This Crazy Life

Music review by
Tony Whittum, Common Sense Media
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True vocal talent from MTV's True Life.

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Positive Messages

Covers the importance of taking chances and doing what you are most passionate about.


Fans may know her from MTV's show True Life.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive here. Joanna passionately sings about subjects and experiences in her own life that are important to her -- making a record, taking chances, and doing what you are most passionate about. While her perspective is sometimes naive, it's heartfelt and genuine.

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What's the story?

THIS CRAZY LIFE is the debut album from Joanna (Pacitti), a talented young singer with a powerful and multifaceted voice. After performing on a local talent show and in a production of Annie at age 16 (when she was signed by Geffen Records) she was the subject of MTV's True Life series documenting her efforts to make a record. Five years later, this CD is the admirable result. The "hit makers" from Geffen Records (including Ron Fair, who helped launch Christina Aguilera's career) enlist a veritable army of musicians here: string sections, choirs, and programmers. All, it seems, in a somewhat futile effort to keep up up with the mighty pipes of Joanna. These soaring guitar solos, power rock chords, and lush string and choral arrangements often conflict with Joanna's astonishing voice.

Is it any good?

Joanna's performances have a range and maturity that belie her youth. Underneath the din of instruments, you'll find Joanna's youthful poetry -- she co-wrote seven of the 11 tracks. Her words reflect the Herculean effort to make a record, a struggle for independence, taking chances, and doing what you are most passionate about while still experiencing and appreciating this crazy life. This leap of creative freedom, as well as her astonishing vocal talent, point to her potential.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what life might be like for someone like Joanna. What do you think she has to give up to have a career? What's the importance of working hard to follow your dreams? What are you most passionate about and how can you start pursuing your dreams right now?

Music details

  • Artist: Joanna
  • Release date: August 15, 2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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