12 Songs, 44 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

Jr079 ,

Beauty, Talent and a Voice for the ages

Hearing this cd the first time I couldn't believe that Renee recorded this at the age of 14. She performs each song so beautifully. I wasn't the biggest jazz fan but I became one after hearing this cd. I can't wait for her next release. My favorite tracks are "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" & "Meet Me at Midnight", both are catching and fun. I love this cd, & if you check it out I'm sure you will too!!!

soulkid ,

Loads of Potential, stop pouting

Renee Olstead's self-titled "commercial" debut is not amazing, but it does showcase her potential. Olstead shines on gentle songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me". Its lush introductary string arrangement and her frequent use of head voice (upper register/high notes) makes the song both pleasant and easy-on-the-ears. Also, her lite-soul version of "What a Difference a Day Makes" produces a similar impact. Other Olstead highlights include "Summertime" (despite its akward uptempo break-down in the middle of the song) and the Peter Cinncotti duet "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." Fans may enjoy Olstead's rendition of the Etta James' classic "Sunday Kind of Love" but jazz enthusiast will be quick to point out Olstead's timid vocals that fail to evoke James' soul. Finally, Pop fans may enjoy the album's only "new" song "A Love That Will Last" written By David Foster and Linda Thompson because of its laid-back, smooth jazz feel. However, the main thing that holds Renee back on all of her songs is her pouty, baby-doll styled vocals that sound more burlesque/vegas than jazz. It makes you wonder if her role model is really Billie Holiday or rather Jessica Simpson?
Promising tracks:
"Someone to Watch Over Me"
"What a Difference a Day Makes"
"Breaking Up is Hard to Do"

However, If you like Erin Boheme or Jessica Simpson, you may love this whole album.

If you want a better representation of Ms. Olstead purchase her iTunes single "What a Wonderful World" or go to Barnes and Noble and pick up the Billie Holiday "lady sings the blues: 50th anniversary book" which includes a 10-track cd featuring an outstanding rendition of the Billie Holiday classic "Good Morning Heartache" sung by Renee Olstead.
Also, go to Amazon.com and purchase her ACTUAL debut cd (independently released) "By Request". It features more JAZZ STANDARDS and her voice sounds much better on that disc. Be sure to listen to her stellar rendition of "Georgia on My Mind."

justbSBreviewing ,


i first saw renee olstead on the movie 13 going on 30 with jennifer garner who is my favorite actress by the way, and i was watching the comentary on the dvd and someone said and that's renee olstead who is a very accomplished singer. And i was like renee olstead? They can't be talking about the same person who sang a love that will last, so i looked on the internet and whatever and to my surprise it was! And she is only like, 16 and she sounds like 25 or something! All the songs on here are outstanding and she deserves a lot more credit she is so underrated! I mean it would be a joke to give this cd less then 5 stars! Her voice is just so slothing and warm and when you listen to it, you just feel so relaxed! She sounds like some of those old singers back in the day like, listening to jazz and i don't know but she is the greatest!! A million plus stars!!

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