of his career. Given his success, it appears that there is no stopping Jesse McCartney.
Opinion by Andrew Cerecedes