I got a copy of Kris Allen’s CD in advance. It comes out Tuesday.
My initial impressions of the pop-rock album: it should satisfy his fans and remains true to what we think about Kris — dollops of Jason Mraz and John Mayer with more soul. The 13 tunes are a mix of mostly mid-tempo rock songs with ballads. My early favorites include “The Truth,” which sounds like Daughtry, the pretty “Red Guitar” and the sadly emotive ballad “I Need to Know.” “Written All Over My Face” has top 40 potential. The only song I found really offputting is “Can’t Stay Away,” which tries to rock out but he isn’t really good at reallyh rocking out. His cover of Kanye’s “Heartless” is still amazing.
He spoke with Reuters about his album, which was recorded in multiple cities. He had a hand in writing several of the songs.
His single “Live Like We’re Dying” is struggling to get much airplay and does not appear to be a massive hit. But he feels it has potential:
“It’s got a really jumpy chorus that I feel people can really get into, turn the windows down in their car and sing along with it,” he said.
Danny Gokey’s song “It’s Only” was written by the guys from Lady Antebellum and Tom Douglas.
Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who won Single of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year at the CMAs on Wednesday, went to the University of Georgia and came from Augusta.
Kelley told USA Today:
“When I sent that over to a friend of mine at Sony, she immediately thought of Danny Gokey. Upon first listen, he felt something by it. I was so excited. It’s his first single. He sings his butt off on it. We’ve gotten to know him since then, and he’s such a nice guy, got a great story. I hope the best for him.
Brian Mansfield of Idol Chatter also spoke with Kellie Pickler about her new ‘do:
“This is my big reveal, I guess,” she says. “Around town, nobody recognizes me. Even my grandpa didn’t know who I was the other day. He walked right by me.” Dolly Parton didn’t recognize her either. “She was like, ‘Well, I didn’t know it was you!’”