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Music Review: Adam Lambert “Season 8 Favorite Performances” via iTunes

Continuing my American Idol Season 8 wrap-up nonsense, I decided I would also review Adam Lambert’s “Favorite Performances Collection”.  This song set is extremely popular on iTunes; it’s still #5 on top albums over one week from being released.  Here’s the review:

(The songs are in the order they appear on the track listing, and will be rating on a scale of 0 to 10 elephants)

  1. Black or White“- 8 Elephants- The live version of this “Black or White” was energetic and exciting, and I don’t think that translated very well to the studio version.  It seems much more relaxed.  Analogy: The live version is to bold, black coffee as the studio version is to a mocha frappe latte.
  2. Born to be Wild“- 8.5 Elephants- Once again, like “Black or White”, I don’t think these high-energy songs from Adam translate very well into studio recordings.  But of course it’s much harder to deliver the energy and excitement on a recording, especially an American Idol recording.  I can’t get it out of my head that this sounds like a “Born to be Wild” dance remix.
  3. Cryin“- 9 Elephants- This was one of my favorite songs from Adam throughout Season 8 because the screech/wail that he does worked so well.  It wasn’t overdone or obnoxious, it just worked.  The studio recording is similar in that it’s a great vocal and it all just works.
  4. Feeling Good“- 9.5 Elephants- I think this is one of the few songs that I enjoyed the studio recording and not really the live performance.  The studio recording is great!  Definitely one of my favorite studios from Adam.  He breathed new life to this old classic and it really worked.
  5. If I Can’t Have You“- 8.5 Elephants- The vocals in this song are great, but when I listen to it the music gives me the feeling that this an 80s pop song.  I don’t know what the people that add the backing track in are thinking sometimes.  Other than that, it’s good!
  6. Mad World“- 9.5 Elephants- I’ve got three words for you: haunting.  Take it in folks, I will never use the word “haunting” to describe a song again because it makes me feel like Kara.  Seriously though, this song is great and Adam does a great job with it every time.  It may be teetering on the edge of “performance overkill” since it’s been on every morning talk show in the U.S., but it’s still great and the definitive Adam song.
  7. One“- 9 Elephants- I expressed my complete disdain for Adam screwing up one of my favorite songs, but he fixed it all with the recording.  The little changes he made in the melody are gone and it’s back to it’s original form.  I know that I’m the number 1 proponent for changing songs up, but that’s only if it works.  If you go for it and it fails, tough stuff for you.  But like I said, he fixed it for the studio and it sounds great.
  8. Play That Funky Music“- 7 Elephants- I hate this song, and I like it no more when Adam does it.  The vocals are good, but the song is complete garbage.  That’s all I’ve gotta say about this one.
  9. Ring of Fire“-  0 Elephants- Just as frightening as the first time, I can’t even finish it.  I’m not trying to pull a Clay Aiken and say that I’m going to have nightmares and it was horrible in the vocals because that’s just not true.  The vocals are fine, the whole arrangement is just scary.  I don’t like this song really in any form though.  Oh and I don’t really give it 0, more like 7.
  10. The Tracks of My Tears“- 8.5 Elephants- I definitely liked the live version better without all the background nonsense going on, but it’s still a good song even in studio.  I wish American Idol would just leave the performances acoustic or whatever in studio because that’s the reason why American loves those performances!  Ahh, it’s so aggravating.
  11. Whole Lotta Love“- 9 Elephants- Once again like “Cryin” the screech works here.  If Adam is going to want to do the screech, then songs like these are definitely going to suit him well.  And to give the screech credit, it’s one heck of an on-pitch screech.
  12. A Change is Gonna Come“- 9 Elephants- It’s probably the most soulful track on the favorites compilation, and it definitely sounds good.  Not too much was added to the studio version (thankfully) so it keeps a lot of what was in the live version.

