Allison Iraheta’s album “Just Like You” is out tomorrow. The fourth place finisher is not getting much airplay with her single “Friday I’ll Be Over You.” I’m kind of surprised top 40 radio is ignoring it because it’s a pretty decent song.
[T]he muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties, from the relentlessly propulsive ”Holiday” to the ’80s-influenced ”D Is for Dangerous” to the soaring ”Don’t Waste the Pretty.”
The album is solid across the board. She even salvages a song with a stupid title (”Robot Love”). Her rock attitude has not been diluted. Just listen to songs such as “Beat Me Up.” Sure, it’s a bit more pop than her personal taste per se, but she even sings the ballads or mid-tempo pop songs with conviction and passion. As we’ve noted on this blog many times over the months, she is far more mature vocally than 99% of her peers. I’m glad she was able to convey that well on her debut album.
Here’s an interesting quote from Allison in an AP story. It appears a lot of folks remember her but don’t remember her name. That’s not a good thing.
AP: How is your life different now after the tour and recording the album? Did you go back to school?
Iraheta: I’m still doing independent studies. It’s a little hard. I’m trying to get it out of the way. My life is totally different. People know who I am now. Not only do people stare at me because of the redness in my hair, but they act like they know me, even if they don’t remember my name. They’ll say, “Hey, it’s that redheaded girl from ‘Idol.’”
Season five crooner Ace Young, who had played Kenickie on the Broadway production of “Grease,” will take over the main Danny role for the national tour this week. That year’s winner Taylor Hicks remains as Teen Angel.