"Beautiful Soul" has all the right ingredients to catapult 17-year-old Jesse McCartney into teen idol territory.
"Beautiful Soul" has all the right ingredients to catapult 17-year-old Jesse McCartney into teen idol territory. It mixes one part Justin Timberlake, one part Aaron Carter and a dash of rockin' guitar riffs. Then, such heavy hitters as Desmond Child (Clay Aiken, Bon Jovi), Andreas Carlsson (Britney Spears) and Matthew Gerrard (Hilary Duff) work their musical magic. Simply said, "Beautiful Soul" is a perfect blend of soulful grooves, infectious pop-rock hooks and charismatic yet mature vocals. The highly endearing title track, which is the set's lead single, is connecting with mainstream audiences. And with a number of equally potent follow-up singles ("Because You Live," "What's Your Name," "Why Don't You Kiss Her"), it's likely that this other McCartney will also become a household name.—KK