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Kris Allen’s new album, Danny Gokey’s Georgia connection w/ the single

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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!’”

38 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

November 13th, 2009
11:24 am

Deirdre – wrote a couple of movie suggestions on the previous thread – kinda knew the moment I posted it Rodney would come to life with something new… so please check back.

Deirdre

November 13th, 2009
11:56 am

I answered you over there, Mercedes. I always check previous threads for awhile after a new thread is posted.

JTesla

November 13th, 2009
11:56 am

Thanks for the review Rodney. Sounds like Kris has a solid album.

Also, thank you for not bringing up that other guy. Kris could use a little time in the spotlight by himself.

KPH

November 13th, 2009
12:51 pm

NBW

November 13th, 2009
3:13 pm

Diana DeGarmo is part of an all star cast doing a one night performance of “Carrie:The Musical.”

[Quote]“American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo ain’t so sweet anymore — she’s going to shower a girl with pig’s blood in “Carrie: the musical”.
Via Playbill, it seems the musical adaptation of 1976 horror movie “Carrie” may be coming to Broadway, an American Idol in tow. Diana DeGarmo has been cast as “Chris” for this industry reading/performance. Chris is the girl who masterminds Carrie’s fake Prom Queen win and subsequent pig’s blood shower. Why, Diana DeGarmo! You naughty girl!”[/Quote]
The event is November 20th and stars Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. If this goes well the hope is to bring the re-vamped musical back to Broadway in 2010.
http: //blog.zap2it.com /frominsidethebox/2009/11/american-idol-finalist-diana-degarmo-joins-carrie-cast.html

Barker

November 13th, 2009
3:21 pm

I think it’s too early to say that Kris’ single is struggling. It’s currently ranked #23 on the HAC chart, and #38 on the pop chart, this is the mediabase chart that just deals with spins. The song is ranked at #40 on billboard’s pop chart, and it is also ranked on billboards adult pop and Christian charts. It’s doing better on HAC, but I think the pop spins will increase as Kris begings to get more national attention while he promotes the album.

Mercedes S.

November 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Didn’t “Carrie” try once already for B-way?

Mercedes S.

November 13th, 2009
3:51 pm

Sure enough, “Carrie” the musical is considered the biggerst Broadway flop of all time. It opened on April 28, 1988, with Stephen King in the audience. Half of the audience booed, the other half loved it. Critics killed the show. It lasted 2 preview weeks and five perfs. Unauthorized productions have existed since, ditto parodies like “Scarrie”, When last hear of, “Carrie” the musical was staged (legally) in a high school in Denmark.

Rickster

November 13th, 2009
4:22 pm

Here’s my end-of-the-week, going away present to carry certain members of the blogosphere through the weekend.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Grand Ole Opry and MySpace are uniting to live stream an Opry performance with video for the first time this Saturday.

Opry performances between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST will be shown, including appearances by Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, Jake Owen and others.

Underwood will perform music from her just-released CD “Play On,” including the fastest-rising single of her career to date, “Cowboy Casanova.”

And thanks again to everyone for their prayers for my s-i-l, who seems to be doing better.

NBW

November 13th, 2009
4:25 pm

Yeah the original Carrie is pretty infamous. According to the Broadway sites online, the musical has been revamped with all new songs and changes in the script to address the problems. Oddly it has become a cult favorite in the years since the 1988 disaster. They’ve got a Tony award winner and two former Tony award nominees as part of the development cast.

Deirdre

November 13th, 2009
4:40 pm

OK, who wants to know what I thought of 2012? Any “not me” answers can just skip the next paragraph.

That had to be a parody of every disaster film EVER made! Not that it wasn’t fun to watch…it was! But it is TOTALLY unbelievable! There are all sorts of fun things to see. Los Angeles sliding into the ocean. Las Vegas sinking into a huge hole. And even the dialogue is fun. Someone actually says “That’s a suicide mission” No, really! All in all, it’s an entertaining film. The only “real” thing was hearing Adam Lambert’s voice singing “Time For Miracles” during the closing credits.

