Departure is Jesse McCartney's third studio album that was released on May 20, 2008 by Hollywood Records.
The album was re-released on April 7, 2009 as "Departured: Recharged" which featured five brand-new tracks.
- Leavin' 3:40
- It's Over 4:09
- Rock You 3:10
- How Do You Sleep? 3:44
- Into Ya 3:47
- Make Up 3:54
- My Baby 3:33
- Told You So 4:03
- Relapse 3:38
- Runnin' 3:45
- Freaky 3:39
- Not Your Enemy 4:14
Departure: Recharged Tracklisting
- How Do You Sleep (Remix) (featuring Ludacris)
- Crash & Burn
- Body Language
- In My Veins
"Departure" has been described by McCartney as a complete change in musical style compared to his previous releases.
About the new album, he said, "I'm shooting for Prince chord changes, Michael [Jackson] melodies, and the bigness of Madonna - fun '80s stuff. That's the best that I can put it".
The producers on the album include Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Sean Garrett, The Clutch, Brian Kennedy, and J. R. Rotem.
The album was re-released in April of 2009 as "Departure: Recharged" which
Departure was re-released under the name Departure: Recharged on April 7, 2009. It includes five brand-new tracks and the remix version of "How Do You Sleep?" featuring rapper Ludacris.
McCartney said that the five new tracks, including three brand-new compositions, would be available for individual sale online for those who already own "Departure."
He said the following about the re-release: "I kind of want to rejuvenate the album a little bit and make it fresh again for everyone and make sure if they haven't checked it out yet that they will this time."
"Departure" debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 30,200 copies, staying on the chart for 24 weeks. It has also peaked at #9 on Billboard's Digital Albums chart.
To date, the album has sold 272,000 copies.
"Departure" received mixed reviews from music critics. Johnny Dee from Virgin Media reviewed the album saying: "Without doubt the pop album of the summer."
He praised McCartney's musical growth and transition stating: "McCartney has undergone an incredible re-invention from soppy tween pin-up into an R&B love stallion", comparing the new McCartney style with Justin Timberlake with the same permutation of sexual bragging and toned pop arrangements that has served him so well.
He also stated about the album, "the urban slang doesn't sound very convincing but the melodies and excellent production are so sharp he gets away with it", giving it 4.5 stars out of 5.
AllMusic described the album as "a successful attempt from McCartney but still not fully complete to prove that he's no longer a kid, breaking out of his Disney Past also a departure from the stuffy adult contemporary vibe of 2006's "Right Where You Want Me", which found the then-teenager acting far older than his years"; and gave it 3.5 stars out of 5.
Alex Macpherson from The Guardian reviewed (Departure) as a two step process: "First, put pen to paper and come up with Bleeding Love, the monster single that launched Leona Lewis on the world. Second, reinvent yourself as an Usher-in-waiting on your third album with the help of the best post-Timbaland R&B producers (Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the Clutch)"; and gave it four stars out of five.
Nick Levine From Digital Spy described the album as 'pointing to a brighter future' for the fresh-faced McCartney, and gave credit to him as he stated: "McCartney's contribution shouldn't be underestimated. He's a sexier, more convincing vocalist than people would think."
Also, giving credit to the expensive production team (which includes JR Rotem, Sean Garrett and Tricky and The Dream), and as if comparing between Jesse and Justin [Timberlake], he stated, "JT needn't get scared yet, but he should be aware that a new pretender to his throne has arrived".
Levine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, with the remarkable change in Jesse's musical style and a bright outlook for Jesse's upcoming projects, with plenty of winning hits.