The Verdict

After much debate, I’ve decided that the following songs wil make the TCJ Playlist:

  • “Cryin”
  • “Feeling Good”
  • “Mad World”
  • “One”
  • “The Tracks of My Tears”
  • “Whole Lotta Love”
  • “A Change is Gonna Come”

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Rick

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American Idol Top 7 (Again) Recap

Tonight’s wonderful theme on this grand show that is American Idol is:  Disco!  Woo!  This is going to be a night, I am sure.  And thankfully, it appears that we are back to the 4 judge format this week.  That’s good news.  Wow, they got this episode started soon.  I guess they got tired of causing me to miss the last few minutes of Fringe when I have to TiVo it.  Kicking off the show tonight is…

Lil Rounds who is singing “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan.  Oh boy Lil, this is not going to go well.  I don’t understand why she can’t pick a good song.  The beginning wasn’t that terrible, but it’s getting worse.  Yeah that wasn’t good.  Lil will no doubt be leaving us tomorrow night; it’s definitely her time.  Oooh, the judges hate this mess.  But in Lil’s defense, they are being a little too difficult with her.  They’re clearly throwing her right under the bus.  And then backing up and doing it again.  Simon thinks it’s her final night, so he’s glad she enjoyed it.  Yeah, I agree.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer.  Wow, this is going to be interesting.  As I’ve said many times, Kris is the only guy that I like left in the competition.  I also think he’s the most relevant contestant left, with the exception of maybe Allison.  And this song proves that even more.  How he can take this Donna Summer and turn it into this cool, acoustic song blows my mind.  Great performance.  Kara thinks the risk paid off big time, Paula indirectly equates him to a a cross dresser by telling him that he “shops in the woman’s department often”, Simon thought it was fantastic, and Randy thought it was great and Kris knows who he is as an artist.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  Oh gosh, the first thing that comes to mind is more of those terrible dance moves.  I’m sure the singing will be overdone and I will hate it.  And of course I’m right.  I don’t know what it is, but he just puts me in a terrible mood.  He is more smug than David Cook was last year and his attitude sucks.  The performance wasn’t bad, and he has a good voice.  I just can’t stand him.  Randy thought he worked it out, Kara thought he had great pitch, Paula liked that he showed his brilliance and said he has the sexiest voice, and Simon said he can’t fault the vocals, but thought there was no star power in the performance.  Woo, Simon can’t stand him either.  Of course Paula had to remind everyone he’s still got a spot in the finals.  Ugh.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer.  Allison is probably my favorite contestant left.  I think after Megan left, I needed some one to fill the “quirk” void that Megan filled, and Allison does that well.  Allison has an incredible voice.  This sounds a lot better than last week, which was still really good.  I hope Allison goes far after Idol, because I think she has great potential.  Man, that last note was incredible!  Randy liked the vocals but not the arrangement, Kara agreed with Randy, Paula thought it was great, and Simon said it was a brilliant performance.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman.  Looks like Adam has picked the calmed down version for this week, which surprises me.  This week gave him plenty of opportunities to screech through his 90 seconds.  But I could be wrong, it just started.  This is probably his weakest performance.  Because in all honesty, when you take out the screeching, high notes, wailing, he really isn’t THAT special to me.  It’s not bad, but it’s slow and I don’t think it ever really went anywhere.  Randy starts screaming at me that Adam is a hot one tonight; Kara thought it was brilliant and his most memorable performance?  I was thinking the EXACT opposite;  Paula started a sentence with “You chose to pick a disco song [pause]….” and I was like, yeah Paula, they all did;  Simon thought it was original and memorable.  Man I guess I was watching something else.  Oh well.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud a.k.a the man of many chances singing “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.  Oooh Matt Giraud.  I do not enjoy his singing in any way shape or form.  I don’t know why he continues to assault us with his terrbile falsetto.  It’s just so horrible.  Oh Matt, this is a mess.  It’s all over the place and the constant little vocal add-ons and dragging notes out for 10 minutes apeice is not working out.  Sorry, but I think you are gone for good.  Randy thought it was the best group of 7 they’ve had.  Ummm… no.Kara likes to see him move (hopefully out the door), Paula says he’s staying and something about bowling, and Simon didn’t like it.  Next up is…

Anoop Desai singing “Dim All The Lights” by Donna Summer.  Man Anoop is boring.  He managed to turn a disco song into a snooze fest.  This is a real sleeper right here, I’ve gotta say.  And just when I was starting to like him.  It improves as it goes on, and there was a really good note in there that he held for a while.  It definitely got  better as it went on, with the exception of the last night, but overall it was boring and just okay.  Randy thought his voice was awesome and replayed what he said about the top 7 being awesome, Kara thought the song choice was great, Paula said a lot that meant nothing, and Simon disagreed with everyone and said it was mediocre at best.

Scoreboard- Top 7

  • Kris Allen- A
  • Allison Iraheta- A
  • Adam Lambert- B+
  • Danny Gokey-B-
  • Anoop Desai- C+
  • Matt Giraud- C
  • Lil Rounds- C-

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Rick

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