JTesla

November 13th, 2009
4:45 pm

How much more national attention does Kris need to get more spins? The fact is that the song is struggling, all indicators point to that. However, nothing in that statement indicates that it can’t take off and do really well… the statement is simply that it currently is struggling.

Current indicators are not proof of future performance, lottery games should be played for entertainment and not investment purposes.

Rickster

November 13th, 2009
4:47 pm

Thanks for the review, your highness. Now I know when the credits start rolling, I’ll hit “stop” on the DVD ! :-)

(What? You thought I was going to pay $10 to watch it in the theater?)

Brad

November 13th, 2009
4:51 pm

“It’s Only” is tailor made for the kind of music Danny has always represented himself with as a performer. It is also the kind of song that is tailor made for Country pop fans – in the mode of Rascal Flatts. And it has the whole distinctive Mark Bright and Lady Antebellum production all over it. This is not the type of song that will likely be a huge hit in the mainstream, teeny bopper, hip hop, MTV rock crowd. But that was never the intent. Danny accomplished what he needed to do with the debut single – that is, keep the fans happy but also reach out to new fans in Country Music. “It’s Only” works because Danny stayed trued to who is as an artist. This is a very topical song and with it’s holiday release, I can see this being a big win for Danny.

Deirdre

November 13th, 2009
4:58 pm

The only thing missing was dinosaurs. I would have liked a couple of dinosaurs.

Deirdre

November 13th, 2009
5:49 pm

I honestly wish Kris was doing better. I like his voice a lot and I like him, too. Maybe another track on the cd will get him some attention.

Mercedes S.

November 13th, 2009
6:33 pm

But, D., you got a helicopter-hoisted giraffe!

Aside from calling the rerecorded cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless” awesome, Entertainment Weekly is B- dismissive of “Kris Allen”:

“On his post-Idol debut, the season 8 champion sniffs around a musical identity but never quite curls up in one. Despite scoring writing credits on an impressive nine of these 13 tracks, Allen gets himself stylistically lost somewhere between Fly White Guy Avenue (’Can’t Stay Away’) and Bleeding Heart Boulevard (’The Truth’), while rarely visiting original territory. He’s also got a tendency to overstuff the lyrics; even his most interesting tune, the hand-clappy ‘Alright With me’, beats the word centers of the brain into submission.”

Off on a road-trip tomorrow, to Little Rock, Ark. Look forward to seeing fly-over states up close!

stephanie

November 13th, 2009
6:52 pm

Danny Gokey’s song is really quite beautiful. Great start for his first country CD.

Allenism

November 14th, 2009
1:15 am

I got Kris’s iTunes pass. I’m patiently waiting for Kris’s album. Thanks Rodney for your brief review.
I love Kris’s vocal and his choices of songs. I learned that Kris wrote some songs in his debut album. How exciting!!!

Deirdre

November 14th, 2009
8:27 am

Yes, I admit that the helicopter-hoisted giraffe was a nice touch.

Nana

November 16th, 2009
6:34 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote: “Happiness keeps you sweet, Trials keeps you strong, Sorrows keep you human, Failures keeps you humble, Success keeps you glowing, but only God keeps you going.”

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, hubby and I plan on seeing “2012″. Thanks for the reviews Deirdre and Mercedes. Can’t wait to see it. From the previews shown on TV, it really looks to be captivating.

Over the weekend, I finally had a chance to read the link about Lt. Dan and as I read, I felt the tears. This is such an amazing young man. My prayers are with him and his family as they travel this road of pain.

Rickster, how is your sis-in -law?

Deirdre

November 16th, 2009
7:37 am

Morning!

I had a very nice weekend. Hope the same is true for all the other blogsters.

Nana, enter the movie 2012 with a sense of humor and you’ll be just fine.

It’s almost time to start planning the Thanksgiving meal. Hubby will be working on Thanksgiving so I have a couple of extra days to plan since we will be celebrating on the Saturday after.

Nana

November 16th, 2009
7:46 am

What Deirdre, me have a sense of humor!!!!. No, really I do. Thanks for that little tidbit. Appreciate it.

Not only are my Thanksgiving plans final, I have also completed ALL my Christmas shopping, and everything is wrapped and ready to go under the tree. The outside of our house is completely decorated as well as the inside. Putting up the trees this coming week-end. All my baking is done and in the freezer. Now, I can sit back and just enjoy the holidays. :)

Highlander

November 16th, 2009
7:54 am

Morning, all!
Well, now we all see that Nana was evidently born with that rare Martha Stewart gene. That’s something she shares with my wife – except Nana seems to be way ahead of even my little OCD’er! :-)

Deirdre

November 16th, 2009
7:55 am

Nana…sometimes I hate you! ;-) I wish I could be as organized. Well…I COULD be as organized if I set my mind to it but I don’t. Someday you’ll have to teach me the discipline it takes to do all that so far ahead of time. Just call me Grasshopper, Master.

Nana

November 16th, 2009
8:28 am

Deirdre, I have been this way since I was a small child. I used to tell my mother that since I came into this world 2 months early, I didn’t have time to waste! I have always been very organized no matter what I was doing. I have a place for everything and everyhing in it’s place. I’m always the one in my family to organize our get togethers, with mailing announcements to decorating. That’s one reason I got into human resources.

Rickster

November 16th, 2009
8:32 am

Morning, all.

Slightly encouraging news on the s-i-l. She’s able to answer yes/no questions by a shake or nod of her head. She may be moved out of ICU in the next day or two if they can wean her off the ventilator (which they’re trying to do.)

Considering that – last week at this time – we didn’t think she’d make it through the next 72 hours, it’s huge.

So the prayers seem to be working folks. Please keep ‘em up.

Rickster

November 16th, 2009
8:52 am

And I’m sure all of us are waiting to see how big of a smile Linny shows up with this morning after her anniversary weekend! :-)

Heather MacDonald

November 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Highlander, never fear. Next weekend everything gets decorated… OCD style. Congrats on getting yours done early, Nana!! :-)

Nana

November 16th, 2009
9:04 am

Great news Rickster!! Our prayers will continue and your family will have alot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

kelly&carriefan

November 16th, 2009
9:14 am

Good morning, y’all!

Rickster! That is great news…will continue to think/pray for your family.

Nana, love Today’s quote.

I’m not ready for Christmas yet, but sure am ready to say goodbye to 2009. Bring on 2010 and the better luck! :)

Deirdre

November 16th, 2009
9:16 am

Good news, Rickster. I hope that her improvement continues.

Nana, I wish I was born with those organizational genes but apparently I got the “wait until the last minute” genes. :-)

sweet

November 16th, 2009
10:28 am

I think Kris will do really well. Given the fact that his album was rushed, I say that the result is quite impressive. Just love this album

Rodney Ho

November 16th, 2009
10:56 am

New blog entry up. Talking to David Cook in four hours…

Decatur D'Eriq

November 16th, 2009
2:34 pm

Man this show would be better if ya’d bring in some swagger.

[...] Season 8 winner of “American Idol” releases his first CD. “Idol” blogger Rodney Ho says it “remains true to what we think about Kris — dollops of Jason Mraz and John Mayer [...]

Maya

November 18th, 2009
12:36 pm

Kris Allen is definitely a cutie, but I find The Script’s version of Live Like We’re Dying superior. It’s just odd that their song from an album released JUST LAST YEAR is his lead single.
But I’m a fan of those lads. I’m even considering going to see Cookie, just to see them open. :)

Heidi

November 25th, 2009
9:50 am

I have Kris Allen’s CD in my car! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Everyone needs to stop hating on him that its sooo boring! Its amazing, end of story! Its worth the money people, GO GET IT!! LOVE KRIS ALLEN!